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Live Blog: UVA faces UNC-Wilmington in NCAA Tournament

uva basketballAFP editor Chris Graham leads our live blog as #5 seed UVA faces #12 seed UNC-Wilmington in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.


Broadcast Information

  • The Virginia-UNC Wilmington game will be televised on truTV and streamed online at NCAA.com (March Madness on Demand).
  • The game will be broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network and Westwood One/NCAA Radio Network on Sirius (136) and XM (202) and Internet (962).
  • Live statistics will be located on VirginiaSports.com and Virginia Sports app.


Hoo Are These Wahoos?

  • UVA is led by senior point guard London Perrantes, who is averaging team highs in points (12.5 ppg) and assists (3.8 apg).
  • Isaiah Wilkins (7.1 ppg & 6.2 rpg) leads the team in rebounding, blocked shots (42) and steals (32).
  • Devon Hall is averaging 8.7 points and 4.3 rebounds, while Marial Shayok is averaging 8.7 points.
  • Kyle Guy is averaging 7.7 points to top all UVA rookies and Darius Thompson has added 5.9 points per game.
  • Jack Salt, Ty Jerome, Mamadi Diakite and Jarred Reuter are key role players.


Breaking down the East

UVA is the #5 seed in the East Region and will face #12 seed UNC-Wilmington in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

The Cavaliers (22-10) are one of nine ACC teams to receive bids. Syracuse (19-13) was a surprise omission, after making a Final Four run in 2016 as one of the last at-large teams in the field.

The game will be played at 12:40 p.m. Thursday in Orlando.

The winner plays the winner of #4 Florida (24-8) vs. #13 East Tennessee State (27-7) on Saturday.

Looming down the road from there for Virginia are potential Sweet 16 matchups with #1 seed Villanova (31-3), which beat the Cavs, 61-59, on Jan. 29, and #9 seed Virginia Tech (22-10), which split a home-and-home with UVA in the 2016-2017 season.

#8 seed Wisconsin (25-9) plays Virginia Tech in the first round on Thursday in Buffalo.

Duke (26-8) is the #2 seed in the East Region and could be a potential Elite Eight matchup down the road.

Virginia will make its 21st NCAA Tournament appearance and fourth straight for the first time since 1981-84.

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.

  • JB

    Let’s start out with a conspiracy theory question- does the NCAA take advantage of the magic​ they have captured with the #12 over #5’s in recent years? Does Chris Graham think that UNC-W is really a #12 seed?

    • UNC-W’s RPI is 27, so … no. Not a #12 seed! But I still like the matchup for UVA.

      • JB

        I agree with the match up favoring the Hoos, just think the NCAA goes looking for 12/5 magic.

        • I wouldn’t want to face Middle Tennessee State after what they did to Michigan State last year. And Minnesota has no one on the roster with experience in NCAA play. Reminds me of when Virginia was a 5 against a Gonzaga at 12 in 2001. The ‘Zags were coming off a Sweet 16 run the year before, and none of the UVA kids had played in a tournament.

          Wilmington played Duke really well last year – led at halftime and lost by eight. I like that Virginia has a lot of experience back. That helps, and it also helps that UVA has experience with tough first-round games. Coastal Carolina led at the half in 2014, and Belmont was tight well into the second half in 2015.

          • JB

            Notre Dame vs. Princeton is another game that looks odd as a 5-12 but Princeton looks more like a 12- just a very disciplined 12.

          • If Princeton was playing anybody other than Notre Dame, I’d be worried. Mike Brey will have his guys ready.

  • UVA 5-4 lead, 15:57 media timeout. Cavs score on first two possessions, one point on last three.

  • As advertised, UNC-W’s two buckets are at the rim.

  • UNC-W leads 15-11, 10:53/1st. UNC-W is 3-of-6 from three early.

  • Tempo: 13 possessions in 9:07. Translates to a 57 pace for 40 minutes.

  • Isaiah Wilkins is clearly under the weather on the bench. Not a good sign.

  • Without a healthy Wilkins, Virginia should be the underdog here.

  • JB

    ND 36-30 @ Half. Bonzie getting it done.

  • I mean to say, this could end up being a blowout.

    • JB

      UNC-W plays at their pace they will be a tough out for anyone.

      • JB

        Broke 100 seven times this year.

  • UNC-W 23-11 lead, 13-2 run. Ugh.

  • UVA goes five-guard out of timeout. Who sets the screens?

    • JB

      What is the correct adjustment at this point?

      • I generally like the move. But guys are out of position on both ends. Need to step up.

        • JB

          Give them credit for remaining calm while down 28-14.

          • Precisely. They’ve been in this situation before, but it’s easy to say that, and hard to play like it.

  • JB

    That would have been a Huge 3 for Cavs. Trying to build on a 4-0 run.

