#1 Virginia Ready to Face #12 North Carolina in ACC Championship Game

#1 Virginia Ready to Face #12 North Carolina in ACC Championship Game

Two years ago, the Orange finished 9-9 in the ACC and lost their first game in the ACC tournament.

"They were unranked then and to see them win the ACC tournament [now], it was pretty sweet to see how far they've come". The Highlanders won the Big South conference, getting an automatic bid as a First Four team. But only the 1999 squad reached the Final Four. Other than Pinson, the Tar Heels were 20 for 59 from the field (34 percent). He missed nine of 10 tries from 3-point range.

Jalen Brunson had 31 points, six rebounds and four assists and Mikal Bridges added 25 points as Wildcats won the Big East tournament with an overtime win over the Friars in NY.

CHAPEL HILL-Defending NCAA champion North Carolina is the No. 2 seed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament West Regional. He could have waved a white flag to signal for the TO. Sophomore guard Ty Jerome led Virginia in scoring with nine points, while Hall and graduate transfer guard Nigel Johnson each had eight points.

The teams are highlighted by powerhouses Duke, North Carolina and NC State while smaller schools such as Davidson, North Carolina Central and UNC-Greensboro will also be featured in this years tournament.

Duke finished second in the ACC leaving their appearance in the tournament without a doubt. Daryl Macon led Arkansas (23-11) with 19 points. Next up is the victor of the Houston-Central Florida game. Tennessee (25-8), Arizona (27-7) and Kentucky (24-10) round out the Top 5 seeds.

In the first half, Virginia maintained a lead for a majority of the twenty minutes.

Kyle Washington added 11 for the Bearcats (29-4), who advanced to meet No. 21 Houston in Sunday's final. They'll face No. 9 Kansas on Saturday night.

But one of the hallmarks of Kansas over the years, especially under Bill Self, has been tenacious half-court defense - and the Mountaineers shredded it early in the second half. Both players led the country in minutes per game at 38.3. There could probably still be cases for that to be made, but the thoughts of a team with 10 losses being a No. 1 seed is nonsense.

The Crimson Tide trailed 41-31 at halftime but started the second half on a 28-3 run.

Jalen McDaniels had his ninth double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Despite being the last seed in their region, UMBC avoided the awful First Four play-in game on Tuesday featuring a pair of No. 16 seeds.

Rasmussen added that Davidson's victory over Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10 final Sunday afternoon knocked Notre Dame out of the field.

The grinder's grinder has done yeoman's work in Moraga, but this is now the second time in three years that a lack of quality games in the non-conference portion of the schedule has kept Saint Mary's out of the NCAA Tournament.

N.C. State may not have gotten a good seed, but the Pack could beat Seton Hall and take its chances against top seed Kansas.

Duke, the second seed in the Midwest, will play Iona in Pittsburgh on Thursday.

The ACC tournament semifinals are set, with sixth-seeded North Carolina taking the last spot with an 82-65 win over the Miami Hurricanes on Thursday. The 11 victories in conference play proved to be the most in Clemson history - tying the all-time record for wins in any conference.



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