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Virginia arrives in Indianapolis for NCAA men's tourney after COVID-19 delay

Virginia men's basketball coach Tony Bennett and the Cavaliers were forced to pull out of the ACC tournament earlier this month because of a positive COVID-19 test. File Photo by Bryan Woolston/UPI
Virginia men's basketball coach Tony Bennett and the Cavaliers were forced to pull out of the ACC tournament earlier this month because of a positive COVID-19 test. File Photo by Bryan Woolston/UPI | License Photo

March 19 (UPI) -- The Virginia Cavaliers finally arrived in Indianapolis for the NCAA men's basketball tournament Friday, becoming the 68th and final team to do so.

The Cavaliers remained in Charlottesville, Va., after a positive COVID-19 test forced them to pull out of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament earlier this month. Virginia withdrew before a semifinal game against Georgia Tech on March 12.

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Since pausing team activities, the Cavaliers have conducted daily COVID-19 testing. The arrival of Virginia puts them two sets of negative coronavirus tests away from playing No. 13 seed Ohio on Saturday night.

The defending champion Cavaliers are a No. 4 seed in the West Region in this year's NCAA men's tournament. Virginia won the national championship in 2019, but the COVID-19 pandemic canceled last year's NCAA tourney.

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