North Carolina vs. Lipscomb - 3/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UNC would go on an 11-0 run to close it out

UNC would go on an 11-0 run to close it out

The top-seeded Cavaliers (31-2) claimed their third ACC tournament title and second in the past five seasons under Coach Tony Bennett to secure an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

As the University of North Carolina Tar Heels prepare to play the University of Virginia Cavaliers in an ACC tournament game tonight, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam decided to make the game a bit more interesting. 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.

Not bad for a bunch that started the season unranked and was picked to finish sixth in the ACC.

Which begs the question: Did North Carolina provide the nation with a diagram on how to beat Duke's now-vaunted 2-3 zone, or was this simply a product of the Tar Heels being a ideal matchup for Duke at this point in time?

The Cavaliers used more of the same to advance to the ACC tournament championship game for the ninth time.

-The ACC led the way with nine teams in the tournament, matching a record the ever-expanding conference set a year ago.

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North Carolina reached the ACC Championship by playing some really good basketball. Meanwhile, the signature pack-line defense forced nine turnovers in the game and slowed down Maye's offense in the second half, keeping him to five points in the final twenty minutes of play.

In 2015, top-seeded Virginia could have been sent to Pittsburgh or Charlotte, and was sent to Charlotte. But the Friars ran out of gas in OT. But his play at the Barclays Center - which included shooting more than 50 percent from behind the arc while averaging 17 points and six rebounds in the team's first two wins - will inspire fans more than his words could. The fourth-seeded Wildcats (23-10) learned Friday morning they'd be without All-Big 12 forward Dean Wade, who hurt his foot in their quarterfinal win over TCU.

A path to a potential No. 1 seed opened for the nine-loss Tar Heels on Friday when they withstood a late charge from rival Duke in the ACC semifinals and Xavier suffered an upset loss to Providence in the Big East semifinals.

Boeheim maintained his position that his team hit the desired marks of the NCAA tournament committee: winning more games on the road and securing more victories over what the committee refers to as Quadrant 1 and 2 teams (which is based on composite rankings such as RPI).

It was the second time in three years they've beaten West Virginia (24-10) in the title game. Azubuike hurt a ligament in his left knee in practice early in the week and spent the weekend on the bench, though he's expected to return next week. Kyle Guy was terrific in the second half, constantly making contested jumpers and finishing with 16 points. Jerome had 12 points, six assists and six rebounds for Virginia. Luke Maye posed a matchup problem early on, scoring 15 first-half points and finishing with 20.

SAN DIEGO ST. 90, No. 22 NEVADA 73:Devin Watson scored 20 points to lead San Diego State (21-10) in the Mountain West semifinals at Las Vegas.

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If Kentucky wins, John Calipari's team will likely play Pac-12 champion Arizona, which is the fourth seed in the South Regional. The victor of that game will face either fifth-seeded Clemson or 12th-seeded New Mexico State in the second round on Sunday.

UNC will be going for its 19th all-time conference title. North Carolina has won 9 of their last 12 games and has been solid on both sides of the ball this season as the Tar Heels now rank 26th in scoring offense, 2nd in rebound margin, and 75th in defensive FG%.

Admiral Schofield added 16 points for Tennessee, which shot 57.1 percent from the field.

Locally, eight players from Wake County will participate in the tournament, two players from Johnston County and one player from Johnston, Orange and Person Counties.

Ayton put on a show along The Strip, bouncing back from a nervous Pac-12 opener with two dominating games. Wendell Carter is a lottery pick, a workhorse on the block that can wall-up at the rim and pound the glass and overwhelm just about any defender that comes his way, and he's clearly and undoubtedly the second-best big man on their roster. However, with 400 meters to go, Villanova took the lead and went on to win in 11:13.65.

Rasmussen added that Davidson's victory over Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10 final Sunday afternoon knocked Notre Dame out of the field.

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