Virginia, North Carolina governors wager beer on basketball game

It was just Virginia's third tournament championship in a league typically dominated by various powers from the Tar Heel State (North Carolina and Duke are likely to occupy two No. 2 seeds in the bracket).

Virginia's only ACC Tournament crowns came in 1976 and 2014.

They range from teams that made it into the tournament off the so-called bubble - Alabama - to one of the best teams in the country. Clemson's point total was the fewest the Cavaliers have permitted this season and one of three times they have held an opponent in the 30s.

Oh, and Auburn is the No. 4 seed after earning the top seed in the SEC Tournament.

The late basket was just Robinson's second of the game. He could have waved a white flag to signal for the TO.

Hunter coached that game from a stool on the sideline because he had torn his Achilles' tendon celebrating Georgia State's conference tournament run. Jamal Johnson led Memphis (21-13) with 17 points but went scoreless in the second half. Next up is the victor of the Houston-Central Florida game. Both are 100-45 in the conference tournament. Down 61-59, Xavian Stapleton missed a 3-pointer that would have put the Bulldogs ahead.

Peyton Aldridge sank 6 of 7 3-point attempts and scored 24 points as the third-seeded Wildcats topped the second-seeded Bonnies at Washington. They've lost one game since December 6, and that was a one-point defeat in overtime against Virginia Tech. The Bearcats will get a chance to win their first conference tournament since capturing the Conference USA crown in 2004. Kentucky and Arizona are both in the top half of the Cavaliers' draw. This comes in addition to striking out six Cardinal hitters and after pitching in all three games during the series.

UCLA's Jaylen Hands tied it at 67 on a drive with 8 seconds left in regulation and teammate Aaron Holiday's runner at the buzzer was off the mark after an Arizona turnover. "I'm comfortable and confident that our team has done enough and deserves an NIT berth for sure". He gets a couple of months, and by early February, it was obvious to everyone. UNC was led by the 2018 ACC most improved player Luke Maye, who finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds Friday night. The Tar Heels finished in a third place tie in the ACC regular season standings, lost more games than either Duke or Xavier and suffered the single most damaging loss among the three teams, a home loss to Wofford on December 20. Fellow freshman Trent added 20 points and Wendell Carter Jr., another frosh, had 14 points and nine rebounds.

The Tigers will play the 12th seeded New Mexico State Aggies on Friday, March 16 in San Diego, Calif. As is the case in most UVA wins, UNC shot only 29 percent and turned the ball over a whopping 19 times in the loss. Duke doesn't have as many high-end wins as North Carolina and the Blue Devils dropped two of three head-to-head against the Tar Heels.

Staying at home this year will be the VCU Rams, which lost in the second round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament this week.

Duke-Carolina played in last season's ACC tournament semifinals, with fifth-seeded Duke upsetting UNC, 93-83. The metropolitan area also will be represented by LIU Brooklyn, matched against Radford in the play-in round Tuesday (the victor gets Villanova), and Iona, which has the formidable task of meeting Duke.

  • Leroy Wright