NCAA Tournament: North Carolina earns bid, set to defend title
Mar 12, 2018, 05:59
North Carolina led by 15 when Maye hit a jumper with 5:33 left and it looked as if it would cruise into the title game. Updates with new lead. A year ago after North Carolina lost to Duke in the ACC semifinals, the Blue Devils won the ACC but the Tar Heels won the national championship. They won the ACC tournament title.
The focus now turns to Saturday night's ACC title game and a chance for this year's UVA team to reach another goal set back in the pre-season. "But I think we pretty much thrive on defensive stops".
He did that to remind his players that they're special together and that they could accomplish anything. Absent a Masters, U.S. Open, British Open or PGA Championship, there's a void on the résumé, no matter how many tournaments you win.
Ajdin Penava added 16 points and nine rebounds for Marshall, which went into the tournament as the No. 4 seed. Ty Jerome had 12 points, six assists and six rebounds for Virginia, which will certainly enter the NCAA Tournament as the top overall seed. "To be able to grab this, I think it's a special, special moment for us".
Affirming its outright regular-season title, Virginia defended with its standard intensity and scored with an efficiency that yet again mocked those who insist this team is offensively challenged. They went 17-1 in the regular season, the one loss by one point in overtime to Virginia Tech, and finished first by four games. Winning [the night before against Notre Dame] and then-I thought we got off to a bad start, not that we weren't ready. "We don't have a really big room for - a really big margin for error".
Landry Shamet led Wichita State (25-7) with 19 points while Shaquille Morris had 12, including 10 in the final seven minutes to keep the game close.
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"Virginia beat our tails", he said.
Kyron Cartwright (11.8 points, 5.7 assists) almost led the Friars to Big East tournament championship, having proved themselves with two victories over Xavier and another over Villanova. Western Kentucky (24-10) then scored the game's last 11 points before missing two shots in the final 20 seconds. They directed an offense that committed only four turnovers, made 9 of 17 shots from beyond the 3-point arc and 20 of 22 free throws.
The Tar Heels beat their heated Tobacco Road rivals for the first time in the conference tournament since the 1998 championship game.
All season the Tar Heels have been basically auditioning different members for a consistent third scorer behind Luke Maye and Joel Berry II.
North Carolina: UNC won three games in four days in Brooklyn and might have played its way into a high enough seed - probably a No. 2 - to open the NCAAs in Charlotte.
Allen received a Flagrant 1 foul for hip-checking North Carolina's Garrison Brooks as the Tar Heels forward was running up court late in the first half.
"We went to an Elite 8, nearly got to a Final Four, but the NCAA Tournament, you want to do as well as you can in that", Bennett said. "I've been freezing my butt off up here".
Virginia coach Tony Bennett, his players and staff get that.
At the ACC tournament, Virginia also showed some offensive potency, a scary sign for its opponents next week.
"I think we have the group to do it", Hall said. Doing so over the past five tournaments since the expansion would have meant just three teams over that span played in the ACC tournament - translation: better basketball all around. Despite returning to play eight minutes in the second half, Guy had learned the extent, however minor, of the injury by Monday's press conference ahead of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
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