Three takeaways from Virginia's ACC Tournament victory

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The Cavaliers' 31-2 win-loss record is the best mark in men's Division I play.

On Saturday night, Virginia was the champion.

They led for 39 minutes, 6 seconds, dictating the flow and forcing North Carolina to play at their preferred pace. Virginia has been one of college basketball's best teams this season, and this win nearly surely cements their spot as a 1-seed in the tournament. That's quite a climb for a team that started the year picked to finish 13th in the SEC.

They've already taken two of three from rival Duke and won single games against Michigan, Tennessee, Ohio State and Clemson. "Anytime you step on the basketball court, who doesn't want to win?".

On the season, Virginia basketball averages 67.3 points, 32.6 rebounds and 13.6 assists per game.

The Cavaliers dominated the ACC with efficiency, tenacity and teamwork. The Cavaliers were a one seed when they lost in the Final Four to North Carolina in 1981.

"I felt really good in practice", Guy said after the team's 75-58 victory over Louisville.

"We stand and get back and build a wall, and that was key for us", Hall said.

"I mean, I had a couple of open looks", he said.

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"There's nobody that has more respect and admiration for the way another coach coaches than what I feel for Tony Bennett", he said Friday after beating Duke in the semifinals.

After eliminating Syracuse from the ACC tournament, and perhaps keeping them from making the NCAA tournament, Williams commented on how his Tar Heels were able to anticipate what the Orange wanted to do so easily. The junior forward has done just that-Maye has become a Wooden Award Finalist and leads the ACC in both total rebounds and 3-point percentage. The Cavaliers aren't the greatest scoring team so they thrive on teams failing to get the ball in the bucket.

Virginia beat the Tar Heels by 12 points back in January.

The Cavs had four players in double figures and shot over 50% from the three-point line in the impressive victory. And though there are 68 teams in the field, Virginia will first focus on a team from a small school in Baltimore.

The Tar Heels (25-10) open Friday in the West Region against 15-seed Lipscomb in Charlotte. They handled a North Carolina team that was playing its fourth game in as many nights, but offered a good fight before fading near the end. "I've been freezing my butt off up here".

Virginia: In nine seasons in Charlottesville, Bennett has built one of the most successful programs in the country on a foundation of slow-paced but precise offense and sound and suffocating defense.

Given the widespread nature of this corruption, there's at least a chance that whoever cuts down the nets in San Antonio could eventually suffer the same fate as the Cardinals. An Elite Eight run in 2016 is Virginia's best tournament showing.

"We definitely wanted to run a few seconds faster and qualify for nationals, but it's an honor to be a part of an effort like that and come so close", Dodge said.

She earned her 15th individual title in the 800 meters at the 3A state championships in the spring of her senior year to break a tie with Wilson Fike's Sabrina Thompson who won her 14 titles in sprints and relays in the mid-1990s. Maybe even as soon as 2022, when the arena is free and the ACC has no plans booked.

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