NCAA Tournament: North Carolina earns bid, set to defend title

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Carolina was trying to win the title with four wins in four nights, something done only by Duke last season. They have truly been clicking on all cylinders.

Defending national champion North Carolina is a strong candidate for a No. 2 seed, and that's where Kerry Miller of Bleacher Report projects the Tar Heels at this time.

UNC has just five points in the last 7-plus minutes. The Orange have some pretty decent scorers. Then they go ahead and allow 71 to Virginia. This year's North Carolina team would be 14-7 if it wins Saturday. There's something to be said about that.

The Longhorns' season was rocked by the January announcement that team leader Andrew Jones had leukemia and immediately began treatment. Still, the numbers suggest the Tar Heels are just as good as the schools who have more National Basketball Association talent. He's been stepping up and doing it all.

No. 21 HOUSTON 84, UCF 56:Galen Robinson scored 18 points and Rob Gray had 17 points, six assists and five rebounds for Houston in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament. The senior forward did not have the game he was expecting to.

Virginia opened the ACC tournament title game with similar intensity, forcing three turnovers in the first four minutes to open a 10-5 lead at the first television timeout.

The two teams traded buckets for the better part of the first half, but Virginia took a 34-24 lead with 2:30 remaining until halftime thanks to a 13-4 run. Bennett coached teams are always known for their defenses. "It's playing Virginia on the last day". The Cavaliers hit their first 15 free throw attempts and finished 20 of 22. "We just had the gap early but a very courageous effort by each of the ladies". That's another thing that Bennett's do so well of. Participants were asked to count the number of passes made by one of the two teams as they watched.

North Carolina, meanwhile, is coming off an equally impressive performance. Virginia slows it way down.

In the first half, Virginia maintained a lead for a majority of the twenty minutes. The Cavaliers are so disciplined. The Cavaliers know when to take the jumper or attack the hoop.

The Tar Heels, on the other hand, are at their best when they get offensive rebounds.

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The Cavaliers defeated North Carolina 71-63 Saturday night in a compelling ACC tournament final at Barclays Center. Luke Maye is great at tipping the ball out to a teammate or popping the ball back into the basket.

Of course this is all a moot point if North Carolina can't beat Virginia, no easy feat by any means. He hasn't been able to do that the past two years, getting knocked out in first and second rounds.

"Everyone's lying if they're saying they don't hear any of that or they don't ever think about it", Guy said, acknowledging that it's compounded by the fact that they've yet to get to a Final Four in the Bennett-era.

This is UNCG's 3rd NCAA Tournament appearance. Transition points. Kenny Williams has been on a tear lately, knocking down points off of pushing up the court. If a couple of those second-half three-pointers that rimmed out instead drop, then maybe we're telling a different story, but the truth is Virginia controlled the game entirely from start to finish. Joel Berry proved once again that he's a big shot maker. "You want to play a high level of basketball at the end of the year and you have to do that to be successful here".

The problem though is that they were the only two who consistently saw production against this suffocating defense. Behind coach Avery Johnson, the Tide-Hokies game should be one of the more highly anticipated of the opening weekend.

Blake Dodge capped her Atlantic Coast Conference winter season career in style at the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships. "To be given a one seed is I guess a reward for a heck of a regular season and postseason, ACC conference tournament".

Third-seeded MI (28-7), victor of 10 straight games, is the likely Sweet Sixteen matchup in what would be a rematch of a game Carolina won in Chapel Hill on November 29. As insane as that sounds having a team with nine losses be in a position to land a spot on a top line.

Boeheim maintained his position that his team hit the desired marks of the NCAA tournament committee: winning more games on the road and securing more victories over what the committee refers to as Quadrant 1 and 2 teams (which is based on composite rankings such as RPI).

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

When this Duke team came together in mid-August with the addition of Marvin Bagley III, it was clear that with seven scholarship freshmen, not everything was going to go smoothly.

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