In case you forgot, Virginia lost in the first round last year.
No. 1 Virginia managed to avoid another upset by a No. 16 seed for the second year in a row in the NCAA tournament, but that didn't stop the jokes when the Cavaliers were down early.
Last year, Virginia was upset by No. 16 UMBC in one of the most historic losses in college basketball history. No. 16 UMBC became the first school to ever beat a No. 1 seed in the men's NCAA tournament. During last year's upset, Virginia was tied at the half with UMBC.
This year, the Cavaliers trailed by six points at halftime to No. 16 Gardner Webb with the Runnin' Bulldogs leading 36–30. But Virginia closed it out, winning 71–56.
Despite the win, it didn't take long for Twitter, including UMBC, to have fun with the halftime score:
I feel like Gardner-Webb coach called UMBC coach from last year lol. They ain’t playing no games w Virginia.— Bobby BP Portis (@BPortistime) March 22, 2019
Virginia absolutely should have tanked a bit this year in order to avoid getting a No. 1 seed.— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) March 22, 2019
Even if Virginia comes back and wins this (My God I typed that), you just can't.— Dana O'Neil (@DanaONeilWriter) March 22, 2019
Maybe Tide pods got popular as a snack because they're Virginia colors— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) March 22, 2019
Send me a GIF of your reaction to seeing Gardner Webb up 26-14 on No. 1 Virginia with 8:10 left in the first half— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) March 22, 2019
According to ESPN Stats and Info, Virginia was a 22.5-point favorite before the game. If they were to lose to Gardner-Webb, it would be the largest NCAA Tournament upset since the field expanded to 64 teams.