March 12, 2017
Virginia will make its 21st NCAA Tournament appearance and fourth straight for the first time since 1981-84.
It was announced Sunday (March 12) that Virginia (22-10) is the No. 5 seed in the NCAA East Region. The Cavaliers will face No. 12 seed UNC Wilmington (29-5) in an NCAA Tournament first-round game in Orlando, Fla., at Amway Center on Thursday, March 16. Tipoff time is set for 12:40 p.m. ET.
The winner of the Virginia-UNC Wilmington game will meet No. 4 seed Florida (24-8) or No. 13 seed East Tennessee State (27-7) in the second round on Saturday, March 18.
The other pod of teams competing in Orlando includes squads from the West Region. Those matchups are No. 3 seed Florida State (25-8) vs. No. 14 seed Florida Gulf Coast (26-7) and No. 6 seed Maryland (24-8) vs. No. 11 seed Xavier (21-13).
The Cavaliers advanced to the NCAA Midwest Regional final last year after earning their fifth No. 1 seed in school history. The Cavaliers advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2014 and NCAA third round in 2015. This is Virginia's fifth NCAA Tournament appearance under two-time ACC Coach of the Year Tony Bennett. The Cavaliers have compiled an all-time record of 28-20 in 20 NCAA tournaments. UVA advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 1981 and 1984.
The NCAA provides a limited number of tickets to schools participating in the NCAA tournament first and second rounds. As a result, ticket requests are limited to Virginia Athletics Foundation donors and Virginia men's basketball season ticket holders in UVA's block at Amway Center.
Ticket requests for NCAA Tournament first and second-round games will begin online at VirginiaSports.com at 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 12. Donors eligible to request tickets should use their registered online account. Tickets may also be requested by calling the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-542-8821 on Monday, March 13 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The deadline to request tickets is Monday, March 13 at 2 p.m. Requests for the limited number of lower level seats and available upper level seats will be filled according to Virginia Athletics Foundation priority points order. Account holders who receive tickets will be notified by email Monday night with information about the location and hours to pick up tickets in Orlando, Fla.
UVA students may request tickets for NCAA Tournament first and second-round games in Virginia's ticket block online at UVAShots.com. The online request period will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, March 13. Student tickets will be filled from requests based on Sabre point totals. Students awarded a ticket will be notified by email. Payment will be for one ticket for both the first and second-round games. Students will only receive a ticket to the second round if Virginia wins its game in the preceding round. If Virginia does not advance to the second round, refunds for those tickets will be issued to a student's credit card in a timely manner. Student orders will be limited to one ticket per student.
Tickets outside of Virginia's seating block at Amway Center may be available to purchase through the arena box office. Visit the Amway Center box office to review ticket availability and to purchase tickets.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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