ROANOKE, Va. – Sunday’s NCAA Selection Show yielded rich results for 5 schools across the Commonwealth.
Defending National Champion Virginia was tabbed as a No. 4 seed in the West Region. It was welcomed news for the Cavaliers program that had its ACC Tournament run cut short due to a positive COVID. Their opponent will be the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Champion, No. 13 Ohio. The two will faceoff on Saturday, which is favorable for Virginia, which needs 7 consecutive days of negative tests like all other teams, in order to compete.
Head coach Tony Bennett said Sunday night that the “majority” of the team is still in quarantine due to contact tracing and that much of the preparation for the tournament will be done via Zoom.
“It’s certainly a unique way to prepare for the NCAA Tournament,” Bennett said.
“But, I’m thankful that the NCAA gave our young men the chance because they earned their way into it, the chance to get into this tournament, considering our circumstances. Again, we did follow and have met all the things and I think some other teams are in this boat.”
This will mark just the fourth ever matchup between the Cavaliers and Bobcats, with Ohio leading the overall record at 2-1. For the Bobcats, it’s their 14th appearance in the Big Dance and first since 2012. They are led by Former Bobcats player, Jeff Boals, who’s in his second season leading the program.
In just his second year in Blacksburg, ACC Coach of the Year Mike Young, has guided the Hokies to their 12th NCAA Tournament appearance, fourth consecutive. Virginia Tech earned the 10 seed in the South Region and will tip-off with No. 7 Florida on Friday.
“To me, it’s never been about the reaction to the seed, but rather enjoying the reaction of our kids when they see Virginia Tech pop up on the screen,” Tech coach Mike Young said.