BC's run in ACC tournament ends with loss to Clemson

It hasn't won an NCAA Tournament game in more than two decades. The Cardinals forced a frenetic tempo with their own defensive pressure and Virginia answered the call on the offensive end.

Kyle Guy and the top-ranked Virginia men's basketball team looked like healthy favorites in their postseason debut, beating Louisville 75-58 in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals Thursday.

For about 15 minutes of the second half of their ACC tournament game against Louisville, the Florida State Seminoles played perhaps their most inspired and sharp stretch of basketball of the season. Phil Cofer scored 12 and Mfiondu Kabengele hit for 10 points off the bench, but it wasn't almost enough to keep Florida State from facing a tense wait until Selection Sunday.

"A really good win for our guys", said Brad Brownell, whose four ACC Tournament wins are the most by a Clemson head coach. The Virginia Cavaliers have been red hot this season with 28 regular season wins, and just 2 losses. The Cavaliers beat Louisville on a three-point buzzer-beater on March 1 inside the KFC Yum!

Now the team will wait to see its fate Sunday when the committee announces teams invited to play in the NCAA Tournament. Elijah Thomas (13.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks) has been stellar for the Tigers while Ty Jerome (14.2 points and 3.6 assists) has made solid contributions to the Cavaliers.

His hot streak has coincided with an encouraging surge from Savoy, the 3-point specialist who after missing seven games with an injury has connected on almost 40 percent (17-43) of his deep shots.

Virginia (29-2) suffocated Clemson 61-36 in Charlottesville back in late January, easily the Tigers' worst game of the season. Grantham leads in rebounds with 6.9 while Mitchell tops in assists with 3.7. Twice in the first eight minutes, Louisville fouled 3-point shooters. Over the next 3:08, the Tigers went on a 15-4 run to gain its first lead of the game at 18-16.

Simms says, "Every game, they tell me to rebound, play hard, play smart, and aggressive, so anytime I'm going into the game, I tell myself that repeatedly, and always be ready and confident".

"They're a heck of a team, and we kew that walking into it, ti was going to be a battle", Hall said. But the sophomore guard, a first-team All-ACC selection, started against the Cardinals as expected and wore a large, black brace on his knee. Louisville finished the regular season losing four out of their final five games.

The Cavaliers will be looking for their third championship game appearance since 2014.

"There's a reason they're the No. 1 team in the country, and it was evident tonight", Padgett said.

  • Julie Sanders