Virginia is the No. 1 seed in the Midwest region for this year’s NCAA tournament, the NCAA Selection Committee announced Sunday night.
Opponent, tipoff time and TV information are yet to be determined.
Kansas was named the overall No. 1 seed and is in the South region. Oregon is the top seed in the West and North Carolina is the other No. 1 seed, placed in the East region.
With a handful of questionable losses and their loss in Saturday night’s ACC title game against North Carolina, the Cavaliers (26-7) were considered candidates for a No. 2 seed after Oregon’s win in the Pac-12 final. However, it appears that the selection committee chose to look at the Cavaliers’ stellar wins, which include one over fellow No. 1 seed UNC as well as seven over Villanova, West Virginia, Louisville (two), California, and Miami (two).
It’s the 20th NCAA tournament appearance in school history, third in a row, and fourth in five years. It’s the first time either of those stretches have been replicated since Jeff Jones was UVa’s coach.
It’s also the fifth time that the team has earned a No. 1 seed, and just the second time they’ve done so since 1983.