Look out. It might be happening again.
One year after becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed, Virginia is in trouble in the 2019 NCAA tournament. The top-seeded Cavaliers trail No. 16 Gardner-Webb in the First Round on Friday, March 22. Stay here for updates as Virginia plays the Bulldogs.
Virginia vs. Gardner-Webb score: No. 1 Cavaliers on Upset Watch in the NCAA tournament
2019 NCAA tournament: Bracket
Virginia vs. Gardner-Webb: Stats
|29-3 (16-2)||Record||23-11 (10-6)|
|No. 1||Seed||No. 16|
|Leading scorer||David Efianayi
|Leading rebounder||Jose Perez
Virginia won the regular-season ACC title, going 16-2 to earn the top seed for the tournament. The Cavaliers reached the ACC semifinals, where they lost to Florida State.
As for Gardner-Webb, the Bulldogs finished 10-6 in the Big South, tying Winthrop in the standings and two games behind both Radford and Campbell.
Gardner-Webb beat the top two seeds in the Big South tournament, upsetting No. 1 Campbell 79-74 and then Radford, 76-65.
DJ Laster scored a career-high 32 points to lead the Bulldogs in the Big South title game.
Last season, the Cavaliers became the first No. 1 seed to ever lose to a No. 16 in the DI men's basketball tournament — and it wasn't close.
UMBC 74, Virginia 54
The Cavaliers were 31-2 coming into the game, swept the ACC regular season and tournament titles and were the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament.
UMBC shot 54.2 percent from the floor, including 12-for-24 on 3-pointers. Virginia made only 23 of its 56 attempts for 41.1 percent. But the Cavaliers really struggled from distance, shooting 4-for-22 on 3-pointers.