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UVa wins ACC tournament, draws No. 1 seed in NCAA Big Dance

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As the seconds ticked down on the clock at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament final on Sunday, March 16, 2014, University of Virginia men's basketball fans of all ages cheered their No. 6 Cavaliers on to a 72-63 win over the No. 7 Duke Blue Devils. The win earned UVa a No. 1 seed for the NCAA tournament, according to VirginiaSports.com.

Cheers of "Wahoowa" echoed through Greensboro Colliseum, in sports bars, on social media and in homes of fans across the country on Sunday.

Malcolm Brogdon scored 23 points for UVa. Joe Harris scored 15 points, including a 3-pointer with just under 2 minutes left in the game. Harris also earned MVP for the ACC tournament.

For Duke, Jabari Parker scored 23 points and Anthony Gill added 12 points. UVa shot 45 percent from the field and held Duke to 38 percent in UVa's first ACC tournament title since 1976.

As UVa coach Tony Bennett climbed up to the rim make the final snip on the net, Cavalier fans in Greensboro Colliseum were on their feet.

Due to the winter weather forecast, the Cavaliers hit the road after the game ended and stopped in Danville, Va. to watch the Selection Sunday show at Kickback Jack's.

The Cavaliers earned the No. 1 seed in the East Region and will play 16th-seeded Coastal Carolina in Raleigh, N.C. on Friday.

UVa’s game will tipoff 30 minutes following the first game of the evening session between No. 8 seed Memphis and No. 9 seed George Washington, which begins at 6:55 p.m.

The other three No. 1 seeds went to Arizona, who will play 16th-seeded Weber State in the West Region; Wichita State, who will play the winner of the Cal Poly/Texas Southern play-in game in the Midwest Region; and top overall seed Florida, who will play the winner of the Albany/Mt. St. Mary's play-in game in the South Region.

Many of my Facebook Wahoo friends offered virtual congratulations and words of encouragement for the Cavaliers. Here's what some friends had to say.

Sandra Weigand: One of the best basketball games I have ever watched! So proud of this entire team and coaching staff. But, hopefully they are not finished, just headed for more wins in the NCAA tournament!

Stephanie Wallace: Wahoowa! Virginia pride! Number 1 seed oh yeah! Cav nation! Showing the country that we are competitors.

Ralph Seay: The UVA fans gave this team the support they have earned. Could not be more proud of these fine young men. They left it on the court. Thirty-eight years is a long time to wait, but the reward was worth it. Don't know what the NCAA tournament holds, but it has been a heckUVA ride.

Holly Main: As a Hokie grad, I never thought I'd see the day I was so excited to see UVA win a basketball game. Having a Wahoo child has turned this Hokie into a Hoos fan like no other. That game had me on the edge of my seat and in the end I was doing a dance!

Kathy Seals, UVa class of '77: It's been a long time coming! It feels good -- really good! Go, Hoos!

Me and my siblings will be rooting for the Rock Chalk Jayhawks from the University of Kansas. The Jayhawks lost starting center Joel Embiid for the Big 12 tournament and at least part of the NCAA tournament following a late-season back injury.

You will find the complete brackets at NCAA.com. Let the March Madness begin as NCAA basketball fans everywhere await the best college basketball of the season.

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