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Virginia basketball seeded third by SB Nation bracketologists

Rough start to 2016 has not yet knocked Hoos off top seed lines

Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Although it's been ... somewhat less than fun to watch Virginia Cavaliers basketball the past few weeks, things aren't all doom and gloom for the men in orange and blue.

SB Nation's bracketologists have the Hoos as a 3-seed in their projections for the week of January 19th.

Jan 19 bracket

This Midwest bracket features Kansas as the 1-seed and Iowa at #2, with both playing the opening weekend games in Des Moines.

Virginia would play Stony Brook out of the America East Conference. Playing that game in Providence, Rhode Island would allow the Stony Brook faithful to trek only a short distance from Long Island.

A win in the first round brings three equally unpalatable options in the round of 32: playing a Kentucky team loaded with NBA talent; a rematch with Cal, who took the Hoos to overtime at JPJ; or an ACC rematch with Syracuse, another team from the Northeast.

Making it to the Sweet Sixteen would earn Virginia a trip to Chicago and a matchup with (most likely) Iowa or one of the two teams from Indiana.