Sunday, March 13, 2016

Hampton University Pirates Takes On No.1 Seed Virginia Cavaliers in March Madness

HAMPTON, Virginia The Hampton University men's basketball team, fresh off its second straight MEAC Tournament title, will take on No. 1 seed Virginia in Raleigh, N.C. on Thursday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Game time is set for approximately 3 p.m., and the game will be shown live on TruTV.

The winner of that game will face either No. 8 Texas Tech or No. 9 Butler in the round of 32.

The Pirates (21-10) won their second straight MEAC Tournament crown on Saturday with an 81-69 win over South Carolina State in the Norfolk Scope Arena. Reginald Johnson, Jr. was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, while both he and Quinton Chievous were named to the All-Tournament Team.

Johnson and Chievous were also both First Team All-MEAC selections.

Hampton is making its third NCAA Tournament appearance under head coach Edward Joyner, Jr. and its sixth overall. The Pirates have NCAA Tournament wins in 2001 (the historic upset over Iowa State) and 2015 (over Manhattan in the First Four).

The bracket was revealed Sunday evening, and Virginia was awarded the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region. The Cavaliers (26-7) are coming off a 61-57 loss to North Carolina in the ACC Tournament final on Saturday. Before that, the No. 4/4 Cavaliers had won five straight.

Redshirt senior guard Malcolm Brogdon is averaging a team-high 18.7 points per game for Virginia, while redshirt senior forward Anthony Gill is averaging 13.3 points and a team-best 6.1 rebounds per contest. Junior guard London Parrantes is averaging 11.0 points a contest.

The ACC coaches and media both elected Brogdon as the league's Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.

The Cavaliers are averaging 70.4 points per game, while giving up just 59.7 points a night.

The Pirates are 0-7 all-time against Virginia, with six of those seven meetings in Charlottesville. The two teams last met in 2013, with the Cavaliers winning 69-40.

Hampton is 1-14 against schools currently in the ACC.

For more information on Hampton University basketball, please call the Office of Sports Information at (757) 727-5811, or visit the official Pirates website at


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