This article is part of our Final Four Preview series.
Just one year ago, Virginia made history for all the wrong reasons. The Hoos became the first No. 1 seed to ever lose a No. 16 seed. Fast-forward to 2019, and the tables have completely turned. Virginia survived a defensive struggle with Oregon in the Sweet 16, then won an instant classic in overtime versus Purdue after Mamadi Diakite sent the game to extra time at the buzzer. This is Virginia's first Final Four since 1984.
Meanwhile, Virginia will face a scorching Auburn squad making its first appearance ever in the Final Four. The Tigers have won 12-straight games heading into this clash, which includes the SEC Tournament Championship and the Midwest Region. Auburn dismantled college basketball royalty on the way to the Final Four, dispatching of Kansas, North Carolina and Kentucky in succession. Those three schools have combined for 52 Final Four appearances, but it's Auburn who took them all down and remains dancing.
Virginia Cavaliers, South Region No. 1 seed
Backcourt: The Cavaliers are extremely guard-heavy, led by the trio of De'Andre Hunter, Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome. Hunter was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year during the regular season, but also averages nearly 15 points per game as well. Guy is currently the leading scorer for the Cavs but had been cold for most of the tourney until the Elite Eight. He found his stroke against the Boilermakers, pouring in 25 points while also leading the team with 10 rebounds. Jerome is also a feisty