Once Virginia was named the #1 seed in the Midwest Region, all eyes turned to who the Hoos would play. Of course the attention is on the bottom of the bracket and the #2 seed Michigan State Spartans. But before any potential rematch with Tom Izzo's squad, the Hoos will have to go through these three teams.
#16 Hampton Pirates (21-10, 13-3 MEAC)
KenPom rank: 222
Tournament appearance: 6th
The Pirates enter the tournament as the MEAC champions, beating South Carolina State handily in the conference tournament finals. Virginia has played Hampton 7 times and won each matchup. Their last game was in 2014, a 69-40 UVa win at JPJ.
#8 Texas Tech Red Raiders (19-12, 9-9 Big 12)
KenPom rank: 42
Tournament appearance: 15th (one vacated by NCAA)
The Red Raiders are led by Tubby Smith, who moved to Lubbock after being fired by Minnesota in 2013. Texas Tech started their Big 12 season 3-7, but went 6-2 down the stretch including wins over Oklahoma and Iowa State. They lost to TCU in the first round of the Big 12 tournament.
#9 Butler Bulldogs (21-10, 10-8 Big East)
KenPom rank: 40
Tournament appearance: 14th
Chris Holtmann is in his second year at the helm for Butler after Brad Stevens left for the NBA. The Bulldogs came into conference play at 11-1, but faltered against the tougher competition in the Big East. Providence sent them packing in the first round of the Big East tournament.