Multiple NC schools earn bids for NCAA Men's Basketball tournament

Alicia Farmer
March 12, 2018

Virginia coach Tony Bennett, his players and staff get that.

"That's what I think sets this team apart". "He kept us in there a little bit tonight with it, but he's had a great freshman year". We played literally every team, so it's going to be tough every night.

The University of North Carolina senior ran a personal-best 2 minutes, 7.02 seconds in the 800 meters at the Clemson Indoor Track and Field Complex, passing one final competitor in the final 20 meters to secure sixth place and capture the first All-ACC honor of her Tar Heels career.

The game, at Barclays Center, showcased Virginia's distinctive style. The Friars feature a senior star in Kyron Cartwright and are hot, having beaten top-seed Xavier in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament before taking another No. 1 seed, Villanova, to overtime in the final.

But you wouldn't have been able to tell all week.

"This was one of our goals coming into the year, too", sophomore guard Ty Jerome said. You prepare well, you try to improve and you play to win. "Brand new season. So you have to reset your mind and go from there".

North Carolina (No. 12) had its chances, but playing Virginia (No. 1) seems a dispiriting thing. Jamal Johnson led Memphis (21-13) with 17 points but went scoreless in the second half.

None of it fazed the Cavaliers. Harris, who played at the school for four seasons before going pro in 2014, hosted a small gathering of former teammates and ex-UVA players at his apartment before heading to watch the game. Western Kentucky (24-10) then scored the game's last 11 points before missing two shots in the final 20 seconds. Devon Hall hit three 3-pointers.

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Virginia will enter the NCAA tournament as the overall No. 1 seed, with the No. 1 ranking at KenPom and the best adjusted defensive efficiency in the past 17 years.

At the ACC tournament, Virginia also showed some offensive potency, a scary sign for its opponents next week.

Virginia celebrates its ACC championship.

The Cavaliers (31-2) have won all three of their games with the Retrievers, the last in 2005, but the identity of UMBC's head coach should bring back some memories. "You've got to work for everything you get and then you've gotta go on the other end and work for that".

"So it's whatever, we'll take whatever we get". We couldn't make a play. "Sometimes, when you're playing the victor of the play-in game, you're preparing for two teams".

North Carolina, the defending national champions, is among six teams from the state that made the field of 68 for the NCAA Tournament. UVA leads the nation in scoring defense at 53.4 points per game and have the best turnover margin in the ACC. Virginia is the top seed in the South region and will open play on Friday against the University of Maryland- Baltimore County.

"We definitely wanted to run a few seconds faster and qualify for nationals, but it's an honor to be a part of an effort like that and come so close", Dodge said.

"All week in practice I was just trying to get used to it", Guy said.

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