MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – No. 1 seed Virginia (33-3) meets No. 5 seed Auburn (30-9) in the NCAA Final Four on Saturday, April 6. Tipoff for the national semifinal at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., is set for 6:09 p.m. ET.
• Virginia (33-3) is making its third NCAA Final appearance (1981, 1984, 2019).
• The Cavaliers meet Auburn (30-9) for the first time in the NCAA Tournament and eighth overall.
• UVA has amassed a school-record 33 wins and has won 30 or more games for the fourth time under three-time National Coach of the Year Tony Bennett and fifth time in school history.
• Bennett and his father Dick are the second coach father-son duo to reach the Final Four, joining John Thompson and John Thompson III.
• The Virginia-Auburn contest will be televised on CBS and streamed online via NCAA March Madness Live
• The game will be broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network and Westwood One/NCAA Radio Network on Sirius (84) and XM (84).
The Head Coach
• Three-time National and four-time ACC Coach of the Year Tony Bennett has a 252-89 (.739) mark in 10 seasons at Virginia and 321-122 (.725) career mark in 13 seasons.
• Bennett became the 80th active Division I head coach to win his 300th career game against Marshall on Dec. 31, 2018.
• In 2017-18, Bennett led Virginia to its eighth ACC regular-season title, third ACC Tournament championship, school-record 31 wins, ACC-record 17 league wins and ACC-record 9-0 mark on the road.
• Bennett was named the USBWA Henry Iba National Coach of the Year for the third time to rank second all-time behind legendary John Wooden, who captured the award six times.
UVA All-Time in the NCAA Tournament
• UVA is 33-22 all-time in 23 NCAA Tournament appearances.
• The Cavaliers are making their third Final Four appearance.
• UVA is 1-2 all-time in the NCAA Final Four and seek their first national championship game appearance.
• UVA is 16-6 as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
• The Cavaliers are 4-5 vs. No. 5 seeds.
• Virginia head coach Tony Bennett is 14-8 in nine NCAA tournaments, including an 11-6 record at UVA.
• The Cavaliers have reached the NCAA Tournament a school-best six consecutive seasons.
All-Time vs. Auburn
• UVA is 3-4 all-time vs. Auburn in a series that dates back to 1920.
• The Cavaliers meet the Tigers for the first time since dropping a 68-67 decision in Auburn on Dec. 7, 2009.
• The Cavaliers are 3-1 against Auburn on neutral courts, including an 89-87 win in Richmond, Va., on Dec. 3, 2004.
• The teams are meeting for the first time in the NCAA Tournament.
• Head coach Tony Bennett is 0-1 all-time vs. Auburn.
Last Time vs. the Tigers
• DeWayne Reed led five players in double figures with 18 points as Auburn edged Virginia 68-67 on Dec. 7, 2009.
• Sylven Landesberg led the Cavaliers with 20 points and Sammy Zeglinski added 18 points and Jeff Jones chipped in 16 points.
• The Tigers shot 47.2 percent and made 10 3-pointers in the win.
• Auburn outrebounded the Cavaliers 35-31.
All-Time vs. the SEC
• Virginia meets its first SEC opponent since posting a 69-52 win over South Carolina earlier this season on Dec. 19.
• The Cavaliers meet their first SEC opponent in the NCAA Tournament since losing to No. 4 seed Florida in the second round in 2017.
• The Cavaliers are 62-62 all-time vs. current SEC opponents (26-24 vs. South Carolina, 8-5 vs. Tennessee, 4-1 vs. Missouri, 4-3 vs. Arkansas, 3-0 vs. LSU, 3-4 vs. Alabama, 3-4 vs. Auburn, 3-4 vs. Georgia, 3-6 vs. Kentucky, 2-5 vs. Vanderbilt, 1-2 vs. Florida, 1-1 vs. Mississippi, 1-2 vs. Mississippi State and 0-1 vs. Texas A&M).
• UVA is 4-4 all-time against current SEC opponents in the NCAA Tournament (2-1 vs. Tennessee, 1-0 vs. LSU, 1-1 vs. Arkansas and 0-2 vs. Florida).
• Virginia and Auburn share four common opponents from the 2018-19 season – Duke, Dayton, NC State, South Carolina
• UVA posted a 4-2 mark against the common opponents, defeating Dayton (66-59), South Carolina (69-52), North Carolina (69-61), NC State (66-65) and NC State (76-56) and two losses to Duke (72-70) and Duke (81-71).
• Auburn was 2-3 with wins against Dayton (82-72) and North Carolina (97-80), and losses to Duke (78-72), NC State (78-71) and South Carolina (80-77).
UVA in the National Statistical Rankings
• As of April 1, UVA ranked first nationally in scoring defense (55.4 ppg), turnovers per game (9.0) and winning percentage (91.7%), third in scoring margin (15.9), fourth in 3-point field goal percentage defense (28.7%), fifth in field goal percentage defense (38.4%) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.59), sixth in personal fouls per game (14.3) and seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (39.4%).
Last Time Out
• Kyle Guy scored 25 points and Ty Jerome added 24 as No. 1 seed Virginia topped No. 3 seed Purdue 80-75 in overtime on March 30.
• Mamadi Diakite’s jump shot at the end of regulation sent the game to overtime as UVA overcame Carsen Edwards’ game-high 42 points.
• Kihei Clark delivered the game-tying assist to Diakite in regulation and the Cavaliers outscored the Boilermakers 10-5 in the extra session.
• Guy added 10 rebounds for his first career double-double and Diakite chipped in 14 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots.
• Edwards drilled 10 of 19 3-point attempts in his 42-point outburst.
• UVA went 17 of 20 from the charity stripe and outrebounded Purdue 39-31.
• The Cavaliers committed just five turnovers in the game.
On the Horizon
• The winner of the Virginia-Auburn will meet Michigan State or Texas Tech in the NCAA championship game on Monday, April 8. Tipoff is set for 9 p.m. ET on CBS.