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No. 1 Virginia leads nine from ACC into Big Dance

13 March 2018

Virginia's marvelous 31-2 season was rewarded Sunday night when it was awarded the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Ja'Quan Newton, who hit the game victor in Chapel Hill just over a week ago, pulled the Hurricanes within one at 50-49, and the insanity just continued from there as both squads played a physical brand of basketball that was played nearly exclusively in a six-point window.

UNC won nine of 11 games before falling to top-ranked Virginia in Saturday's ACC title game.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Blue Devils told reporters after the game on Friday that his team will be ready for the NCAAs.

The Cavaliers headline the South Region bracket, earning a No. 1 seed for the sixth time in program history.

The NCAA Tournament field of 68 has been announced and the state of North Carolina has six teams competing for the national title.

Alcorta, a senior from Springfield, Va., reclaimed the lead for the Tar Heels shortly after receiving the baton and led for almost 1,200 meters.

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Vols fans had been hoping their impressive season would get them assigned to Nashville, about a three-hour drive from their Knoxville campus.

The Spartans are in the NCAA Tournament for the 21st consecutive year.

Duke-Carolina played in last season's ACC tournament semifinals, with fifth-seeded Duke upsetting UNC, 93-83.

The ACC Tournament heads back to North Carolina after a two-year stint in New York City, but expect it to be back sooner than later. Those three have combined for 39 Final Four appearances.

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Kyle Guy is pretty darn close to irreplaceable for the Cavaliers, ranked No. 1 in the country and well on its way to a top seed in the forthcoming NCAA tournament.

The victor of Friday's game between Carolina and Lipscomb will advance to Sunday's second-round contest against the victor of the game between No. 7 seed Texas A&M and No. 10 seed Providence. Foster began his career with the Wildcats.

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N.C. State may not have gotten a good seed, but the Pack could beat Seton Hall and take its chances against top seed Kansas.

Louisville had a chaotic season mired by the firings of coach Rick Pitino and AD Tom Jurich amid the Federal Bureau of Investigation case.

The Hilltoppers wait to see if they will get to play another game this season. For instance, Louisville has lost its coach (Rick Pitino), athletic director (Tom Jurich) and latest national title (2013) in the culmination of scandals that have slammed that program for the better part of this decade.

From there, the game turned into a back-and-forth prizefight: Kansas scored 10 straight, West Virginia answered with eight in a row and the Jayhawks responded with 10 more. The Orange also lost games to Wake Forest and Georgia Tech, but their ability to earn an at-large bid displays how valuable it is to play in the ACC.

"It's not playing four days in a row that's hard", he said.

WASHINGTON - Jeff Dowtin scored 18 points, Jared Terrell added 16 points and Rhode Island survived a challenge from VCU in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament quarterfinals. It became clear before conference play, and then dreadfully so during most of February and March, that the Orange did not possess enough offensive talent to compete against the best teams in the nation's best conference.

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No. 1 Virginia leads nine from ACC into Big Dance