RALEIGH, N.C. -- Every year, at least one top seed has that moment where it seems like they will be the first to fall to a 16-seed. They make a run, get the crowd or viewers excited, and it's not quite enough.
Virginia had watched higher seeds get upset for nearly two full days before the Cavaliers got their chance to play, and then they were nearly a victim themselves.
But they shook off the pesky Chanticleers and pulled away for a 70-59 win.
1. Virginia might have seemed on the ropes, but the Cavaliers did what they always do -- kill an opponent slowly.
Virginia fans might have been nervous when Coastal Carolina took a 10-point lead with 4:25 to go in the first half or even when their team still trailed by five at the break. But the players weren't.
"We understood what it was going to take for us to win, and that was the defensive end. We wanted to make sure we got back to what we do best," sophomore Justin Anderson said. "It just started to feel natural that second half."