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No. 1 Virginia Has Gotten Off To A Disastrous Start Today

A closeup of Virgina head coach Tony Bennett

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - FEBRUARY 21: Head coach Tony Bennett of the Virginia Cavaliers watches a play in the second half during a game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at John Paul Jones Arena on February 21, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Virginia defeated Georgia Tech 65-54. (Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images)

It's happening again. Well, maybe it is.

Virginia, the No. 1 seed in the South Region, is taking on No. 16 seed Gardner-Webb in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament.

Tony Bennett's team, of course, is coming off a 2018 NCAA Tournament in which the Cavaliers became the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed, falling to UMBC.

"There's no chance it happens again" everyone said coming into this year's tournament.


Virginia is currently trailing Gardner-Webb, 17-10, at the under-12 timeout. Bennett's team had a stretch in which it turned the ball over five straight possessions.

There's already a bit of a panic throughout the college basketball world, too.

"Understandable that Virginia would come out tight, but my word, Cavaliers, just no," Dana O'Neil tweeted.

"Has same No. 1 seed ever lost to No. 16 seed in consecutive NCAA Tournaments? Asking for a friend," Brett McMurphy added.

"The longer Gardner-Webb leads, the more the weight of this moment has to take a toll on Virginia. They have to be having flashbacks. It's human nature," Jeff Eisenberg tweeted.

Virginia and Gardner-Webb are playing on truTV.

You're probably going to want to tune into that one.