FINAL: N.C. STATE 75, VIRGINIA 56 The Cavs get used on both sides of the floor in a damaging quarterfinal loss. Here’s Doug’s game story. I wrote about the Cavs forfeiting their right to gripe on Selection Sunday. If I see it posted, I’ll link it.
Here’s what coach Tony Bennett said when asked about the NCAA tournament: “What will be, will be. We have some quality wins, we have some bad losses and who knows what will happen. I’m sure people won’t give us much of a chance, the Committee will make their decision, this would have helped and I thought we had the right mind set going in, we prepared hard and knew the keys but if you’re off against an offensive team like this you won’t have much of a chance and we have a ﬁne line.”
Jontel Evans was more succinct: “Honestly, if we play like this, we don’t deserve to get in.”
N.C. State will face Miami in Friday’s quarterfinals. Tonight’s games feature Duke-Maryland and North Carolina-FSU. Both are on WDBJ.
HALFTIME: N.C. STATE 30, VIRGINIA 21: The Cavaliers are in trouble after a half in which they shot 32 percent and made only 1 of 10 3-point attempts. Harris leads Virginia with nine points but is 1-for-5 on 3s and has three turnovers.
The Cavs have quieted Richard Howell, who had a big game against the Hokies yesterday, but T.J. Warren has 10 points and C.J. Leslie has nine. UVa has been outrebounded 20-14.
MIAMI 69, BC 58: Game effort by the Eagles, who ultimately run out of gas. Seeds continue to hold in the ACC tourney. Top-seeded Hurricanes, led by 20 points from Shane Larkin, move on to face winner of N.C. State-Virginia. Teams are on the floor.
UVa has the longest semifinal drought in the ACC tournament. A win today would get Cavs to semis for first time since 1995. Meanwhile, Miami leads BC 48-47 with 8:11 to go. The crowd — mostly N.C. State and Virginia fans — is pulling for the dog.
Upset in the making? BC leads Miami 39-35 with 15:53 left. Virginia is a one-point underdog in the 2:30 matchup with the Wolfpack.
Another full day of hoops on tap today here in Greensboro. Here’s Berman’s story on yesterday’s Tech-N.C. State game. Here’s my column on the challenges facing the Hokies after a 13-19 season. And here’s Doughty’s story on Jontel Evans, whose Virginia team meets N.C. State at 2:30.
First up: Miami-Boston College, where Olivier Hanlan will look for an encore to his 41-point effort yesterday.
Your night games are Duke-Maryland and North Carolina-Florida State.
Berman drove home last night after the Hokies loss. He stopped to eat somewhere along the way — and the Prius suddenly would lock. Starting to think that car was messing with us yesterday morning.
Would have posted earlier, but the classy hotel Doughty and I stayed at had no wireless internet. This despite the hotel’s website proudly proclaiming: Business travelers will surely appreciate modern conveniences like free wireless high-speed Internet access in all rooms… Oh, yes. They would.
Meant to take a picture of the “Exotic Car Wash” next to the hotel but forgot. There is also a nudie bar next door that advertises a breakfast buffet. It is not named “Bacon ‘n’ Legs,” but if I owned it, it would be. Enjoy the hoops today!