Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

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

Roy Williams talks to his bench during the second half of Saturday's ACC tournament final against Virginia Roy Williams talks to his bench during the second half of Saturday's ACC tournament final against Virginia
Glenn Montgomery | 12 March, 2018, 10:43

Those outcomes give North Carolina a shot to force its way into consideration for a No. 1 seed if it upsets top-seeded Virginia in Saturday's ACC title game. "This is a complete group".

UMBC is the only Maryland team in the tournament this year, and Coach Ryan Odom is calling this a storybook ending that isn't over yet. They've lost one game since December 6, and that was a one-point defeat in overtime against Virginia Tech. Virginia led 34-30 at the break.

The last time the two teams met, the Cavaliers crushed the Tigers with a score of 61-36.

"If it's to make you play defense a little longer to get that shot, then he's getting double benefits from (that style)", he continued.

The semifinal contest proved to have some of the same offensive difficulties for the Tigers, but they didn't get beaten as easily this time as they did in January.

"Everyone was holding their breath and as soon as that swish happened, we just went insane!" However, a 16-0 run by Virginia put the Cavaliers back in control of the game and sent them into the locker room with a 32-23 lead at the half.

There's some fun potential matchups awaiting Virginia, should the Cavaliers advance out of Charlotte and on to Atlanta for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight.

It's pretty insane to look back now to De'Andre Hunter's buzzer-beater at Louisville and see how much it changed the outlook of the NCAA Tournament. Maye is not necessarily known as a bomber, but the big man hit his first three 3-pointers and the Tar Heels used his gravity to try prying open the Cavaliers.

Though Clemson was able to cut into Virginia's lead in the second-half, the Cavaliers held on to pick up their second win of the season over the Tigers. We're supposed to be a good rebounding team but only had two more rebounds than they did.

"U-V-A" chants reverberated around the building, and down the coast to Charlottesville, as orange and blue confetti fell to the floor, and the No. 1 team in the nation secured another title.

Guy, who dropped 19 points against Louisville, led Virginia in scoring with 15 points.

"It's special", Devon Hall said.

Junior center Jack Salt adds, "We've had a pretty incredible season, so to top it off with that would be a great feeling".

"[Salt] is all heart", Bennett said.

Virginia is regarded as the best team in the country for a reason. Virginia reached the final of the tournament most recently in 2016, when they just came up short of winning the championship with a loss to the Tar Heels.

Virginia got its reward for a dominating regular season and ACC tournament title, being named the No. 1 overall seed for the upcoming NCAA tournament.

Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 Saturday night at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, NY.

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