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#1 Virginia Ready to Face #12 North Carolina in ACC Championship Game

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Kenny Thornton | 13 March, 2018, 00:55

Wichita State had two chances to regain the lead, but Austin Reaves missed a jumper and Robinson recorded his critical steal, setting up two game-clinching free throws by Robert Gray Jr.

The sixth-seeded Tar Heels (23-9) face third-seeded Miami on Thursday night in the quarterfinals at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Clemson was trying to reach the finals for only the third time. Guy has ramped up his production in year two while maintaining a 39.3 3-point percentage on 6.4 attempts per game, and is the first line of defense for arguably the nation's stingiest defensive team.

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. "(Assistant) Coach (Steve) Robinson coached that part of the game. He could have waved a white flag to signal for the TO.

Georgia State and coach Ron Hunter are back in the NCAA tournament as Sun Belt Conference champions.

LAS VEGAS - Deandre Ayton had 32 points and 18 rebounds in one of the most dominating performances in Pac-12 Tournament history, leading Arizona to its second straight title.

Joe Giglio says North Carolina got the best of both worlds on Sunday when it was announced it was the No. 2 seed in the West Region.

Wes Miller and the Spartans punched their ticket by topping East Tennesse State University in the Southern Conference Tournament. Next up is the victor of the Houston-Central Florida game. He took each school to the tournament in his first year with the program.

Duke went a mind-bending 46-2 from 1998-2000 and won two of the three ACC tournaments in that span. And they finished 9-11 against ACC competition.

Bennett, who led Virginia to its first No. 1 ranking in the AP poll since December 1982, points to his team an example of progress.

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UCLA's Jaylen Hands tied it at 67 on a drive with 8 seconds left in regulation and teammate Aaron Holiday's runner at the buzzer was off the mark after an Arizona turnover. The team made the NIT one time, back in 2006.

Jamal Johnson led Memphis with 17 points but didn't score in the second half, when the Tigers squandered a 13-point lead.

The Crimson Tide trailed 41-31 at halftime but started the second half on a 28-3 run.

The Wildcats won the American 10 Conference tournament with a 58-57 win over Rhode Island on Sunday. The Hokies will play as the East Region's No. 8 seed against No. 9 Alabama, with the victor likely moving on to face No. 1 Villanova. The 6-foot-3 senior guard played his first two seasons at Kansas State but is averaging 20.3 points for Creighton.

Last season, UNC fell to Duke in the ACC Tournament semifinals but turned around and strung together six wins to capture a national championship.

The Tar Heels were led by Luke Maye with 20 points and senior Joel Berry with 17.

The Tar Heels beat the Blue Devils on Friday night to advance to the ACC Championship Game and are 2-1 against them this season.

After coming so close past year, losing in the C-USA title game, Elmore kept hitting long 3s in the second half for the Herd (24-10).

With that, UNC moved up in the last Associated Press Top 25 poll before the tournament begins. The Hokies will open play Thursday against Alabama in Pittsburgh.

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