Tony Bennett, Virginia Players Post-UNC Quotes & Video
Tony Bennett: "Congratulations to North Carolina. They really battled. Both teams played very hard obviously, but they made it hard for us. It was a heck of an atmosphere. Our guys didn't die. They kept hanging in there, gave ourselves chances. Obviously we didn't shoot it as well. Two teams playing their hearts out. Carolina deserved it."
Tar Heels Are ACC Champions: UNC 61 Virginia 57
UNC fought tooth and nail with Virginia putting on a defensive clinic before dropping the hammer late in the second half to secure UNC's 18th ACC Championship 61-57. It was everything you thought it would be with two elite teams slugging it out in a heavyweight fight for the ACC crown. Joel Berry led UNC with 19 points going 3-3 from three and 6-6 at the line. (Tar Heel Blog
Video: Tar Heels Win ACC Tournament Championship vs. Virginia - Highlights
North Carolina emerged with a hard-fought 61-57 win over Virginia in the ACC Tournament championship game on March 12, 2016.
Takeaways from North Carolina's gritty win against Virginia in ACC final
North Carolina won at UVA’s game. When Virginia wins, it often does it with defense. North Carolina on the other hand, has the 10th-best scoring offense and was averaging 82.9 ppg heading into this matchup. For a while, it looked like UNC would be frustrated by UVA’s defensive tactics. But in the second half, the Tar Heels took charge. (USA Today
Video: Marcus Paige Comes Up Clutch in ACC Championship Game
Marcus Paige carried the Tar Heels when they needed it most, hitting big shots left and right on his way to 13 points to go along with a pair of assists and a couple of steals in the ACC Championship game against Virginia on March 12, 2016.
Thanks to its defense, UNC tops Virginia 61-57 for ACC title
No. 7 North Carolina held No. 4 Virginia without a field goal for more than 8 minutes in the second half, and Joel Berry II scored 19 points Saturday night, giving the Tar Heels a 61-57 victory for their first ACC Tournament title since 2008. Marcus Paige added 13 points for North Carolina (28-6), which won its 18th league championship. (Associated Press
Box Score: North Carolina 61, Virginia 57
View the complete box score from North Carolina's 61-57 ACC Tournament Championship victory over the Virginia Cavaliers. (View Box Score
Virginia, UNC will face off in a heavyweight clash for the ACC title
Virginia will have to earn all of those rewards. Verizon Center will host two of the country’s best teams playing for high stakes Saturday night at 9 p.m. Virginia will try to grind North Carolina with patience and precision. North Carolina will try to overwhelm Virginia with pace and interior muscle. The winner will snip a net and get an inside track in the bracket. (Washington Post
Tar Heels, Cavs take center stage in ACC final
As moments go, it was small, fleeting and didn’t change anything. And yet it was a moment that says March is indeed here. That everything means more. That the finals of the ACC tournament are here. North Carolina’s Justin Jackson drove to the hoop and scored on a twisting, off-balance layup. He crashed to the floor, his Tar Heels ahead 72-41. (Greensboro News & Record
Tar Heels remember past failures, try to complete ACC tourney task
Reaching the championship game of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament hasn’t been a problem for North Carolina. The seventh-ranked Tar Heels will play in their fifth tournament final during the last six years tonight against fourth-ranked Virginia. Finishing with a title and cutting down the nets has been the issue, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished by North Carolina since 2008. (Burlington Times-News
Video: Tar Heels Win Inaugural ACC Tournament Managers Championship Game
The Tar Heels have at least one ACC Tournament championship win as the squad took home the inaugural Managers Championship title 68-62 against Virginia.
Tar Heels aim to shake off rough recent history in ACC tournament final
North Carolina will be in familiar territory when it faces Virginia in tonight’s ACC tournament title game. But the thing is, so will the Cavaliers. With fans of the both teams being the most dominant voices in the Verizon Center this week, this was the matchup the event deserved. Both teams spent most of the season ranked in the top 10. (Fayetteville Observer
‘Paige of old’ makes UNC a much more dangerous team
Marcus Paige was asked about his shooting again Friday, a topic that has become a staple of the senior co-captain’s postgame media sessions over the past couple of months. Only this time he didn’t mind answering the questions. Because instead of having to analyze what’s wrong with his once-pure stroke, as he was asked to do by a gaggle of national reporters only a day earlier, Paige was finally able to talk about what it’s like to see the ball go through the basket again. (Wilmington Star News
Heels quiet talk of soft schedule
He wasn’t pleading to win one for the Gipper, but Roy Williams’ multiple messages were hammered home as if powered by plutonium. One day after North Carolina’s coach defended — no, one day after Williams was offended by the notion that UNC had a soft conference schedule — his team promptly went out and devastated the No. 4 seed in the ACC tournament. (Winston-Salem Journal
North Carolina and Virginia on the right trajectory
These Tar Heels are the Tar Heels everyone expected to see 119 days ago, back when UNC started the year as the No. 1 team in the nation, before a head-scratching loss to Northern Iowa not kicked off a season’s worth of questions about their heart, toughness and ability to live up to the ridiculous wealth of talent assembled on one roster. (ESPN.com