Virginia earns No. 1 seed

Virginia earns No. 1 seed
March 16, 2014, 7:45 pm
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(John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports)

The Cavaliers won more than just its first ACC tournament championship since 1976 on Sunday, they also earned their fourth No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Virginia was named the top seed of the East Region Sunday night, their first No. 1 seed since 1983. They joined other top seeds Florida, Arizona and Wichita State.

The Cavaliers will face No. 16 Coastal Carolina on Friday March 21 in Raleigh, North Carolina. With a win, they will face the winner of Memphis/George Washington on Sunday.

It was unclear who the fourth No. 1 seed would be right up until the announcement. Michigan and Villanova also had strong claims and both were regular season champions of the Big 10 and Big East respectively. Only Virginia, however, was able to win both the regular season and tournament championships. Today’s championship win over Duke was likely the deciding factor for the Cavaliers.

Perhaps Villanova and Virginia will be able to settle it on the court. Villanova is the No. 2 seed of the East Region, meaning the two teams could potentially meet in the Elite Eight. The region also boasts No. 3 Iowa State, No. 4 Michigan State, No. 5 Cincinnati, No. 6 North Carolina, No. 7 Connecticut, Big East champion Providence, CAA champion Delaware and Ivy League champion Harvard. It will be a tough road for the Cavs.

This is Virginia’s first tournament appearance since 2012 and second under head coach Tony Bennett. Both the second and third round games will be played at PNC Arena.