Brady Manek outscored Virginia in the first half on the fashion to 21 points and No. 25 North Carolina cruised into the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinals with a 63-43 victory Thursday night.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Coming off its best game of the season, and ane of the biggest regular-season victories in plan history, No. 25 N Carolina showed no signs of a Knuckles hangover at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.
Brady Manek outscored Virginia in the first half on the way to 21 points and the Tar Heels cruised into the semifinals with a 63-43 victory Thursday night.
The third-seeded Tar Heels (24-8) will confront seventh-seeded Virginia Tech (xix-13) on Friday nighttime in Barclays Heart, having won 12 of 14.
Five days agone, the Tar Heels completed their regular flavour past spoiling Duke jitney Mike Krzyzewski’s Cameron Indoor Stadium cheerio. Information technology was hands the best operation of the season for a team that had been inconsistent and unable to come upward big against the best opponents.
“That’s something we have talked about all season, validating a adept operation. Validating who were are every bit a team,” North Carolina passenger vehicle Hubert Davis said. “Let’s validate the win we had this past Sabbatum by playing extremely well today.”
North Carolina held Virginia to a flavour-low for points and the fewest points the program has immune in the ACC Tournament in the shot-clock era.
Davis, the former Tar Heels star who is in his first season every bit a caput coach, put half-dozen-human foot-8 Leaky Black on Virginia’southward 5-10 point guard Kihei Clark and it made information technology tough for the Cavaliers to get into their crime.
“I felt like our physicality from the beginning and intensity really just took them out of their flow. They’re like a rhythm team, just the law-breaking they run. So I feel our physicality with them actually made them struggle,” Blackness said.
The sixth-seeded Cavaliers leave Brooklyn with some other ignominious record: Their xiii points in the get-go half were the fewest in the first one-half of any ACC Tournament game in the shot-clock era.
Jayden Gardner was the only Cavalier in double digits with 17 points.
Virginia went 5 for 27 from the field in the start one-half, its concluding saucepan coming on a putback dunk by Kadin Shedrick with 6:15 left.
Manek scored xix in the half on his own, finishing it off with a douse in the final seconds to put the Tar Heels up 33-13 at the interruption.
“Credit to Carolina, how hard they played and how difficult they guarded us,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. “And Manek’s kickoff one-half was special.”
Manek said he didn’t realize he had outscored the Cavaliers, “merely now that you say it, it sounds about right.”
According to Due north Carolina, information technology was the first fourth dimension ane of its players outscored an opponent in a first half since Reggie Bullock edged Maryland 21-20 in 2013. It was also the fewest points the Tar Heels allowed in a first half since 12 to Due east Tennessee State on Dec. 8, 2012.
Armando Bacot had xi points and x rebounds to fix North Carolina’s single-flavor record for double-doubles with 24, breaking a tie Brice Johnson (2015-16).
Virginia: A night afterward the Cavaliers beat Louisville 51-50 while going 0 for 8 from three-point range, they went 3 for 11 from distance against the Tar Heels. Reece Beekman fabricated Virginia’southward first iii-point attempt of the game at 15:22 of the first half.
North Carolina: The Tar Heels trounce the Cavaliers for the second fourth dimension this year. Virginia had won 7 straight against UNC coming into the season.
Virginia: An NIT bid likely awaits the Cavaliers, snapping a seven-year run of NCAA Tournament appearances — non including the 2020 canceled tournament.
“Nosotros improved as the season went on and it didn’t look like it tonight,” Bennett said.
North Carolina: The Tar Heels, making their seventh ACC semifinal advent in eight years, swept Virginia Tech in the regular season.
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