No. 2 Seed Virginia Opens NCAA Tournament Against No. 15 Seed Belmont
|No. 15 Seed Belmont vs. No. 2 Seed Virginia|
|Date & Time||Friday, March 20, 2015 | 3:10 p.m.|
|Locations||Time Warner Cable Arena| Charlotte, N.C.|
|Coverage||truTV |NCAA.com|NCAA Tournament Central|
|Additional Information||Twitter| Facebook| Instagram| Game Notes|
March 19, 2015
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – No. 2 seed Virginia (29-3) plays No. 15 seed Belmont (22-10) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday (March 20). Tipoff at Time Warner Cable Arena is approximately 3:10 p.m.
Â• UVa earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, while Belmont earned the Ohio Valley Conference’s automatic bid.
Â• The ACC regular-season champion Cavaliers are making their 19th NCAA Tournament appearance.
Â• The Cavaliers rank No. 1 nationally in scoring defense at 50.8 ppg, which is the third lowest average in the shot clock era (since 1986).
Â• Belmont guard Taylor Barnette played for Virginia during the 2012-13 season and averaged 2.6 points in 26 games. Barnette’s sister, Sarah Beth, is a senior on the Virginia women’s basketball team.
Â• The Virginia-Belmont game will be televised on truTV and streamed online at NCAA.com (March Madness on Demand).
Â• The game will be broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network and Westwood One/NCAA Radio Network on Sirius and XM.
Â• Live statistics will be located on VirginiaSports.com and Virginia Sports app.
The Head Coaches
Virginia: Tony Bennett (Green Bay, 1992), 135-63 in six seasons at UVa and 204-96 in nine seasons overall.
Belmont: Rick Byrd (Tennessee, 1976), 619-311 in 29 seasons at Belmont and 711-366 in 34 seasons overall.
UVa Ranked No. 6 in Latest National Polls
Â• UVa is ranked No. 6 in the latest AP and USA Today coaches’ polls.
Â• UVa’s No. 6 ranking is its lowest since a No. 6 ranking on Dec. 15, 2014.
Â• The Cavaliers have been ranked in the top 10 for the first 20 weeks of the season for the first time since 1982-83.
Â• The Cavaliers achieved a No. 2 ranking this season for the first time since March 8, 1983.
Â• UVa is one of three teams (Duke and Arizona) that have been ranked in the top 10 for 22 straight weeks dating back to last season.
Virginia All-Time in the NCAA Tournament
Â• Virginia is 24-18 all-time in 18 NCAA Tournament appearances.
Â• UVa reached the NCAA Final Four in 1981 and 1984.
Â• UVa is making back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time since 1994-95.
Â• The Cavaliers reached their eighth NCAA Regional semifinal appearance last season and lost 61-59 to Michigan State.
All-Time vs. Belmont
Â• Virginia and Belmont are meeting for the first time in the NCAA Tournament and second time overall.
Â• Virginia is 1-0 all-time vs. Belmont in a series that dates back to the 1999-2000 season.
Â• UVa and Belmont have met one previous time, a 94-74 Cavalier victory at University Hall in Charlottesville on Dec. 28, 1999.
Last Time vs. Belmont
Â• Chris Williams led four Cavaliers in double figures with 20 points as Virginia posted the 94-74 win over the Bruins during the 1999-2000 season.
Â• Virginia shot 54.1 percent from the floor and made 11 3-pointers.
Â• B.J. Proffitt led the Bruins with 17 points.
On The Horizon
Â• The winner of the Virginia-Belmont contest will play Michigan State or Georgia in the NCAA third round on Sunday, March 22. Â• UVa is 0-4 all-time vs. Michigan State and 3-4 vs. Georgia.
Â• The Cavaliers lost to the Spartans 61-59 during the 2014 NCAA East Regional semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York.