No. 1 seed Virginia this year avoided the biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history.
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The Virginia Cavaliers have used last year's historic first-round loss in the NCAA tournament as motivation this season, as they once again open this tournament as a top seed.
DJ Laster's best game ensured it wouldn't be his last, as the senior scored 32 points to help Gardner-Webb to the Big South tournament title and an automatic NCAA bid.
DJ Laster scored a career-best 32 points and Gardner-Webb beat Radford 76-65 on Sunday to win the Big South Tournament championship and earn its first trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Jose Perez had 19 points to lead five Gardner-Webb players in double figures as the Runnin' Bulldogs narrowly beat Campbell 79-74 in the Big South Conference Tourney semifinals on Friday night.
David Efianayi had 25 points as Gardner-Webb defeated High Point 75-69 in the Big South Conference Tourney quarterfinals on Thursday night.
DJ Laster had 21 points as Gardner-Webb stretched its home win streak to 14 games, topping Longwood 66-47 on Saturday.
Ricky Madison had a career-high 23 points plus 12 rebounds as High Point defeated Gardner-Webb 87-79 on Saturday night.
Eric Jamison had 17 points off the bench to lift Gardner-Webb to a 65-55 win over UNC Asheville on Thursday night.
David Efianayi had 18 points as Gardner-Webb won its 12th consecutive home game, holding off Winthrop 64-60 on Saturday.
David Efianayi scored a career-high 33 points and had six rebounds as Gardner-Webb edged Charleston Southern 77-74 on Wednesday night.
Francois Lewis had 29 points, including three straight free throws in the final second of overtime as Presbyterian extended its home winning streak to eight games, edging past Gardner-Webb 103-101 on Saturday.
David Efianayi scored 23 points with five 3-pointers, Nate Johnson scored five of his 15 points in overtime, and Gardner-Webb beat UNC-Asheville 82-81 on Saturday for its ninth straight win at home.
Dave Efianayi scored 19 points and had seven assists and Gardner-Webb held off High Point 69-67 on Wednesday night to end a two-game skid.
Ty Jones tallied 18 points and nine rebounds and Charleston Southern held Gardner-Webb to 4-for-24 shooting in the first half on its way to a 74-60 victory on Saturday.
Bjorn Broman tied his season high with 20 points as Winthrop defeated Gardner-Webb 97-88 on Thursday night.