Virginia Meets Albany in 1st Round of NCAAs

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Virginia enters the 2007 NCAA Tournament as the No. 4 seed in the South Region. The Cavaliers enter the NCAA Tournament with a 20-10 overall record. UVa tied for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference during the regular season with an 11-5 mark. Virginia was seeded second in the ACC Tournament and fell to 10th-seeded NC State 79-71(Mar. 9) in the quarterfinals at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. UAlbany is the No. 13 seed in the South Region and enters the NCAA Tournament with a 23-9 record. The Great Danes were second in the America East regular season standings (13-3) and upset top-seeded Vermont 60-59 (Mar. 10) in the championship game of the America East Tournament in Burlington, Vt., to earn the conference?s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. UAlbany has won its last five games and 13 of the last 15.

All NCAA Championship games will be televised by CBS Sports. In Columbus, Tim Brando will handle the play-by-play and Mike Gminski will serve as the analyst. CSTV will broadcast the UVa-Albany game to a national cable television audience as part of its coverage of the NCAA Tournament.

The Gray Television operated stations in Charlottesville will air a 30-minute long NCAA preview special called "The Road to Atlanta: Cavaliers Quest. Airtimes for The Road to Atlanta: "Cavaliers Quest" are:
Wednesday, March 14th - 7:30PM WCAV CBS19
Wednesday, March 14th - 10:30PM WAHU FOX27
Thursday, March 15th - 12:00PM WVAW ABC16

The program will feature exclusive interviews with UVa head coach Dave Leitao and players. Also included is a one-on-on interview with Director of Athletics Craig Littlepage, as he breaks down why and how teams are selected by the NCAA Selection Committee.

The show is hosted by Marc Davis and J.W. Stehle. The Gray owned television affiliates of CBS19, ABC16, and WAHU FOX27 are the Official Flagship Stations of University of Virginia Athletics.

All UVa games are heard on the Virginia Sports Network originating at the Charlottesville Radio Group and WINA-AM/WWWV-FM in Charlottesville. Mac McDonald calls the play-by-play. Jim Hobgood provides the analysis. The pregame show will air starting at 11:30 a.m. for Friday's game.

The NCAA Tournament matchup between Virginia and UAlbany marks the first time the two schools have met in men's basketball. UVa and UAlbany have met three times in other sports with the Cavaliers winning in men's lacrosse (2005) and women's basketball (2004). The Great Danes won in volleyball (2005).

Virginia returns to the NCAA Tournament after missing the tournament in each of the last five seasons. The Cavaliers are making their 16th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Virginia lost to Gonzaga 86-85 in the South Region first round in Memphis, Tenn., in 2001 in its most recent appearance in the NCAA Tournament. UVa's last NCAA Tournament victory was a 67-58 upset of top-seeded Kansas in the Midwest Region semifinals in 1995. The Cavaliers have reached the Final Four twice -- 1981 and 1984. Virginia has also won the NIT two times -- 1980 and 1992. Second-year head coach Dave Leitao is making his first appearance in the NCAA Tournament as the Cavaliers' mentor. This is the second Leitao-coached team to earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Leitao led DePaul to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2004. The Blue Demons defeated Dayton 76-69 in double overtime and then lost to then No. 7 Connecticut 72-55 in the second round. Virginia is 21-15 (.583) in its 15 previous NCAA Tournament appearances.

This is Virginia's fifth appearance in what is now called the South Region of the NCAA Tournament. UVa was also in the South Region in its previous NCAA appearance in 2001. The South Region was formerly known as the Mideast Region through the 1984 NCAA Tournament, and the Southeast Region from 1985 through 1997. It has been called the South Region since 1998. The Cavaliers are 5-4 in NCAA Tournament games played in the South Region. Virginia is 2-1 in first round games in the South Region and 2-1 in second round games. The Cavaliers are 1-1 in third round (Sweet 16) contests and 0-1 in fourth round games (Elite Eight). UVa played in the South Region in 1982, 1989, 1990 and 2001. The Cavaliers went 1-1 in the South in 1982 and 3-1 in 1989. In 1990, UVa was 1-1 in South Region games and 0-1 in 2001. The Cavaliers have also appeared in the West (1983, 1987, 1991, 1994 and 1997) and East (1976, 1981, 1984, 1986 and 1993) Regions five times, the most of any region for Virginia. UVa has appeared in the Midwest Region once (1995).

The Cavaliers have been placed in Columbus with three other schools in the South Region - UAlbany, Tennessee and Long Beach State. The four other schools in Columbus - Holy Cross, Illinois, Southern Illinois, and Virginia Tech - are seeded in the West Region. Should Virginia defeat UAlbany, the Cavaliers would face the winner of the Long Beach State/Tennessee game on Sunday (March 18) in Columbus. Virginia is 7-3 all-time against Tennessee and the Cavaliers have never played Long Beach State. Interestingly, the last time UVa faced the Volunteers was during the 2001 season which was also the last time Virginia played in the NCAA Tournament. The Cavaliers defeated then No. 4 Tennessee 107-89 (Dec. 19) at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. Looking down the road at potential opponents in the South Region, UVa is 3-1vs. BYU, 1-0 vs. Xavier and 1-3 vs. Ohio State. The Cavaliers have never played Central Connecticut State.

The Cavaliers are 6-0 all-time against the nine current members of the America East (and 3-0 vs. teams that were America East members at the time of the game). UVa is 3-0 vs. UMBC, 2-0 vs. Hartford and 1-0 vs. New Hampshire. The Cavaliers are meeting UAlbany for the first time and have never played Binghamton, Boston University, Maine, Stony Brook or Vermont. UVa was 2-0 vs. America East teams in the 2005-06 season. The Cavaliers defeated UMBC 77-66 (Dec. 28) at the Seigel Center in Richmond and Hartford71-62 (Dec. 31) at University Hall.

Virginia and UAlbany have just one common opponent this season as both teams played Utah. Virginia lost to the Utes 94-70 on Dec. 20 in the San Juan Shootout in Puerto Rico, while the Great Danes defeated Utah 59-58 on Dec. 28 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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