Virginia opens NCAA play against Coastal Carolina

By AARON BEARDAP Basketball Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The celebration is over for Virginia after winning the program's first Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title in nearly four decades. Now the Cavaliers are playing with higher expectations as a Final Four favorite.

Virginia opens play Friday against 16th-seeded Coastal Carolina as the top seed in the NCAA tournament's East Region, the program's first No. 1 seed since the days of Ralph Sampson.

Sophomore guard Justin Anderson says the team won't change its approach "just because we're ranked a certain number."

The Cavaliers (28-6) won their first ACC tournament crown since winning their only other one in 1976. They're a No. 1 seed for the first time since 1983.

It's the first trip for the Big South champion Chanticleers (21-12) to the tournament since 1993 and only the third ever.

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