Graduate of University of Delaware. He has coached his teams to 76 NCAA Tournament wins, second-most in history. "I think that's something that we have to do, so we don't have a really big margin for error". "He kept us in there a little bit tonight with it, but he's had a great freshman year".
Virginia's only ACC Tournament crowns came in 1976 and 2014.
But you wouldn't have been able to tell all week.
How rested the Tar Heels are heading into the big dance will be a major focal point this week.
The Cavaliers' definition of a down year now is last season, when they finished 23-11 and 11-7 in the ACC. "It's a big step", Jerome said. Improve, prepare well, play to win. "Brand new season. So you have to reset your mind and go from there".
Brissett made four of his five 3-pointers in the first half against North Carolina, including a buzzer-beater to end the half and cutting North Carolina's lead to 10 points.
Houston led by as many as nine points in the first half before the lead changed hands or was tied eight times in the final seven minutes.
None of it fazed the Cavaliers.
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The first four games in Dayton, Ohio, will be LIU-Brooklyn against Radford and St. Bonaventure against UCLA on Tuesday night, and North Carolina Central against Texas Southern and Arizona State against Syracuse on Wednesday night. Despite coming into the tournament as a No. 1 seed, the team's win over UNC - a storied basketball school - came as a surprise to some casual college hoops fans.
UNC lost a number of big-time players from last year's team, but they still play the recognizable brand of Tar Heel basketball.
At the ACC tournament, Virginia also showed some offensive potency, a scary sign for its opponents next week.
Virginia coach Tony Bennett walks off the floor with one of the nets after Virginia defeated North Carolina to win the ACC Tournament..
Jack Salt had his moments against Clemson in a semifinal. UCLA (21-11) matched Arizona almost shot for shot, tying the game with about 5 minutes to go. We couldn't make a play. "But you know, that's definitely in the back of our minds".
The Final Four is March 31 and April 2 in San Antonio.
Season recap: After the Tar Heels returned only one of their top five scorers (Joel Berry II) from their 2016-17 national championship team, it was clear that former role players like Luke Maye would need to step up. The Cavaliers will play UMBC in the first round of the tournament in Charlotte at approximately 9:20 p.m.on Friday.
"He started out slow, but he shot it well", Boeheim said.
"Our coaches do a heck of a job keeping us humble", senior guard Devon Hall said. "We just had the gap early but a very courageous effort by each of the ladies". They directed an offense that committed only four turnovers, made 9 of 17 shots from beyond the 3-point arc and 20 of 22 free throws.