CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- The Virginia Cavaliers were on the wrong side of history in last year's NCAA Tournament, becoming the first one-seed to be defeated by a 16-seed in tournament history.
Now, the Hoos will look to channel that defeat into motivation to conquer the beast of a tournament.
Virginia will kick off tournament play versus Gardner-Webb on Friday.
Virginia took a loss in the ACC Tournament to Florida State, but their resumé remains one of the strongest in the country, helping them to acquire the coveted one-seed. The Cavaliers come in at 29-3, with two losses to Duke. Had they won one of those games, they may be cruising to a second-straight #1 overall seed bid.
According to USA Today, Virginia's got the best NET score, a top-25 strength of schedule and 12 Quadrant 1 (top-30 home, top-30 neutral, top-75 away) wins. Plus, its three losses (the other one vs. Florida State in the ACC tourney semifinal) were all to Quad 1 opponents.