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Preview & Prediction: #5 UNC vs #3 Notre Dame
The ACC Tournament so far has been about revenge games. UNC has exacted revenge for prior losses at Louisville and to Virginia at home. Duke paid NC State back from an early season loss and Notre Dame in turn paid Duke back for a 30 point Blue Devil win. UNC dropped a 71-70 decision to Notre Dame in Chapel Hill. Prediction: UNC 81, Notre Dame 72
Notre Dame-North Carolina an improbable ACC title matchup
The ACC can brag about having two teams deserving of No. 1 seeds when the NCAA tournament bracket is revealed this Sunday. The Virginia Cavaliers and Duke Blue Devils, however, will not be playing for the league’s tournament title on Saturday. That privilege belongs to the North Carolina Tar Heels, thanks to their 71-67 win over the Cavaliers, and Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who beat the Blue Devils 74-64 on Friday.
Justin Jackson, from Humble, Tex., leads UNC to ACC title game
It would be wrong to call Justin Jackson quiet. He’s certainly not the most vocal member of the UNC basketball team, but it’s hard to blame him when he lives with Joel Berry and part-time cheerleader Theo Pinson. But even after a team and career-high 22 points in UNC’s 71-67 upset of top-seeded Virginia in the semifinal of the ACC Tournament, there wasn’t a trace of gloating from the freshman.
Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Notre Dame
It has been over two months since these two teams play and in some ways the numbers are the same but also not. Notre Dame continues to be a top notch offensive team with gaudy efficiency numbers and astronomical shooting percentages. The defense for the Irish continues to be a problem though holding Duke to an offensive efficiency below 100 would seem to indicate otherwise.
Previewing Notre Dame
No. 5 seed North Carolina and No. 3 seed Notre Dame will square off for the ACC Tournament title on Saturday night. Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum and will be televised by ESPN and the ACC Network. Earlier this season, the Fighting Irish escaped Chapel Hill with a 71-70 win over the Tar Heels on Jan. 5, 2015.
Brice Johnson leaps into crowd, crushes Duke AD
CONSPIRACY THEORY: Brice Johnson knew exactly what he was doing here. He could have just stopped with one foot on the table, but caught sight of Duke AD Kevin White and decided he ought to keep going. NON-CONSPIRACY THEORY: This was an accident, the second jump was just to dissipate momentum, and I'm glad everyone's okay.
Video: Locker Room Celebration Post-Virginia
The Tar Heels celebrate the upset win against Virginia in the semifinal round of the ACC Tournament. Marcus Paige gets a surprise when he's done with his post game interview on the court.
Video: Williams, Jackson, Paige Post UVA Press Conference
Roy Williams, Justin Jackson, and Marcus Paige spoke to the media following Carolina's upset victory against top-seeded Virginia in the ACC Tournament semifinal round.
Justin Jackson Breaks Through
With Virginia’s vaunted defense harassing the North Carolina big men, Justin Jackson’s shooting took down the top-seeded Cavs, 71-67, to send the Tar Heels to the ACC Tournament final. The freshman wing led all UNC scorers with a career-high 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting. On a night where the four Tar Heel big men combined to score 25 points, Jackson gave his team a big lift.
Video: Locker Room Players Post-UVA Interviews
Joel Berry II, J.P. Tokoto, Isaiah Hicks, and Brice Johnson spoke to the media following Carolina's upset victory against top-seeded Virginia in the ACC Tournament semifinal round.
Lucas: Patience And Poise
As Joel Berry bounced the ball 30 feet from the basket with less than two minutes remaining, he heard Roy Williams’ voice in the back of his head. The real Roy Williams was standing just feet away. But the voice Berry heard was the one that’s bounced off the empty Smith Center seats during dozens of practices and in dozens of huddles in the parade of close games the Tar Heels have played this year.
UNC-Virginia Postgame Notes
Carolina has advanced to the ACC title game for the 33rd time. The Tar Heels are 17-15 in the championship game. This is the third time under Roy Williams that UNC has won three ACC Tournament games in one year – the other two times UNC won the title in 2007 and 2008. UNC has advanced to the championship game six times in 12 years with Roy Williams as head coach.
Video: Justin Jackson Highlights vs. Virginia
Freshman Justin Jackson scored a game-high 22 points (8-10 FG, 4-5 from three) to lead the Tar Heels past Virginia and into the ACC Tournament championship on March 13th, 2015.
Lifeless first half, substandard defense cost U.Va. in ACC tourney loss to UNC
North Carolina defeated Virginia 71-67 Friday in an ACC tournament semifinal dripping with late drama and replete with individual brilliance. But what the defending champion Cavaliers will most recall is a lifeless first half in which they fell behind 8-1, trailed by as many as 11 and ceded control to the Tar Heels. “We were rattled defensively and offensively,” Cavaliers forward Darion Atkins said.
Recap & Analysis: UNC 71, Virginia 67
In perhaps UNC's best effort of the season, the Tar Heels get a career high 22 points from Justin Jackson to squeeze out a 71-67 win over #1 seeded Virginia to advance to the ACC Championship game. In a matter of two days UNC has practically erased a reputation of being a team that couldn't finish by slamming the door on two very good teams.