Wahoos earn No. 1 seed in NCAA's South Region

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- For the fourth time in the last six years, the Virginia men's basketball team is a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

UVA was named the top seed in the South Region when the bracket was released Sunday night. The Wahoos will face No. 16 seed Gardner-Webb on Friday in Columbia, SC, in the opening round of the tournament. The winner will advance to face either No. 9 seed Oklahoma or No. 8 seed Ole Miss in Sunday's second round.

This is now a school-record six straight NCAA Tournament appearances for UVA, and 23rd all-time appearance for the program. Virginia is a No. 1 seed for the seventh time in program history. As the No. 1 overall seed in last year's tournament, the Cavaliers made NCAA history by losing to No. 16 seed UMBC in the opening round.

The Wahoos enter this year's NCAA Tournament at 29-3 on the season, following Friday night's loss to Florida State in the ACC semifinals. UVA and North Carolina shared the ACC regular season title after both teams went 16-2 in conference play.

Friday's game will be the first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance for the Gardner-Webb men's basketball program. The Runnin' Bulldogs (23-11) clinched an automatic spot in the bracket by beating Radford for the Big South title last Sunday.

UVA is one of seven ACC teams to make the NCAA field of 68, including three of the four No. 1 seeds in the bracket. Duke is the No. 1 overall seed in the field and the top team in the East Region, while UNC is the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region. Gonzaga, atop the West Region, is the fourth No. 1 seed in the tournament.

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