1 overall seed in the tournament and will headline the South Region.
In nine seasons at the helm, head coach Tony Bennett has taken UVA to the Elite Eight, but now he will try to lead the program to its first Final Four since 1984, and third overall.
The pressure will be higher than ever for the Cavaliers (31-2) to do it now.
The #1 Virginia men's basketball team will be aiming for its third-ever ACC Tournament Championship, when the Cavaliers face #12 North Carolina in the finals on Saturday in Brooklyn, NY. "But you know, that's definitely in the back of our minds. Just doing so well", said Kayla Markley.
"I haven't watched them at all", Johnson confessed.
If Virginia can make it through the bracket to reach San Antonio, that would add to what has already been a milestone-filled season. They rounded out the regular season 10-8 in SEC standings. The offensive duo of Maye and Berry is among the strongest inside-outside pairs in the country and is certainly able to carry North Carolina deep into the NCAA tournament, but if the Tar Heels go cold from the perimeter, they could also lose to anybody. St. Mary's was left out despite going 28-5 and beating Gonzaga because, Rasmussen said, it did not have enough quality wins, even as he acknowledged that it is structurally hard for teams outside basketball's six power conferences to schedule top nonleague competition.
The Tigers are seeded No. 4 in the Midwest Region and will face No. 13 Charleston in the opening round.
The Musketeers (28-5) are No. 1 in the West Region and will face the First Four victor between North Carolina Central and Texas Southern on Thursday in Nashville.
CofC dominated the Colonial Athletic Association, start to finish. And on the court, Arizona went from No. 2 in the AP Top 25 to unranked in November after an ugly 0-3 showing in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas. The last time Virginia won the ACC Tournament was in 2014, when the Cavaliers defeated Duke to claim the tournament title along with their regular season title.
Coach John Calipari's latest crop of Kentucky freshmen just needed a little longer to figure things out.
The Tide enters the tournament with a 19-15 record.
Kyle Guy scored 15 points and No. 1 Virginia advanced to the ACC championship with a 64-58 victory over No. 19 Clemson on Friday night.
Friday's matchup between No. 8 seed Creighton (21-11) and No. 9 seed Kansas State (22-11) in Charlotte will offer a reunion for Bluejays senior Marcus Foster with his former school.
On the season, North Carolina basketball averages 82.8 points, 42.7 rebounds and 18.1 assists per game.