No. 1 seed Virginia faces No. 16 Hampton in NCAA First Round

virginiaNo. 1 seed Virginia will make its 20th NCAA Tournament appearance. It was announced Sunday (March 13) that Virginia (26-7) is the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region. The Cavaliers will face No. 16 seed Hampton (21-10) in an NCAA Tournament first-round game played in Raleigh, N.C., at PNC Arena on Thursday, March 17. Tipoff time and the television information will be announced Monday (March 14).

The winner of the Virginia-Hampton game will meet No. 8 seed Texas Tech (19-12) or No. 9 seed Butler (21-10) in the second round on Saturday, March 19.

The other pod of teams competing in Raleigh includes teams from the East Region. Those games are No. 1 seed North Carolina vs. No. 16 seed Florida Gulf Coast or Fairleigh Dickinson and No. 8 seed USC vs. No. 9 seed Providence.

Virginia is making its third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance for the first time since 1993-95. The Cavaliers earned their second No. 1 seed in the last three seasons and fifth in school history. The Cavaliers advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2014 and NCAA third round in 2015.

This is Virginia’s fourth NCAA Tournament appearance under two-time ACC Coach of the Year Tony Bennett. The Cavaliers have compiled an all-time record of 25-19 in 19 NCAA tournaments. UVA advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 1981 and 1984.

 

Ticket Information

The NCAA provides a limited number of tickets to schools participating in the NCAA Tournament first and second rounds. Ticket demand is expected to be extremely high for the games played in Raleigh. As a result, ticket requests are limited to upper-level seats and requests will only be open to Virginia Athletics Foundation donors and Virginia men’s basketball season ticket holders in UVA’s block.

Ticket requests for NCAA Tournament first and second-round games will begin online at VirginiaSports.com at 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 13. 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 14 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The deadline to request tickets is Monday, March 14 at 2 p.m. Requests 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 Raleigh.

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 14. 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 PNC Arena may be available to purchase through the arena box office.  Visit www.eventticketscenter.com/ResultsTicket.aspx?evtid=2547807&event=NCAA+Men’s+Basketball+Tournament%3a+Rounds+1+%26+2+-+All+Sessions to review ticket availability and to purchase tickets.


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