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. Berry finished with 17 points and eight rebounds in the loss. And there has only been one ACC title game without a North Carolina team in it.
NEW YORK - Mikal Bridges had 18 points and Villanova scored the first 19 points and cruised toward its fourth straight trip in the Big East Tournament championship game in a win over Butler. He continued his sharpshooting with a pair of 3-pointers, and 12 of his points came in the second half. The top seeds in the West Regional include No. 1 seed Xavier, No. 3 seed MI and No. 4 seed Gonzaga.
" The ACC led the way with nine teams in the tournament, matching a record the ever-expanding league set past year".
This Virginia team has controlled the opposing team in every single game this season.
The NCAA Selection Committee has officially released the 68-team field for the 2018 NCAA Tournament, with games beginning on Tuesday night.
Daxter Miles Jr. and Jevon Carter were again instrumental for West Virginia (24-10). UNC's 63 points were tied for the fifth most allowed the Cavaliers' defense in 33 games.
We'll know two weeks from Sunday whether Virginia is ready to get over the hump and reach the Final Four, but the Cavaliers showed on Saturday night why they'll enter the NCAA tournament among the favorites to cut down the nets in San Antonio.
Junior forward Luke Maye led three Tar Heels in double figures with 20 points.
Seven-footer Dusan Ristic scored 16 points for Arizona (27-7). Jerome had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.
Duke (12-3, 2-1 ACC) suffered its first shutout of the season, 3-0, as the Blue Devils were unable to push across a run against Virginia's combination of starter Daniel Lynch (1-2) and reliever Andrew Abbott.
UVA and UNC only met once during the regular season.
Virginia's 71 points were its third highest point total since January 3.
- 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 Tar Heels, seeded second in the West Regional, will play Lipscomb in the first round. It's about having guys who are coming together to compete to get one goal: and that's to win a national championship. Contributions from everywhere, a microcosm of this special season.
Nick Rakocevic led USC with 13 points.
The one thing Carolina didn't do as well from game one to game two was on the offensive glass. Though the Tar Heels knew what to expect, defending for 30 seconds takes a toll.
Davidson nearly certainly wouldn't have gotten an at-large bid, but it got into the field by upsetting Rhode Island in the A-10 final. Odom, who is a son of Dave Odom, a former Wake Forest head coach, is in his second season at UMBC.
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