NCAA Tournament 2018: ACC championship proves Virginia is nation’s best

NEW YORK — For the third time in five years, and the sixth time in school history, Virginia will be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. 

Is this the year you finally allow yourself to trust this program in March Madness, though? The Cavaliers have given you almost no reason not to. Pick against the Wahoos at your own risk — and potentially at the threat of losing your office pool. 

For one, Tony Bennett has a case for best coach in college basketball. I’m not only talking about this season. That’s already been settled.

Virginia capped off a dominating run to Selection Sunday with a 71-63 victory against North Carolina in the ACC Tournament title game Saturday night. The conquering of Carolina set a UVA record for most victories in a season: 31. The Cavaliers have only two losses, which is half as many as the next closest teams (Villanova, Michigan State, Cincinnati and Gonzaga). 

The ACC title also birthed an ACC record: 2017-18 Virginia is the first team to win 20 games in a season against league competition. And the Cavs are going to their fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament — the first time the program’s done that. 

“I think that we know who we are,” senior Isaiah Wilkins said. 

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