No. 1 Virginia leads nine from ACC into Big Dance

Leslie Hanson
March 12, 2018

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. Overall, it's the sixth time in school history that the Cavaliers have been among the top four seeds in the tournament.

Jalen Brunson had 31 points, six rebounds and four assists and Mikal Bridges added 25 points as Wildcats won the Big East tournament with an overtime win over the Friars in NY. He continued his sharpshooting with a pair of 3-pointers, and 12 of his points came in the second half.

The Cavaliers proved themselves deserving of their ranking as they jumped out to an early lead and eventually ground UNC down.

Penn won the Ivy League to earn an automatic bid Sunday, and so did Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference.

Yet the fourth-seeded Wildcats (27-7) went on to win the Pac-12 regular-season and tournament titles, and open NCAA play against 13-seed Buffalo (26-8) on Thursday in Boise, Idaho.

Daxter Miles Jr. and Jevon Carter were again instrumental for West Virginia (24-10).

Ajdin Penava added 16 points and nine rebounds for Marshall, which went into the tournament as the No. 4 seed.

For the first time in 31 years, Marshall will be watching on Selection Sunday knowing it's in the NCAA Tournament and waiting to see who will be its first-round opponent. Luke Maye, who had an unexpected star turn in last year's title run, is actually the team leader in scoring with 17.2 points per game, and is averaging a double-double with 10.1 rebounds per game. "Your team's kind of tested a little bit, got your backs against the wall, we're scuffling a little bit, and down 0-2 on the road to a great team, I just thought that was a great response by our club".

No. 1 Virginia leads nine from ACC into Big Dance
No. 1 Virginia leads nine from ACC into Big Dance

Ryan Odom, who is in his second season leading the Retrievers, grew up in Charlottesville when his father, Dave Odom, was an assistant coach at UVa from 1982-89.

NC State looks for an 8 to 10 seed after finishing fifth in the ACC during the regular season under first-year coach Kevin Keatts. Daryl Macon led Arkansas (23-11) with 19 points.

Virginia's 71 points were its third highest point total since January 3.

Dodge has been named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll on three occasions and last season was both a Tar Heel Scholar-Athlete and member of the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team. The Bearcats will get a chance to win their first conference tournament since capturing the Conference USA crown in 2004. After building a 9-point lead in the first 11 minutes, Rhode Island held a 36-33 edge at the break.

The third-seeded Cougars will face 11th-ranked and second-seeded Wichita State on Saturday in the semifinal round.

The late basket was just Robinson's second of the game.

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Without Guy, Virginia would ask a lot more from De'Andre Hunter and Nigel Johnson - two players who are presently best used coming off the bench and thriving in shorter rotations.

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