A number of college basketball teams from the Commonwealth heard their names called on Selection Sunday.
The University of Virginia, which won a share of the ACC regular season championship, was named a number one seed, along with North Carolina, Gonzaga, and Duke. The Blue Devils are the tournament’s top overall seed.
The Cavaliers (29-3, 16-2 in the ACC) earned their fourth number one seed in the last six years. The team’s sixth straigth trip to the Big Dance is also a program record. They’ll play Gardner-Webb out of the Big South Conference, Friday at 3:10 pm.
Virginia Tech was given an eight seed, and will take on the University of Central Florida out of the American Conference. The Hokies (24-8, 12-6 in ACC) will tip off their game on Friday night at 9:57.
VCU is back in the Big Dance under second-year coach Mike Rhoades. The Rams (25-7, 16-2 in Atlantic 10) won the regular season title, but lost in the quarterfinal round of the A-10 Tournament to Rhode Island. Star guard Marcus Evans from Chesapeake is expected to be back on the floor, even after taking a nasty spill in that quarterfinal game.
The Rams and Knight will tip off at 9:40 on Friday night.
Liberty, who beat Lipscomb for the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament title, is a 12-seed and will face five seed Mississippi State in the East Region. That game will begin 7:27 on Friday night.