Tournament Tweeting: ACC Semifinals Recap and Championship Preview

Semifinals Recap

#1 North Carolina 78, #4 Notre Dame 47
The Tar Heels used a 24-0 run over the closing minutes of the first half and the opening minutes of the second half to turn what had been a close game into an absolute blowout of the Irish, and the biggest semifinal blowout in ACC Tournament history.  North Carolina’s Marcus Paige led all scorers with 16 points, and was one of five Tar Heels to score in double figures.  Isaiah Hicks came off the North Carolina bench for a double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds.  Bonzie Colson led Notre Dame with 15.  The Tar Heels advance to the ACC Tournament championship game for a record 34th time, and for the fifth time in the last six years, although they are looking for their first title since 2008.  Friday’s win avenged last year’s title game loss for the Heels, as that loss came to Notre Dame.


#2 Virginia 73, #3 Miami 68
Virginia wasn’t as dominant as North Carolina, but produced the same result, beating Miami by leading wire-to-wire in front of a predominantly pro-Cavalier crowd.  The Cavaliers defense forced 16 Hurricane turnovers in the game.  ACC Player of the Year Malcolm Brogdon led all players in both points and assists, scoring 24 and dishing four dimes.  London Perrantes scored 11 and Mariel Shayok scored 10 for the Cavaliers, while Ja’Quan Newton, my choice for ACC Sixth Man of the Year, scored 19 off the bench to lead Miami.  Virginia reaches the title game for the sixth time in their history, and is looking for their third title, but their second in three years.


Championship Preview

#1 North Carolina vs. #2 Virginia
9:00 pm ET, ESPN/ACC Network
Spread:  North Carolina by 2.5
Stiles on Sports ACC Ranking:  Virginia- 1st, North Carolina- 2nd
AP Poll:  Virginia- 4th, North Carolina- 7th
Regular Season:  February 27 at Virginia, Virginia 79, North Carolina 74


For what it’s worth…
My Opening Round Record:  2-0
Second Round:  3-1
Quarterfinals:  3-1
Semifinals:  2-0
Tournament Total:  10-2


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