Virginia No. 1 seed in NCAA Midwest without conference title


By The Associated Press



Virginia coach Tony Bennett welcomes guard Malcolm Brogdon (15) and forward Isaiah Wilkins (21) back to the bench during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference men's tournament in Washington on Thursday, March 10, 2016. Virginia defeated Georgia Tech 72-52. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)


Virginia is a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament even without a conference title this season.

The Cavaliers (26-7) are the top team in the Midwest Region, and will play Mid-Eastern Conference champion Hampton (21-10) in their tournament opener Thursday in Raleigh, North Carolina.

After finishing the ACC regular season a game behind North Carolina, the Cavaliers advanced to the tournament championship game and lost to the Tar Heels 61-57 on Saturday.

Michigan State (29-5), which won the Big Ten tournament championship earlier Sunday, is the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region.

While an ACC runner-up, Virginia had some impressive non-conference wins. There was a three-game stretch in December when the Cavaliers beat No. 9 West Virginia, No. 3 Villanova and No. 24 California.

Virginia coach Tony Bennett welcomes guard Malcolm Brogdon (15) and forward Isaiah Wilkins (21) back to the bench during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s tournament in Washington on Thursday, March 10, 2016. Virginia defeated Georgia Tech 72-52. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_109198901-e850bf31c5014d6f9a12bce936e5c106.jpgVirginia coach Tony Bennett welcomes guard Malcolm Brogdon (15) and forward Isaiah Wilkins (21) back to the bench during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s tournament in Washington on Thursday, March 10, 2016. Virginia defeated Georgia Tech 72-52. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

By The Associated Press

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