2019 SeasonAll times ET

2019 Schedule
30-3, 1st in ACC
Bennett: 'We were a little uncharacteristic' (1:47)
Hunter: Gardner-Webb 'had us a little shook' in first half (1:25)
How did Virginia adjust in the second half? (1:15)

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

GW turnovers in the first half: 4‬ ‪GW turnovers through 10 min in second half: 8‬ ‪UVA offensive boards in first half: 3‬ ‪UVA offensive boards through 10 min second half: 7

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

How do you shut down an upset bid? Virginia is on a 22-5 run to open the second half, while Gardner Webb has 8 turnovers through 8 minutes after just 4 in the first half. Hoos seem to have pried a 10,000-pound gorilla off their backs at halftime.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

No. 1 Virginia seems to have found an answer against No. 16 Gardner-Webb: attack the paint. The length of Diakite and Hunter are too much for the undersized underdogs.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Heading into the half, No. 1 Virginia trails No. 16 Gardner-Webb, 36-30. But it could have been worse for the program that lost in historic fashion to UMBC a year ago. If the lackluster defense and turnovers had continued for Virginia, the Gardner-Webb lead would be much more.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

It feels as if No. 1 Virginia is starting to gain some composure after a rocky start against No. 16 Gardner-Webb, playing better defense and taking care of the ball better on offense. The Cavaliers still trail, 30-23, with less than 4 minutes remaining in the half, but at least there's some optimism for Tony Bennett and his coaching staff to cling to.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

No. 1 Virginia has no one to blame for its rough start against No. 16 Gardner-Webb, with six turnovers in the first nine minutes of play. The Cavaliers, which became the first one-seed to lose to a 16-seed a year ago, trail 17-10.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

It's early, but No. 1 Virginia trails No. 16 Gardner-Webb 6-4 heading into the first stoppage of the game. Virginia wants to put last year's loss to UMBC -- the first ever one-seed to lose in the first round -- behind them, but three early turnovers aren't helping their cause.

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
3dAlex Scarborough

UVA using last year's tourney loss as motivation

The Virginia Cavaliers have used last year's historic first-round loss in the NCAA tournament as motivation this season, as they once again open this tournament as a top seed.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Back at the NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed, Virginia isn't afraid to talk about last year's historic loss to UMBC. In fact, Kyle Guy said, "We've become closer as a team. ... It's a chip on our shoulder, but it doesn't define us." Ty Jerome added that they have to use it the right way. "You have to be careful playing with anger," he said.

The best value and longshot play in the South Region (1:16)
Virginia ready for Final Four breakthrough (0:38)
Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
6d

Duke back on top; ACC is 1-2-3 in final Top 25

Duke is back on top, followed by Virginia and North Carolina, to give the Atlantic Coast Conference a 1-2-3 showing in the final AP Top 25 poll this season.

6d

Why you should care about March Madness

ESPN's Jeff Borzello, comedian Scott Kerman and Mike Miller from the Double Clutch podcast get you and hosts Jamie Laing and Rachel Stringer in the know about March Madness.

Paul Sabin ESPN Analytics 

Who's going to cut down the nets on April 8th? Virginia 32% Gonzaga 23% Duke 15% Full round-by-round projections at espn.com/bpi

Team Stats

Points Per Game71.8
Rebounds Per Game34.6
Assists Per Game14.4
Points Allowed55.11st

Tournament History

Final Fours2
Tournament Record29-21
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances21