No. 1 Virginia (31-2) will face off against No. 16 UMBC (24-10) in the South Region of the 2018 NCAA Tournament in Charlotte on Friday, March 16.
Virginia won the ACC Tournament after knocking off No. 12 North Carolina in the championship game. UMBC took home the America East Conference title after upsetting No. 1 seed Vermont in the final.
Find game time, information and a preview below:
Virginia-UMBC game time, details
Time: 9:20 p.m. ET
Date: Friday, March 16, 2018
Location: Spectrum Center in Charlotte
Which TV channel is Virginia-UMBC on?
Virginia-UMBC will air live on TNT.
- AT&T U-verse: Channel 1108 (HD)
- DirecTV: Channel 245-1 (HD)
- Dish Network: Channel 9420 (HD)
- Cablevision: Channel 37
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Virginia-UMBC basketball preview, keys to the game
Sophomore guard Kyle Guy, who made his triumphant return to the court after suffering a knee injury in the regular-season finale against Notre Dame, had three stellar ACC Tournament outings and will look to continue his hot streak into the NCAA Tournament.
Guy leads Virginia with 14.1 points per game on 40 percent shooting from the field and from 3-point range.
Senior guard Devon Hall (12.0 ppg and 4.3 rebounds per game) and sophomore guard Ty Jerome (10.5 ppg) round out the Cavaliers top scoring options. Freshman guard De’Andre Hunter (9.2 ppg) has been ruled out for the tournament with a broken left wrist.
Senior forward Isaiah Wilkins is expected to use his 6-foot-7, 227-pound frame to play big inside after averaging 5.9 points and 6.3 rebounds over 27 minutes a night.
Virginia comes into the tournament a heavy favorite, topping some analysts Final Four brackets as possible National Champions. The Cavaliers’ only two losses came on February 10 against Virginia Tech (61-60 in overtime) and all the way back on December 5 at No. 18 West Virginia (68-61).
Virginia had statement wins over No. 12 North Carolina, No. 18 Clemson, No. 4 Duke and three consecutive wins in the ACC Tournament to win the conference crown.
This is Virginia’s fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, never advancing past the regional final (three appearances). The Cavaliers are 29-21 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, per Sports Reference.
If UMBC is going to upset Virginia, senior guard Jairus Lyles is going to need to have a big game.
The 6-foot-2 Lyles is averaging 20.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.1 steals per game.
Behind Lyles are senior guard K.J. Maura (11.4 ppg), junior forward Joe Sherburne (10.9 ppg) and sophomore forward Arkel Lamar (10.5 ppg and 5.8 rpg).
UMBC’s lone game against a ranked opponent was at No. 3 Arizona on November 12, a 103-78 loss.
The Retrievers finished the season on a five-game winning streak and look to keep that momentum against top-ranked Virginia.
Since its program’s inception in 1986-87, this is just UMBC’s second appearance in the tournament. The Retrievers only other appearance came in 2007-08, which resulted in a first-round exit.
ESPN’s matchup predictor gives Virginia a whopping 98.5 percent chance of moving on from upset-minded UMBC.
The winner of Virginia-UMBC will take on the winner of No. 8 Creighton’s matchup with No. 9 Kansas State.
According to the ACC’s official website, the conference is the winningest in NCAA Tournament history, with a 66 percent winning percentage. It is the only conference not to have a losing record in NCAA Tournament play since 1987. Two teams from the conference have won a national title in the last three seasons (Duke in 2015 and North Carolina in 2017).