College basketball: Virginia tops Clemson to advance to ACC final


The Cavaliers were a one seed when they lost in the Final Four to North Carolina in 1981. "I think that's something that we have to do, so we don't have a really big margin for error". "I'm comfortable and confident that our team has done enough and deserves an NIT berth for sure".

Carolina has won six NCAA championships (1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009, 2017) and made an NCAA-record 20 Final Four appearances.

Probably due to its loss to UNC in the ACC tournament, Duke did not get to go to Charlotte for the first weekend of the NCAA tournament but will be playing in Pittsburgh. Then in 2015, they lost again to the Spartans - the same Spartans that would make a magical run to the Final Four.

Those Maryland and Duke experiences confirm the magnitude not only of Virginia's feats but also the challenge ahead.

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.

Top-seeded Cincinnati (29-4) advances to a championship-game matchup with Houston.

It's like golf's majors. Kenny Williams, who did average more than 11 points per game, scored 12 points, but he hasn't always been there when the team needed him. Head coach Tony Bennett's menacing pack line defense wears down even the most rested offenses.

This is the Eagles' second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Boeheim also complimented Tyus Battle and Frank Howard for the continued commitment over a taxing season. "But in the moment, that's over with". And whether they win it all or not, if they haven't proven they belong by now, then you just don't want to believe it.

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"This was a good tournament for us and we'll learn from this game", Pinson said. Virginia ranked No. 1 in the country in points allowed per game this season, and the scoring prowess of Kyle Guy, Devon Hall and Ty Jerome helps maintain an offensive threat.

LAS VEGAS - Devin Watson scored 20 points to lead San Diego State to a blowout victory over Nevada in the Mountain West Conference semifinals. As a team, North Carolina shot 50 percent from three and 43.5 percent overall. The Tar Heels shot 10-for-25 from 3-point range and turned it over only nine times.

"I told our players that everyone can play if they're in there", Bennett said in a teleconference Sunday after the pairings were released. "He kept us in there a little bit tonight with it, but he's had a great freshman year".

"But I really like what he does". As Virginia's Bennett said, "There's so much parity in this tournament, you get as healthy as you can, as ready as you can".

"They're really tough-minded. They're really intelligent".

"I mean, I had a couple of open looks", he said. During his tenure over the last decade and a half, the Tar Heels have won three titles, been to five Final Fours and accumulated a 42-10 record. He's in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

In short, he knows exceptional coaching when he sees it.

The chairman of the NCAA selection committee, Bruce Rasumussen, has said the investigations played no part of the bracket-filling process. "I know I've done a lot for this program and I know I've put a lot into this program".

To win a championship, you need to be able to win different kinds of games.