No. 1 Virginia salts away ACC semifinal vs No. 19 Clemson

No. 1 Virginia salts away ACC semifinal vs No. 19 Clemson

North Carolina's success is due to its veteran backcourt. North Carolina tied the game with just under 20 minutes left in the period, but back-to-back scores from senior Daniela Kelly (Rumson, N.J.) and junior Angie Loynaz (Cos Cob, Conn.) gave the Cavaliers a 5-3 edge.

Odds: Check Sportsline's College Basketball pick sheet for all your daily odds. That strategy has generally worked against the Heels, as Virginia has won five of the last eight head-to-head matchups, including the lone meeting this year, which came at Chapel Hill.

Bracketville: Providence, St. Mary's, UCLA, Oklahoma, Marquette, Baylor, Louisville, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Syracuse, Southern California, Notre Dame, Alabama, LSU, Penn State, Nebraska.

The Heels took a seven-point lead after the Brooks free throws, but Duke had it to three before they let Joel Berry race the length of the floor to drop a pass off to Cam Johnson for an easy bucket.

Once the Duke-North Carolina ACC Tournament semifinal matchup was cast on Thursday night, Tar Heels coach Roy Williams was asked about how it was a rematch of the 2017 semifinal won by the Tar Heels. The Devils have won the past six and have a 13-8 advantage.

It was also big that the Blue Devils (26-7) helped the Tar Heels out considerably by getting away from what they do best.

Although they don't get talked about much on a national level, Isaiah Wilkins and Mamadi Diakite could be the X-factors for the Cavaliers on Saturday. The Duke fans who remained at Barclays had a blast watching the Tar Heels struggle. Voted most improved player in the ACC this season, Maye also committed just one turnover in 33 minutes.

Virginia's only ACC Tournament crowns came in 1976 and 2014. By the time you've got the ball back in your hands, you're nearly too exhausted to score at the other end.

North Carolina found something it could do well against Duke and stuck with it for as long as it could Friday.

It will be Berry's final conference game of his career with one more chance to add to his total. To sweeten the rivalry pot, these two teams split their regular season series with the home team victorious in each of two games.

DeCaster took over with two outs in the sixth and retired the first seven batters he faced before two UVA hitters reached in the ninth.

Defense has been Virginia's bread and butter all season long.

Tigers leading scorer Marcquise Reed, who was averaging better than 16 points, was held to six on 2-for-14 shooting by the nation's most suffocating defense. It will mark the 22nd time these two teams have squared off in the ACC Tournament. They've lost one game since December 6, and that was a one-point defeat in overtime against Virginia Tech. Shelton Mitchell led Clemson with 18 points and brought his team back within 57-51, but Virginia tightened things up in time to win. Will Virginia win an incredible 20th conference game this year or can Carolina stop that freight train and hang the 19th banner?

Wendell Carter's 14 points were two fewer than the combination provided to the Tar Heels by their less-heralded rookie big man tandem of Brooks and Sterling Manley.



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