Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Six teams from North Carolina heading to "Big Dance"

Six teams from North Carolina heading to

The Cavaliers (31-2) set a program record for victories and won for the 20th time in 21 games this season versus ACC opposition.

Theo Pinson of the Tar Heels told reporters after Saturday's game that losing to the Cavaliers, the top-ranked team in the country, is something they can build on heading into the NCAA Tournament.

Not bad for a bunch that started the season unranked and was picked to finish sixth in the ACC.

All season the Tar Heels have been basically auditioning different members for a consistent third scorer behind Luke Maye and Joel Berry II.

This is the Eagles' second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. Villanova, Kansas and Xavier joined Virginia as No. 1 seeds, but they, along with the other 64 contenders, will play against the backdrop of an investigation-riddled season in which bribes and payoffs made bigger headlines than 3s and layups.

Miami's Anthony Lawrence played only 10 minutes of the first half after he appeared to tweak his ankle.

Defense is one of, if not, UVA's biggest strength and ranks among the best in college basketball by not allowing a single opponent score more than 70 points. The team made the NIT one time, back in 2006. But the Friars ran out of gas in OT.

The Tigers are led in scoring by Reed with a 15.9 average. Even though the game was in Brooklyn this time and not in Virginia's home court, the Cavaliers still controlled the game, leading for 36:45 of the 40 minutes of the game.

The March Madness field was announced on Selection Sunday for the 2018 NCAA basketball tournament. Once signed up, you can watch the game live on your computer via the DirecTV Now website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the DirecTV Now app. Cam Johnson seems to get a lot of three-pointers off of that.

The top challenger is Cincinnati (30-4), which got less than an hour to celebrate Sunday's win against Houston in the American Athletic Conference Tournament championship in Orlando before learning its NCAA path.

The Wildcats scored five seconds into the game and used near-perfect execution on a 16-0 run before Butler coach LaVall Jordan finally called a timeout at the 15:37 mark.

With the Cougars trailing 74-73, Gray intercepted a pass near midcourt and drove to the basket, handing off to Galen Robinson for a layup with 1:27 remaining. The Bearcats will get a chance to win their first conference tournament since capturing the Conference USA crown in 2004.

Despite being the last seed in their region, UMBC avoided the terrible First Four play-in game on Tuesday featuring a pair of No. 16 seeds.

Virginia shot only 37 percent in the first half and were 4 of 17 from inside the 3-point arc.

Guy was named the tournament MVP, as he scored 16.7 points per game over three contests.

Ayton put on a show along The Strip, bouncing back from a nervous Pac-12 opener with two dominating games. Simply, he looked great, hitting his first three 3s and finishing with 19 points and seven rebounds in Virginia's quarterfinal game over Louisville. UCLA (21-11) matched Arizona almost shot for shot, tying the game with about 5 minutes to go.

Arizona was twice entangled in a federal investigation into shady recruiting practices.

No. 25 RHODE ISLAND 76, VCU 67:Jeff Dowtin scored 18 points and top-seeded Rhode Island (24-6) survived a challenge in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals in Washington.

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