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Teel: Strong schedule elevates deserving Virginia to No. 1 seed

Teel: Strong schedule elevates deserving Virginia to No. 1 seed

Tony Bennett and his staff crafted a devilish non-conference schedule for a team they thought elite. Sunday brought a deserved dividend: a No. 1 NCAA tournament seed.

Among the four top regional seeds — Kansas, North Carolina and Oregon are the others — the Cavaliers are the only squad that won neither its league regular-season nor tournament championship. But a schedule that included tests against California, West Virginia and Villanova — Virginia won each — propelled Tony Bennett's program to the top line of the Midwest Regional over, most notably, Big Ten tournament champion Michigan State.

And it wasn't close. The Cavaliers are the tournament's...

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