NCAA Tournament 2014: Can Virginia Cavaliers Earn a No. 1 Seed?

By Trevor Lowry
Virginia Cavaliers NCAA tournament
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The Virginia Cavaliers may have started off the season a little shaky, but they have put together quite the resume and should earn a pretty solid seed in the 2014 NCAA tournament. However, can Virginia earn a No. 1 seed?

Well, I wrote the Cavaliers off in this article saying that they did not deserve a No. 1 seed, but I guess they could still earn a top seed.

Virginia is 23-5 overall and has an ACC record of 14-1. That ACC record is good enough for first place in the conference standings. Its biggest wins have come against SMU, North Carolina and Pittsburgh. Those are three pretty good wins and I will just leave it at that.

To be the best, you have to beat the best. The Cavaliers have not done that. They lost a close battle to Duke — only matchup of the season — and they still have to play Syracuse.

Earning a No. 1 seed for this team is not going to be easy. Virginia is ranked as high as No. 11. Let’s just pretend like the rankings are meaningful when it comes to dishing out seeds for the dance. If that is the case, seven teams are going to have to lose for the Cavaliers to capture a No. 1 seed. I know that is not exactly how it works, but there are still plenty of teams in front of them that are more worthy of a No. 1 seed and those teams will have to lose if the Cavaliers are going to get a No. 1 seed.

Instead of worrying about other teams losing, Virginia has to win its last three games of the season and win the ACC tournament. Meeting up with North Carolina, Syracuse or Duke will be a must. There is probably a good chance that the Cavaliers will have to play two of those teams — assuming they make a run to the tournament championship — which is exactly what they want.

Virginia has to prove that it is better than Duke and Syracuse. If it can do that, it could still earn a No. 1 seed.

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.

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