- ‘Welcome to the edge of freedom’: Biden’s boots touch down in DMZ
- Obama: Hole U.S. ‘digging out of’ requires billions more in unemployment benefits
- Obama’s regulatory agenda will cost U.S. economy $143B next year: report
- Patriot Act author on James Clapper: Fire, prosecute him
- Russia P.M. Medvedev: No amnesty for political prisoners
- Michigan GOP Senate hopeful reminds government is the ‘servant’
- Christmas, by Congress: Members mull a 15-cent tax on trees
- U.S. unemployment falls to five-year low of 7 percent; 203K jobs added
- World mourns Nelson Mandela and celebrates his life; burial set for Dec. 15
- Bill O’Reilly reminds: Nelson Mandela ‘was a communist’
Virginia should be dancing for the first time since 2007
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Jontel Evans' mom will be in town Sunday night, and she has a very important job.
If Virginia's name gets called during the NCAA men's basketball selection show, Evans will cut off the hair he's been growing all season. Cavaliers forward Mike Scott has made a similar vow, though he wasn't tipping his hand as to whether Trina Evans would cut his hair as well.
The night is expected to be a celebration of the Wahoos' first trip to the NCAA tournament since 2007.
You can forgive the players, though, for being at least a little nervous — after all, Seth Greenberg's Virginia Tech Hokies can vouch that it's never a sure thing.
"I think we're all pretty confident," Virginia forward Akil Mitchell said Friday. "I don't know what everybody else is saying. Honestly, I don't even think you can tell right now. It changes by the second."
The 'Hoos still hadn't finalized their watch plans for the evening as of Saturday night.
No national analyst has left U.Va. off his projected bracket yet, with seeding generally anticipated to be in the 8-12 range. That means an evenly matched first-round game that would be followed by a meeting with one of the nation's best.
Virginia finished the season 4-6, but had a winning conference record (9-7), and boasts non-conference victories against Michigan at home, Oregon and LSU on the road, and Drexel at a neutral site. Just as important were regular-season victories against Miami and N.C. State, the two ACC teams considered "on the bubble."
The all-important RPI number stands at 50. It's low for a team that spent most of the year in the top 25, reflecting a non-conference schedule that was weak outside of the big games.
One could go crazy projecting the seed and site — and there's an industry devoted to exactly that — but Virginia could find itself at any of seven first-weekend sites before tonight is over. The only one seemingly out of play is Greensboro, as it is expected to host Duke and UNC, and no more than two teams from a conference can be at any site.
For a team that hasn't been to the big dance since 2007, though, just hearing its name tonight called will provide plenty of reason for celebration in Charlottesville.
Follow the Cavaliers at TimesDispatch.com
- Bill OReilly reminds: Nelson Mandela was a communist
- Obama administration issues permits for wind farms to kill more eagles
- Spike in battlefield deaths linked to restrictive rules of engagement
- PRUDEN: British press horrified as London's new mayor dares to proclaim the truth
- Obama: Hole U.S. 'digging out of' requires billions more in unemployment benefits
- Rush Limbaugh: Obama trying to make Mandela death about himself
- Kill team: Obama war chiefs widen drone death zones
- NAPOLITANO: Pope Francis should be saving souls, not pocketbooks
- 'Dude, I'm dreading that I will have to go': Czech prime minister on Mandela funeral
- John Boehner says GOP should support gay candidates: I do
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Find the latest news and happening that effect those in the Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland Metro region.
A stat-head’s outlook, direct from his worn in couch cushion.
Classical music and the performing arts: news and reviews you can use.
Covering the world of soccer, including the World Cup, Major League Soccer, D.C. United and the English Premier League and other interesting sporting events.
White House pets gone wild!