NCAA Tournament: North Carolina earns bid, set to defend title

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

Jalen Brunson had 31 points, six rebounds and four assists and Mikal Bridges added 25 points as Wildcats won the Big East tournament with an overtime win over the Friars in NY. State matchup in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Xavier is the top seed in the West, but a possible national championship game rematch with Gonzaga, the No. 4 seed, is a realistic Elite Eight possibility.

Georgia State and coach Ron Hunter are back in the NCAA tournament as Sun Belt Conference champions.

"We have some bigger goals in front of us", Williams said. The Tar Heels, seeded second in the West Regional, will play Lipscomb in the first round.

Maryland in 2002 was the most recent team to lose only one ACC game. But the Friars ran out of gas in OT.

ORLANDO, Fla. - Galen Robinson scored 18 points, Rob Gray had 17 points, six assists and five rebounds, and Houston beat UCF in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

In 2016, he scored 20 points with four 3-pointers in the title-game loss to Villanova despite suffering a left-foot injury that had him on crutches and wearing a boot when he returned to campus the next day.


The Hilltoppers, with 10 wins against teams who have won at least 20 games, missed a chance to get back to first NCAA Tournament since 2013.

Marshall became the 11th different school to win the C-USA Championship title game in the league's 23 years.

"To win a regular season ACC, that's the long haul", Bennett said.

The tournament will run from March 13-April 2nd.

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 third-seeded Cougars will face 11th-ranked and second-seeded Wichita State on Saturday in the semifinal round.

UVa's defense forced 19 Tar Heel turnovers, which led to 25 Virginia points.


The University of North Carolina Tar Heels cut down the nets at last year's NCAA tournament, adding yet another title to the program's prestigious history. The 4-point half-time deficit slightly flattered the Tar Heels, who scored the last 6 points of the first half. But Davidson's only hope was to win the conference tournament - and Stephen Curry's alma mater did just that.

No. 9 KANSAS 83, KANSAS STATE 67:Malik Newman poured in 22 points, Silvio De Sousa filled in for ailing big man Udoka Azubuike and Kansas beat shorthanded Kansas State to reach the Big 12 tournament title game in Kansas City, Missouri.

Guy, who leads Virginia at 14.1 points per game, was confident that he would be himself on the floor over the duration of the postseason.

Junior forward Luke Maye led three Tar Heels in double figures with 20 points.

The Shockers (25-6) also got a strong performance from their reserves, including 13 points from Austin Reaves. He's won 47 NCAA Tournament games, a total that ties John Wooden for seventh on the all-time list.

Davidson nearly certainly wouldn't have gotten an at-large bid, but it got into the field by upsetting Rhode Island in the A-10 final.

UNC, playing in its record 35th ACC championship game, never got closer than five again as Virginia closed it out from the foul line. The Retrievers are the 16th seed. Saint Joseph's appeared poised to deliver another upset while trying to extend its season, building an 11-point lead early in the second half.


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