Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

North Carolina vs Virginia

North Carolina vs Virginia

So many people were pulling for them because they wanted to see Bonzie Colson in the Tournament.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -When speaking about his ACC tournament quarterfinal opponent Duke on Wednesday night, Notre Dame coach Mike Brey believed his Fighting Irish would fare far better than the teams' previous meeting more than a month ago with their senior stars Bonzie Colson and Matt Farrell on the floor.

This matchup was sloppier and more physical, with both teams missing a handful of layups, but the Tar Heels did just enough. The over/under is set at 155.5 points according to college basketball oddsmakers at 5dimes. It's been noted before that Berry and Allen are actually friends. Three points were scored in the first three minutes of the game. The Tar Heels' spasms of brainlessness in this tournament have provoked him to sub out the entire starting five, and to try to rip his suit coat in half. "They're going to have long possessions". Maye started to get offensive boards early while all three guards knocked down shots from deep. UNC charged back to lead by five at the half.

There may not be a precedent for a nine-loss No. 1 seed, but this battle-tested, surging North Carolina team may yet be the first to do it. He's been a special player for the Tar Heels since the first time he stepped on the court in 2014. The Freshman was altering shots, grabbing rebounds on both ends and scoring easily. Uncharacteristically, Pinson almost traveled before getting the ball poked away and then tipping it out of bounds to give possession to Duke with 11 seconds remaining.

The year before it was the Tar Heels who took home the ACC crown. Garrison Brooks has really shown what he's capable of doing.

Brooks was a four-star recruit who stands at six-foot-eight.

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Johnson came back with what North Carolina called a hip injury. Afterward he said the reason he went for the coat was because he couldn't lay his hands on Pinson. He didn't drop double-digits against Duke, but he did just about everything else. He got a flagrant foul - and got roasted on social media. The defending champions got the message and proved the rest of the night why they are regarded as one of the best offenses in the nation. Allen then picked off a pass, and Duke guard Gary Trent Jr. hit a three on the subsequent possession to cut the deficit to three. Maye leads in rebounds with 10. while Pinson tops in assists with 4.8 per game. Allen forced a three and missed off the backboard the next time down.

Kyle Guy scored 15 points and No. 1 Virginia advanced to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game with a 64-58 victory over No. 19 Clemson on Friday night.

North Carolina shot 44 percent against the Syracuse zone, with Pinson picking through the seams and Williams doing damage in transition. As a team, Virginia is scoring 67.4 points per game on 46.3% shooting from the field, 38.6% from behind the arc and 75.1% from the foul line this season. The guys in the pain are protecting the basket.

Next up is the best team in the land. The Cavaliers still own one of the tightest defenses in the country as well, giving up the fewest points per game at 53.1 per contest on the 3rd-lowest field goal percentage against at 37.4% and the 6th-lowest 3-point percentage at 30% this season.

The Tar Heels beat their heated Tobacco Road rivals for the first time in the conference tournament since the 1998 championship game. 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. The Cavaliers have a suffocating defense of their own so points will come at a minimum.

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