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UVa Hoping to Avoid Upset Bug in Raleigh

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Coastal Carolina has never won an NCAA Tournament game Coastal Carolina has never won an NCAA Tournament game
The last time the Virginia men's basketball team was a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Cavaliers didn't play a 16-seed in their first game.

There were just 52 teams in the Big Dance back in 1983, rather than the 68 we have today.

UVa will try to win a tournament game for the first time since 2007 Friday night, as they take on 16-seed Coastal Carolina.

A #1 seed has never lost to a 16-seed in the NCAA tournament, and Virginia is a 21-point favorite over Coastal.

Three-seed Duke and 6-seed UMass were upset earlier in the day at PNC Arena.

Coastal Carolina has never won a single game in the Big Dance.  

The Chanticleers are 0-2 all-time, with the last loss coming in 1993 to Michigan's Fab Five.

The Cavaliers are staying humble, partly because the last time they played in the NCAA Tournament two years ago, the ''Hoos lost by 26 points to Florida in the first round.

Virginia is playing with higher expectations this year, and the players say they are ready to roll.

Sophomore guard Malcolm Brogdon says, "It's very exciting.  There's a lot of energy in Raleigh, even at the hotel.  We're very excited to be here, but we're going to take it one game at a time, and not get ahead of ourselves."

"Everyone is pretty level-headed," says sophomore center Mike Tobey.  "This team doesn't get too excited, or too low on themselves, as you guys have probably seen in some of the games.  Everyone is pretty level-headed going into the game, knowing we have to go out there and play as hard as we can, because we can't take Coastal Carolina lightly."

Senior forward Akil Mitchell says, "Just sticking to what we do.  It's been out gameplan all year long: defending, keeping guys out of the paint, rebounding, and taking good shots on the offensive end."
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