    • JB


      • JB


        • JB

          12-0 run after adjustment….

          • The adjustment was primarily with defense in mind, to get more speed on the court to keep up with their screen-and-roll action.

            The extra benefit is getting more offense on the floor.

  • 12-0 UVA run, trails UNC-W 28-26, timeout Seahawks. The five-guard lineup is working defensively, and then offensively.

    • JB

      The only question is about blocking out the biggs but YES it’s working.

  • JB

    Chance to take a lead !

  • JB

    16-1 Run !!!

  • JB

    Taking the lead into the break- 30/29!!!!

  • UVA closes half on 16-1 run over final 6:19, leads UNC-W 30-29 at the break.

  • JB

    Can we have a show of hands that believed the Hoos would be leading at the break when down 28-14….

    • No one is here to back me up on this, but I said out loud that I thought UVA would still win.

      • JB

        I don’t doubt that. Actually would be bummed if you didn’t.

        • JB

          Barkley had already called it ovet for UNC-W. They live and die on 12″s beating 5’s.

    • Paul Boyers

      I didn’t think the Hoos would be leading at the half but still remained hopeful they’d come back and win. That said, I will be very much on edge in this 2nd half….

      • JB

        My thought exactly.

  • UVA 12-24 FG, 3-10 3FG, 5 TOs
    UNC-W 10-28 FG, 6-12 3FG, 2 TOs
    At the rim: UVA 5-9, UNC-W 4-5

  • JB

    Princeton keeping within striking distance 47-41.

  • Tony probably goes back to Salt starting at 5 out of the half. As soon as UNC-W starts to exploit that again, and they will, he needs to go back to five-guard.

    The five-guard worked best in taking UNC-W out of its preferred offense, which is Cacok beating his defender to the rim on screen-and-rolls, or only being stopped from getting to the rim by a help defender sliding over in front of him, freeing up a three-point shooter on the wing.

    Once UVA went five-guard, that all went away.

  • JB

    The FG by the Seahawks was their first in a LONG, LONG time.

  • UNC-W leads 40-38, 15;35/2nd. Tony going five-guard. Wilkins doesn’t look available.

    • JB

      ND 52-49 with 5 to play. Wilkins looks like he is struggling to sit there.

      • He’s been sick for three weeks. Considering the level of medical treatment D-1 athletes have access to, wow, that’s a rough case of strep throat.

  • JB

    Cavs D has righted the ship- 40 All at 13:43 should have a score in the 50’s or low 60’s

  • JB

    Shocker Alert- South Dakota State with a commanding 2-0 lead on Gonzaga.

    • JB

      7 minutes in and Zags have 6 points.

  • UVA 48-45 lead, under-12 media timeout. Salt has availed himself well since coming in. Perrantes is on fire.

    • JB

      #32 is smoking HOT!

  • JB

    Irish will have to hit some FT’s now.

    • JB

      Princeton down 3 with the ball. 19 seconds

  • Shayok three on a nice assist from Hall pushes UVA lead to 57-48, 9:51 left

    • JB

      Almost a comfortable lead.

  • JB

    Princeton had a open shot for the Win after the #1 FT shooting team in the country continued to MISS from the line.

  • JB

    ND survived 60-58!

    • JB

      Gonzaga has yet to lead at 8:00 mark.

  • JB

    LP from DEEP!

  • UVA 61-53 lead, 7:43/2nd. UNC-W hanging around. Feels like Cavs are thisclose to salting it away.

    • JB

      Don’t know about you but I am ready for them to do just that.

  • JB

    Quick 7-0 for Seahawks just when we thought it was safe to open both eyes again.

  • JB

    5:32 left when London heads to bench.

    • JB

      Hope the injury is not serious. Hoos up 5.

  • UVA leads 64-59, 5:02 left. Perrantes ready to return.

  • JB

    Had that bucket the whole way!#32

  • Perrantes was incredibly patient on that drive to the hoop with the shot clock winding down.

  • JB

    93-6 under Tony when Hoos score 70.

  • JB

    Not one to question the calls but that looked like steps to me. Fortunate the shot didn’t go in..

  • JB


  • Perrantes goes left, finishes, UVA up 71-66, 1:30 left. Rare for either team to get stops of late.

  • JB

    Big Bucket!!!!!!

  • Paul Boyers

    Thank GOD UNC threw that away.

  • JB

    If we hold on we should Celebrate by getting some of those Pizza Hut sneakers!

  • Shayok comes up huge at the end of the shot clock. UVA up 75-71, with possession, 17 seconds left

  • JB

    Grest contest to open with, LP can ice it now.

  • Paul Boyers

    Should do it. Now go ETSU!

  • JB

    Down 26-11 and winning it 76-71!!!

  • Final: UVA 76, UNC-W 71. Breathing again, I am.

    • JB

      We had it the WHOLE WAY….


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