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Vols lose SEC title game, but earn third seed for NCAA Tournament

March 22 2018, 05:41 | Perry Erickson

Virginia Tech Earns At Large Bid into NCAA Tournament

U.Va., Hokies headed to NCAA men's basketball tournament

The Hokies (21-11) earned the No. 8 seed in the East Region and will play ninth-seeded Alabama at 9:20 p.m. on Thursday in Pittsburgh.

There will be a couple of major differences for the NCAA Tournament selection show.

"For us, in year three, this is where we wanted to be, back in the tournament, and hopefully have a chance to play some of our best basketball because the team that I saw play against some tough teams, our Alabama Crimson Tide team, when we were playing at a high level, we feel we can beat anybody", added Johnson.

"It's a blessing just to be in this position". I'm not. I always say when you miss-seed somebody, you're not hurting that person or his team. "Just can't wait to get on the practice court and be around my guys". It'll be the first time Tech will make back-to-back appearances in the NCAA tournament since the 1985 and '86 seasons. "There were guys on our roster that watched [the Wisconsin game from the bench] and guys on our roster that lost [that game] past year". "I'm thankful for the experience of playing in the NCAA tournament, not for me but for the lifetime memory our kids will have". This is Tennessee's 21st all-time NCAA Tournament appearance and its first since 2014, when it advanced to its seventh Sweet Sixteen. Peyton Aldridge leads a group of seven players - from 6-foot-2 to 6-foot-11 - who've made at least 39 percent of their 3-pointers this season. He had 27 points in the win over Texas A&M in the SEC Tournament, and 31 points the next day in the victory over Auburn. "Get me a ticket, get me a ticket, '" Wilson said. "Everyone's been itching to get back out there".

If the Cavaliers lock down the top-overall seed, where they play their first two rounds is ultimately up to their discretion.

Another résumé-boosting win came against North Carolina, the reigning national champion. Forwards Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield combined for 37 points and 19 rebounds in the loss at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Though the Crimson Tide entered the season ranked No. 25 in the preseason coaches poll and brought in the most talented recruiting class in school history, it struggled to earn a ticket to the Big Dance. The Tide went 19-15 this season, including two wins in the SEC Tournament that probably led to them receiving an at-large bid. He also liked the way he played inside the arc in the loss.

Arizona coach Sean Miller and UA players were not available for comment Sunday - though Miller has a media press conference scheduled for Monday - but UA players said after their 75-61 win over USC on Saturday that they hoped their roster issues may have been taken into consideration. "They responded. Every situation and experience is new to them, so you don't really know what they're going to do, and we need as many of these kinds of things as we can going into next weekend".

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