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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.
UNC-UVa: Roy Williams Postgame Quotes
Roy Williams: "We feel fortunate and lucky, happy, everything to be here. We made some big plays down the stretch. Made six of our last seven free throws. I think that was big. The little fella beside me (Justin Jackson) was a big time player for us today; there was no question about that. Four out of five from three, and the only one he missed was in the first half."
Turner's Take: Confidence
Just a few weeks ago against NC State, Marcus Paige rose for what would have been a game-changing three-pointer. Instead, he hesitated and in mid-air looked for a cutting teammate. A Wolfpack steal and basket on the other end short-circuited the Tar Heel momentum. But here, Paige did not hesitate. Finally, healthy, he has the confidence to make plays like he did Friday.
UNC's Franklin 'Rusty' Clark enjoys ACC Legend status
Franklin "Rusty" Clark said he used to go to the ACC tournament often when his kids were growing up. Recently, however, his appearances haven't been as frequent. On Friday night, when the former North Carolina center was honored as an ACC Legend, he got a taste of how much the league has changed. "Some of these teams weren't even in the conference when I played," Clark said.
Five observations: North Carolina beats Virginia in ACC semifinal
The North Carolina Tar Heels held off the Virginia Cavaliers for a 71-67 victory in the ACC tournament semifinals. The Heels advanced to the title game for the fourth time in the past five years and await the Duke-Notre Dame winner. UNC freshman Justin Jackson is ready for the postseason. Ever since a poor performance in the Heels' loss at Duke, Jackson has been consistently good.
Video: UNC-Virginia Game Highlights
Carolina led wire-to-wire and Justin Jackson scored a career-high 22 points as the Tar Heels beat Virginia, 71-67, to advance to the ACC Tournament final on March 13th, 2015.
No. 19 North Carolina holds off No. 3 Virginia 71-67 in ACCs
Marcus Paige hit two free throws with 3.9 seconds left to help No. 19 North Carolina top No. 3 Virginia 71-67 on Friday night in the ACC tournament semifinals. Paige also hit a huge shot to beat the clock in the final minute, helping the fifth-seeded Tar Heels hold off the tournament's top seed and reigning champion in a tense finish. Freshman Justin Jackson scored a season-high 22 points to lead the Tar Heels.
Video: Marcus Paige Hits the Dagger vs. Virginia
With the Tar Heels in need of a bucket, Marcus Paige fakes his defender off his feet and drains the leaner against Virginia in the semi-finals of the ACC Tournament on March 13th, 2015.
Video: J.P. Tokoto Breakaway Dunk vs. Virginia
Marcus Paige strips the Virginia player and pitches it ahead to J.P. Tokoto for the uncontested dunk on the break against Virginia in the ACC Tournament on March 13th, 2015.
Box Score: North Carolina 71, Virginia 67
View the complete box score from North Carolina's 71-67 win over the Virginia Cavaliers in the ACC Tournament semifinals in Greensboro, NC:
A walk down ACC memory lane with Dean Smith, Jim Valvano, and Mike Krzyzewski (video)
It's a sports-themed 1980s promo from WRAL-TV of Raleigh in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Come for the bad hair and Lee Greenwood wearing short shorts, an N.C. State satin jacket, Duke hat and North Carolina T-shirt that spells Tar Heels as one word. Stay for the Jim Valvano, Mike Krzyzewski and Dean Smith finale _ which looks like the intro for a promising wacky-coaching-neighbor sitcom.
Art’s Angle: In The Zone
The absolutely coolest thing occurred at halftime of the UNC-Louisville game when the Coliseum showed a tribute to Dean Smith that most UNC fans have already seen. The building was dead silent while everyone watched, and fans wearing shirts other than Carolina blue were mesmerized by the video. The Tar Heels take on Virginia in the first semifinal, a team that has no more talent but far more smarts.
ACC Tournament Preview: (5) North Carolina vs. (1) Virginia
So, how does UNC beat Virginia this time around? The Tar Heels have to push the tempo at any possible point. Virginia excels at playing a half-court style and draining the shot clock on each possession, and if the Tar Heels fall into that trap, expect an ugly game. As soon as a Tar Heel defender grabs a rebound, he has to make the long pass or find a guard to bring it up as quickly as possible.
ACC's Friday the 13th subplots
After two games in two days, Roy Williams might be running short on clean sport/suit coats. He almost tossed one into the expensive seats Thursday. Of more importance, obviously, is the condition of Carolina’s legs after the Wednesday/Thursday grind. Marcus Paige was on the court for 36 minutes against the Cardinals and 35 minutes in Wednesday’s win over Boston College.