Stingy defense drives Cavaliers
Virginia earned the No. 1 seed in the East Region after winning the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season and tournament championships, and will face No. 16 Coastal Carolina in the first round on Friday in Raleigh, N.C.
The Cavaliers (28-6) have won 16 of their past 17 games and beat Duke 72-63 on Sunday to claim the ACC tournament title for the first time since 1976. Virginia leads the nation in scoring defense.
Coastal Carolina (21-12) earned its first trip to the tournament in 21 years by beating Winthrop 76-61 in the Big South Championship last weekend.
No. 2 seed Villanova (28-4) will open tournament play in Buffalo, N.Y., by trying to stop No. 15 Milwaukee’s surprising postseason run. Milwaukee (21-13) posted a 7-9 Horizon League record in the regular season but earned its first NCAA bid since 2007 by winning the Horizon tournament, beating Wright State 69-63 in the final.