Game Notes: #2 seed UVA vs. #7 Michigan State in NCAA Tournament East Regional
- Virginia seeks its second consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 appearance and ninth in school history.
- UVa is one win shy of breaking the school record for most victories in a season (30 in 1981-82, 2013-14, 2014-15).
- The Cavaliers rank No. 1 nationally in scoring defense at 51.2 ppg.
- The Virginia-Michigan State game will be televised on CBS 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 and XM.
- Live statistics will be located on VirginiaSports.com and Virginia Sports app.
The Head Coaches
- Virginia: Tony Bennett (Green Bay, 1992), 136-63 in six seasons at UVa and 205-96 in nine seasons overall.
- Michigan State: Tom Izzo (Northern Michigan, 1977), 492-198 in 20 seasons at Michigan State.
Virginia All-Time in the NCAA Tournament
- Virginia is 25-18 all-time in 19 NCAA Tournament appearances.
- UVa reached the NCAA Final Four in 1981 and 1984.
- UVa is making back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time since 1994-95.
- UVa made its reached eighth NCAA Regional semifinal appearance last season and lost 61-59 to Michigan State.
All-Time vs. Michigan State
- Virginia is 0-4 against Michigan State in the all-time series that dates back to 1946-47.
- UVa and MSU are meeting for the second consecutive year in the NCAA Tournament.
- The Spartans defeated the Cavaliers 61-59 in the 2014 NCAA Sweet 16 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
- MSU beat UVa 82-75 during the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in 2004.
- MSU beat UVa 63-38 on Feb. 11, 1947 and 62-43 on Feb. 19, 1949.
Last Time vs. Michigan State
- Branden Dawson had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lift No. 4 seed Michigan State to a 61-59 win over No. 1 seed Virginia in the NCAA Sweet 16 on March 28, 2014 at Madison Square Garden.
- Joe Harris and Malcolm Brogdon both scored 17 points for Virginia, but the duo shot a combined 10 of 28 as the Cavaliers were 20 of 57 overall (35.1 percent).
- Adreian Payne added 16 points for Michigan State, and his 3-pointer with 1:29 left gave the Spartans the lead for good at 54-51.
- Virginia (30-7) trailed 51-44 with just over 4 minutes left but scored seven straight points to tie the game.
- The Cavaliers outrebounded Michigan State 35-32.
On The Horizon
- The winner of the Virginia-Michigan State game advances to the East Region semifinals against No. 3 seed Oklahoma or No. 11 seed Dayton on Friday, March 27 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.