NCAA Tournament 2012 Bracket Update: Virginia Is No. 10 Seed, Will Face Florida On Friday

March 9, 2012; Atlanta, GA USA; Virginia Cavaliers forward Mike Scott (23) shoots against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the second half of the quarter-finals of the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament at Philips Arena. North Carolina State won 67-64. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

Virginia earned a No. 10 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and will face Florida in its first game.

The 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket and field has been announced, and the Virginia Cavaliers will receive a No. 10 seed in the West region. Virginia's first opponent will be the Florida Gators, and they will play on Friday, March 16 at in Omaha, Neb. If the Cavaliers win their first matchp, they will face the winner of No. 2 Missouri and No. 15 Norfolk State on Sunday, March 18.

The Cavaliers earned the No. 10 seed mostly on the strength of their early-season work. A November win over Michigan helped propel the Cavaliers up high in the rankings. However, a slow finish, coupled with a quarterfinal ACC Tournament loss to North Carolina State, caused the Cavaliers to fall down several seeds.

Here's a look at the West Region of the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket:

No. 1 Michigan State vs. LIU, Friday 3/16/12
No. 8 Memphis vs. No. 9 Saint Louis, Friday 3/16/12
No. 5 New Mexico vs. No. 12 Long Beach State, Thursday 3/15/12
No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 13 Davidson, Thursday 3/15/12
No. 2 Missouri vs. No. 15 Norfolk State, Friday 3/16/12
No. 7 Florida Gators vs. No. 10 Virginia, Friday 3/16/12
No. 3 Marquette vs. No. 14 BYU/Iona, Thursday 3/15/12
No. 6 Murray State vs. No. 11 Colorado State, Thursday 3/15/12

For more on Virginia, visit Streaking The Lawn. For more coverage of the Cavaliers in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, visit SB Nation DC's StoryStream. Click here for a link to our NCAA bracket 2012. SB Nation's live printable bracket can be found here.

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