He's in the Basketball Hall of Fame. The defense is also a very solid No. 34 in the country. Pittsburgh was.well, much better than current Pittsburgh. North Carolina will be a pretty tough out in this bracket; few teams are more experienced.
North Carolina State Wolfpack guard Torin Dorn (2) dunks the ball in the second half against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. And so the Cavaliers have made a decision to do something about it. It was a frightful moment in America's recent history and a reminder of how far we still have to go as a nation. Some have been more lasting than others. The one loss was a 1-point decision in overtime to its in-state rival, Virginia Tech. North Carolina has managed to topple nine teams in the RPI top 50, and has only fallen to two teams outside of that group in N.C. State and Wofford.
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.
"I wouldn't say pressure is the word", leading scorer Kyle Guy said after Saturday night's win against North Carolina in the ACC Tournament title game. The last team not named North Carolina or Duke to do that was Wake Forest in 1995-96, led by a soon-to-be NBA Hall of Famer in Tim Duncan.
Marshall became the 11th different school to win the C-USA Championship title game in the league's 23 years. And they never lost.More news: Teen killed, woman injured in Austin package bomb explosion
Over the last five years, Virginia has boasted talented teams with impressive regular-season records.
It's a one-and-done format that often isn't fair and has proven to not be the best evaluator of how good or bad a coach is. "Those are the tangible things everybody judges you on", Bennett said. Both of the Player of the Year Candidates were able to get quick shots all night which is something you have to go in your favor if you want to beat Virginia.
"[We] got to celebrate with everyone afterwards", Harris said before adding, "We just went down on the court with them, hung out and watched them cut down the nets". "That's what we have to do when we step up".
■ Possible paths beyond week one: The West Regional is in Los Angeles, where UNC would face No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 Houston, No. 11 San Diego State or No. 14 Montana in the Sweet 16. "I know I've done a lot for this program and I know I've put a lot into this program". Mr. March? That guy.
They love him at UVA, but one accomplishment has eluded him: Virginia has yet to reach the Final Four since he took over.More news: Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos soiled himself during win over Eibar
Daxter Miles Jr. finished with 25 points, and Jevon Carter had 17 points and nine assists for the Mountaineers, who have lost three straight Big 12 Tournament championship games. "I felt like a couple of guys had open looks, but for the most part they're right there, right up in you, and offensively they're in the right spots and they play the game well".
If the Eagles advance, they will face No. 1 Xavier on Friday in Nashville.
And then of course, there's the knock on Virginia's style.
Throw in Tennessee (25-8), the SEC tournament runner-up, and the South is loaded with roadblocks in Virginia's path to the Final Four.
No. 16 NCCU will take on No. 16 Texas Southern at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio. "UMBC, I'm just starting to know more about them".More news: Richard Sherman reveals 'vengeful' 49ers signing
This Virginia team was already ahead of schedule, but they'll be judged by who they are now - fairly. "It's a fight you have to have inside of you or you're not going to be successful at this level". That's an impressive feat considering they allow 73.2 per game on average and did so in each of their last five games. Some of the other ones, too.
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