Virginia now has its chance to make up for being the first No. 1 seed to lose its NCAA Tournament opener.

The Cavaliers are the second overall No. 1 seed and back in the South Region bracket after losing to the University of Maryland-Baltimore County — better known as UMBC — a year ago. This is the seventh time Virginia has been a No. 1 seed and the fourth time in six seasons, though the Cavaliers still are looking to reach their first Final Four with coach Tony Bennett.

The Cavaliers (29-3) will play an NCAA Tournament newcomer in Gardner-Webb (23-11) of the Big South Conference on Friday in Columbia, South Carolina.

Virginia coach Tony Bennett discusses a call with an official during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte, N. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Virginia coach Tony Bennett discusses a call with an official during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte, N. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Virginia had been in the running to be the top overall seed until losing 69-59 to Florida State in the ACC Tournament semifinals. The Cavaliers find themselves in a bracket with Tennessee, which had been hoping for a No. 1 seed, Wisconsin, Purdue and Cincinnati.

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Tennessee's Kyle Alexander walks off the court after losing to Auburn in the championship game of the NCAA Southeastern Conference basketball tournament Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Tennessee’s Kyle Alexander walks off the court after losing to Auburn in the championship game of the NCAA Southeastern Conference basketball tournament Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)