East – No 1 Virginia vs No 16 Coast. Carolina

Posted Mar 16, 2014

2014 NCAA Tournament Preview, Breakdown & Pick: East Region – No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 16 Coastal Carolina

- 60-Second Video Analysis On Each Team

Line: Virginia -20.5
Why To Pick Coastal Carolina: The Chanticleers can rebound and they don't mind mixing it up on defense. They might not be careful with the ball and they might not shoot all that well, but they battle well and can keep Virginia in check for stretches. Virginia can't hit the three and is awful on the line.
Why To Pick Virginia: The defense should shut down CCU cold. Yeah, the Chanticleers can rebound, but Virginia is better at it – there won't be the second chance points needed. There will be long, LONG segments of time when CCU doesn't get on the board.
The Pick: Virginia 72-49. CCU won't have enough offensive pop to be get into the game after an early spurt from the ACC champions.

Virginia Cavaliers
Head coach: Tony Bennett Record: 28-6 Conference: ACC

What You Need To Know: The Cavaliers were the surprise winners of the ACC this season, getting the job done with defense. Tony Bennett's team led the country in points allowed, giving up just 55.4 points a game during the regular season on the way to scoring wins over North Carolina, SMU, Pitt and Syracuse, dominating the Orange from start to finish. The duo of Malcolm Brogdon and Joe Harris do a great job of controlling the tempo, rarely allowing opponents to dictate what happens on the floor. Both can knock down the open jumper, and they bring good vision to the court. Akil Mitchell gives Virginia an inside presence as part of a deep team that works in waves – the depth keeps fresh bodies on the floor at all times.
Strengths: Scoring Defense, Field Goal Percentage Defense, Rebounding
Weaknesses: Free Throw Shooting, Steals, Scoring
How Far Will They Go?: Yeah, they're really that good. Free throws and outside shooting will keep them from winning the national title, but they can certainly get to the Final Four by outMichigan Stating, Michigan State.

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
Head coach: Cliff Ellis Record: 21-12 Conference: Big South

What You Need To Know: The Chanticleers dominated the glass this season, ranking 12th in the country with 39.6 rebounds a game thanks to their good size for a mid-major squad. Five players stand 6-7 or taller, and two top out at 6-10. That said, the bulk of the scoring comes from the big three of Elijah Wilson, Warren Gillis and Josh Cameron, three guys who score inside and out and force opponents to scramble on defense. Gillis is a quality passer who can pick teams apart, and Cameron does a great job of finding slashers through the paint. El Hadji Ndieguene is a rim protector, and Badou Diagne can work inside or outside to stretch the defense.
Strengths: Rebounding, Field Goal Percentage Defense, Scoring Defense
Weaknesses: Assist-Turnover Ratio, Three Point Shooting, Blocked Shots
How Far Will They Go?: Of all the teams they could've faced in the first round, Virginia is the one one-seed that doesn't fit what they do. It'll be a quick exit.