March Madness Odds: Betting Preview For 2018 NCAA Tournament

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Bennett said Hunter had X-rays immediately after the injury, but those were negative. The team left around lunchtime on Wednesday for Charlotte, where the No. 1 overall seed Wahoos will play UMBC in Friday's first round of the NCAA Tournament at approximately 9:20 p.m.

Hunter, a 6-foot-7, 222-pound redshirt freshman, averaged 9.2 points and 3.5 rebounds off the bench for U.Va. this season, playing 19.9 minutes.

Teammates said both Hall and sophomore guard Ty Jerome could be used in the high post against a zone. When those guys went cold, their teams couldn't recover on the offensive end.

The American East Conference champs will rely heavily on their star Jarius Lyles, who sunk a 3-pointer with less than a second remaining to upset Vermont.

Virginia basketball guard Kyle Guy, second from left, reacts after being named the most outstanding player of the NCAA Atlantic Coast Conference men's college basketball tournament Saturday, March 10, 2018, in NY.

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"If we can do that, it kind of opens things up more for the guards and takes a little bit off them", Wilkins explained. Second-year Lisa Jablonowski started the final nine games of last season and has appeared in 31 this winter.

While the Wildcats and Musketeers await the results of First Four matchups in Dayton, Ohio to determine their Round-of-64 opponents, the Jayhawks prepare to battle No. 16 Pennsylvania as 14-point favorites Thursday afternoon.

"Depending on the games, we challenge our guys to be factors". Head coach Tony Bennett's team began the season unranked and did not make an appearance in the AP poll until the last week of November. The Cavaliers move too slowly to build up huge leads even when they dominate play, and a few fluky shots can bring teams back.

"You pick up little things from every single person", he said.

Virginia's style of play receives the majority of headlines - the Cavaliers are essentially a slow-down team, committed to the idea that they cannot only find a high-percentage shot before the shot clock runs out, but prevent less-disciplined teams from doing so.

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