Despite four ACC regular season titles and two conference tournament titles, the Cavaliers have reached the NCAA Tournament's second weekend just twice under Bennett, and they've never advanced further than the Elite Eight.
North Carolina (27-6), which has won 15 of its last 17 games, is now ranked No. 7 in the latest NET rankings, which is the primary metric the selection committee will use when seeding teams on Selection Sunday.
Both teams are loaded with future professional stars, and main attraction Zion Williamson is a virtual lock to be the No. 1 pick in the National Basketball Association draft later this year. "The way we defended - we got out-toughed, we got outrebounded".
I wouldn't count on them making those type of shots at that rate consistently at all.
Florida State only forced eight turnovers, but it made things hard for the Cavaliers to get into a rhythm all night long. FSU shot 56.5 percent from the floor and became just the fifth different team in the last two seasons to beat U.Va. (29-3), which made only 41.5 percent of its field-goal attempts. "He's a great player, and he definitely adds something for their team, but he wasn't our focus".
The halftime score in the semifinal game at Reynolds Coliseum had everyone's attention: Duke 7, UNC 5.
The Virginia Cavaliers react against the Florida State Seminoles
Well, we can at least say we've seen worse from Virginia in March. "We've got six more games, hopefully". "He does a lot of things they don't have without him, so it kind of changes the way they play offensively". I think he's what Duke is missing and is the sole reason why I'm picking UNC over Duke as my favorite to win the title.
Dominant with a capital "D", Williamson's play was that much more impressive given he hasn't taken the court in almost three weeks following SneakerGate. "I know my guys are going to remain confident in me, but it's not about me".
Speaking of Louisville, where does all of this leave our guys?
(21) DRAKE 86, VALPARAISO 58: Becca Hittner scored 18 points and Drake (26-5) used a game-breaking run in the first quarter to roll over ninth-seeded Valparaiso (8-24) in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament quarterfinals at Moline, Illinois.
While Louisville's record might not be that pretty, it's resume and statistical rankings are. But that's up for the NCAA Committee to decide. Without Williamson, there was no question which team was better.
"We all wanted to win - this was an important game for us - but going forward, we've just got to use this game to push us to get better", junior guard Brandon Robinson said.
"We didn't really have time to get it where we wanted to get it, the screen where we wanted to get the screen, because of time".