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North Carolina holds off Duke to advance to ACC title game

13 March 2018, 12:17 | Brandon Parsons

Lipscomb celebrates first NCAA Tournament berth in school history

Virginia earns No. 1 overall NCAA Tournament seed on Selection Sunday

The Cavaliers (31-2) likely will land the No. 1 overall seed for 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.

Rick Barnes is heading back to where he spent a good chunk of his career.

Lipscomb finished two games behind Florida Gulf Coast in the Atlantic Sun Conference, but knocked off the Eagles 108-96 in the tournament to earn a bid.

"We're going to approach it the same way we've approached every day: stay together, play Villanova basketball", said Jalen Brunson, Player of the Year in the Big East, which has six teams in The Big Dance.

No. 2 seed in the West Region. Their six national championships and 123 NCAA Tournament victories are also the most of any team in the ACC.

Jeff Dowtin added 16 points and 10 assists for Rhode Island, Russell scored 14 points and E.C. Matthews had 11 of his 14 points in the second half for the defending tournament champions.

Tournament games begin on Tuesday, March 13, with the first play-in games; first round games will be played on Thursday and Friday. The Tar Heels are second in NCAA Tournament history in games (168), wins (123) and winning percentage (.732).

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

But more often than not, North Carolina is a two-headed attack hoping one of the other options steps up. The Cavaliers have been that this season, going 17-1 in the ACC and sweeping their three games in the conference tournament.

NC Central: The Eagles won the MEAC to reach the tournament for the second-straight year.

Joining UNC in the West bracket will be Wes Miller's UNCG squad who drew a 13-seed and will square off with fourth-seeded Gonzaga in Boise in round one.

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She is the county's first-ever victor of the NCHSAA award that is now in its 32nd year.

Syracuse was the last team into the field.

North Carolina scored their second-lowest point total for the season that night at 49 with their lowest actually coming to Michigan State with 45 points.

Virginia ranks 2nd in numberFire's power rankings and we expect them to be a 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Among the intriguing early matchups is No. 8 seed Creighton and its star, Marcus Foster, against ninth-seeded Kansas State.

Notre Dame had a seven-game losing streak while preseason All-American Bonzie Colson was out injured and couldn't do enough by the time he returned.

The Hilltoppers wait to see if they will get to play another game this season. Their only losses have come to in-state rivals: West Virginia and Virginia Tech.

It's a one-and-done format that often isn't fair and has proven to not be the best evaluator of how good or bad a coach is.

The FBI corruption investigation into the sport led to an assistant coach being criminally charged and ultimately fired, and raised questions about coach Sean Miller's job security.

"It's playing Virginia on the last day".

A trio of Tigers earned All-ACC postseason accolades when the regular season concluded.

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