No. 1 Virginia beat No. 12 North Carolina 71-63 in the Barclay Center in Brooklyn. Also in Idaho are defending national runner-up Gonzaga, which would have a home-court advantage of sorts in a second-round matchup against either Ohio State or South Dakota State.
Virginia coach Tony Bennett, his players and staff get that.
But it was UVA, the team that started the season unranked that holds the crown and will be the number one overall seed when the NCAA tournament begins later this week.
North Carolina and Duke both got No. 2 seeds.
The Hokies were one of the teams who beat the Cavaliers this year.
For now, though, the Cavaliers (31-2) carry the mantle.
Kyle Guy scored 16 points and top-ranked Virginia maintained a steady lead while repelling No. 12 North Carolina throughout the second half for a 71-63 victory in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship game Saturday in NY. "I don't know how you can select all the teams, to be honest". "We just had the gap early but a very courageous effort by each of the ladies".
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If Virginia can make it through the bracket to reach San Antonio, that would add to what has already been a milestone-filled season. The Tar Heels finished in a third place tie in the ACC regular season standings, lost more games than either Duke or Xavier and suffered the single most damaging loss among the three teams, a home loss to Wofford on December 20.
Virginia went to a Final Four in 1981 with the 7-foot-4 Sampson, then made an unexpected trip there in 1984 as a 7-seed. On defense, the Cavaliers play the stifling Pack Line, which makes it exceedingly hard for opponents to get off uncontested shots. They put the bow on a fantastic season that should have them earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Duke will be a two-seed in the Midwest bracket where they will face 15-seed Iona in Pittsburgh in round one.
- The sense of ownership and entitlement that North Carolinians feel over ACC basketball is off-putting to other league teams outside of the state, and especially to expansion-era teams that certainly didn't want to join a league where they were considered second-class citizens.
The announcement Sunday evening was both validation and vindication for a team that was not ranked in the preseason and was picked to finish sixth in its own conference. Shortly after that, a commission led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is expected to deliver recommendations from an investigation triggered by an FBI probe that led to charges last fall against assistant coaches, agents, employees of apparel companies and others.
Tennessee's Rick Barnes is the seventh coach to take at least four programs to the NCAA Tournament, joining Lon Kruger, Tubby Smith, Rick Pitino, Eddie Sutton, John Beilein and Lefty Driesell. "They run things a little bit different". Now the Wildcats (24-10) enter with a No. 5 seed after winning seven of eight to claim the SEC Tournament title. Next up for the Musketeers, provided they take care of business in their opener, would be either 8-seed Missouri or 9-seed Florida State. UNC was led by the 2018 ACC most improved player Luke Maye, who finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds Friday night.
They range from teams that made it into the tournament off the so-called bubble - Alabama - to one of the best teams in the country.