Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Closes out UNC 71-63 to win ACC tourney championship

Closes out UNC 71-63 to win ACC tourney championship

After opening the season unranked, and picked to finish sixth in the ACC, the top-ranked Cavaliers completed their domination of the best conference in the country, and defeated defending national champion North Carolina, 71-63, in the ACC Tournament title game Saturday night at Barclays Center.

The Cavaliers did it with no surefire National Basketball Association lottery picks and a shutdown defense that led the nation with the fewest points allowed per game. "Even though I might be bias, everyone else would agree with me based on the season they've had to this point".

To be clear, Bennett would take a special talent like Marvin Bagley III if they wanted to play for Virginia. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch the game live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.

The Cavaliers never gave back control, though, and did a remarkable job of producing a stalemate on the glass against the best rebounding team in the country.

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. The Wildcats also have multi-talented freshman big man Deandre Ayton, who had two monster games in the Pac-12 Tournament. Once the ACC title was official, the group went on the court to celebrate with their teammates.

But will Virginia still be considered the best when the final net is cut?

Villanova, Kansas and Xavier joined Virginia as the top seeds.

Those opponents appear in line with the committee rewarding the Cavaliers, who won the ACC regular season title by 4 games, then went 3-0 in Brooklyn, topping North Carolina for the league's tournament title.

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Young became the first player in NCAA history to lead the nation in scoring and assists.

The Shockers (25-7) have the type of roster that can make another deep March run, led by guard Landry Shamut and big man Markis McDuffie. Virginia, which didn't hit its first free throw until the final minute of its semifinal win against Clemson, put away the game at the line, hitting 20 of 22 free throws.

Marshall won't be able to match Marshall's Shockers in terms of talent, but plays a freewheelng style under coach Dan D'Antoni that's hard to prepare for on short notice.

Virginia Tech is the eight seed in the East Region in Pittsburgh and will play Alabama Thursday night around 9:30. The victor likely will have to face No. 1 Villanova in the round of 32.

Here are three takeaways from the NCAA Tournament selections.

The ACC championship starts at 8:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

Villanova opens against the LIU Brooklyn-Radford victor on Thursday in Pittsburgh. The Wildcats are 9-2 favorites to win the title, according to, with Duke right behind at 5-1.

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