No. 1 men's basketball beats North Carolina to win ACC Tournament Championship

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With the best defensive team in the country on the horizon, North Carolina will certainly need to shoot the ball better than they did in their first matchup with Virginia, and better than they did Friday night in a 74-69 win over the Blue Devils. "There's nobody that has more respect and admiration for the way another coach coaches than what I feel for Tony Bennett". But even though the Cavaliers were unranked in the preseason Top 25, Anderson saw something in them that separated them from the teams he played on from 2013 to 2015. "They run things a little bit different".

"This was a good tournament for us and we'll learn from this game", Pinson said.

1 Virginia completed one of the most successful seasons in the storied history of Atlantic Coast Conference basketball, beating No. 12 North Carolina 71-63 in the tournament championship game Saturday night to finish 20-1 against league competition.

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But you wouldn't have been able to tell all week. And the Cavaliers have usually disappointed.

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.

"This was one of our goals coming into the year, too", sophomore guard Ty Jerome said.

"You fight like you're not supposed to win or nobody expects you to win", he explained. "Brand new season. So you have to reset your mind and go from there".

Meanwhile, after a shaky start, Wilkins ignited a defense that limited North Carolina to 38.5 percent shooting in the second half. The Tar Heels shot 10-for-25 from 3-point range and turned it over only nine times.

The Cavaliers did it with no surefire National Basketball Association lottery picks and a shutdown defense that led the nation with the fewest points allowed per game.

None of it fazed the Cavaliers.

Cameron Comer played a hand in two of the three Cavalier runs.

Virginia heads back to Charlottesville to await its seeding in the NCAA tournament, all but assured of the No. 1 overall seed when the field of 68 is announced Sunday. They went 17-1 in the regular season, the one loss by one point in overtime to Virginia Tech, and finished first by four games.

At the ACC tournament, Virginia also showed some offensive potency, a scary sign for its opponents next week.

The Cavaliers (31-2) set a program record for victories and won for the 20th time in 21 games this season versus ACC opposition. They boast a capable offense and an intimidating defense that has held 12 teams this season to 50 or fewer points.

Defending national champion North Carolina is a strong candidate for a No. 2 seed, and that's where Kerry Miller of Bleacher Report projects the Tar Heels at this time.

The current first- and second-round sites are Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Witchita, Kan., Dallas, Boise, Id., Detroit, Nashville and San Diego.

"We've always felt like we're not just one guy, not just two guys". Virginia just seems to be more comfortable scoring. "We're not trying to outdo ourselves; we just know how good we are". But they're really tough-minded.

"What we do works".

Deandre Ayton had 32 points and 18 rebounds, and the top-seeded Wildcats beat the Trojans to win the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas.

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