University of Virginia named No. 1 overall seed; will face UMBC

Florence Fletcher
March 12, 2018

After reaching the ACC Tournament title game by beating Louisville and Clemson, the Cavaliers (31-and-2) beat North Carolina for the second time this season, and captured their second conference tournament crown since 2014. "There's nobody that has more respect and admiration for the way another coach coaches than what I feel for Tony Bennett".

"This is a complete group. Their unity is a good as any team I've coached".

Guy's impact on the game often surpasses the box score, which makes him a ideal leader in Virginia's team-first mantra.

The semifinal contest proved to have some of the same offensive difficulties for the Tigers, but they didn't get beaten as easily this time as they did in January.

Virginia got eight points in the first half from backup guard Nigel Johnson. However, a 16-0 run by Virginia put the Cavaliers back in control of the game and sent them into the locker room with a 32-23 lead at the half.

UVa redshirt freshman De'Andre Hunter says, "It'll be a insane atmosphere, I'm sure".

Hall and reserve forward Mamadi Diakite scored 10 points apiece for the balanced Cavaliers, who enjoyed a 21-5 advantage in bench points and overcame 28 percent shooting (5 for 18) from 3-point territory.

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This year's team went 25-6 during the regular season and won the SEC regular season title with a 13-5 mark in league play. Most notably, Oklahoma (18-13) dropped from a four-seed to a No. 10 - the product of losing eight of its final 10 games.

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MI beat Purdue for the Big Ten title at Madison Square Garden, where more than 4,000 seats went unsold for the championship game. The Tigers would get either fifth-seeded Ohio State or the victor of the play-in game between 11-seeds Texas and Syracuse.

Virginia Tech, one of the two teams to defeat Virginia this season, earned one of the 36 at-large bids and one of the ACC's nine total bids, the most by a single conference this year.

What it means for Virginia: The Cavaliers are who they've been all year long: the best team in the country. They are the No. 1 team unanimously, and they beat us by 77 points or whatever it was.

The Tide enters the tournament with a 19-15 record.

Junior center Jack Salt adds, "We've had a pretty fantastic season, so to top it off with that would be a great feeling".

"Now of course you turn your attention to what's next and prepare as well as you can and get as much film", Bennett said. "And he'll do whatever you ask". Clemson shot 35 percent from the field, including 5 for 25 on 3s.

Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 Saturday night at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, NY.

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