Selection Sunday: Duke gets top billing; NC, Virginia, Zags also 1s

Elena Summers
March 19, 2019

Jones has taken a leap here as the Blue Devils role into the tournament, making Duke even more risky as a national championship contender.

After freshman RJ Barrett missed two free throws with 12.4 seconds left, UNC pushed downcourt for a final possession.

And the Tar Heels used it to maintain a comfortable lead before finally putting Louisville away by scoring 11 unanswered points for a 79-61 advantage with 4:54 left.

The Seminoles flourished in the first 10 minutes but then watched the Virginia Tech Hokies steadily reel them in. Here are some takeaways.

"You guys need to be interviewing him, not me", Guy said to reporters after the game in U.Va.'s locker room. The Tar Heels are the Blue Devils match in this peripheral. Williamson added one of his signature dunks off a jumped pass, and that was just a bit part of his all-around stellar performance.

No. 14 Georgia State: The Panthers face off against No. 3 Houston, and will be hard to defend.

The Atlantic Coast Conference had three No. 1 seeds - Duke, Virginia and North Carolina - for the first time, the AP said.

This all means Zion Williamson, a Spartanburg native and college basketball's biggest star, is returning home for his Big Dance debut.

The Achilles heel for this Duke roster all season has been their lack of depth.


With the win, the Seminoles will play in the ACC Tournament final on Saturday night.

The Blue Devils also got sparks from spot-duty reserves like Jordan Goldwire and Antonio Vrankovic, with Goldwire playing more than 27 minutes to provide energy and defensive help when Johnson got hot early. Duke will make its 33rd ACC title game appearance, the second-most in conference history (North Carolina, 35)... Goldwire put Duke ahead 72-71 with a layup, closing out a quick Duke 5-0 run to take the lead towards the end of the second half. The Blue Devils took a 46-39 advantage with 16:29 remaining-then their largest of the night.

Williamson is the nation's only player averaging 20.0+ points and shooting.650+ from the field.

No. 8 TENNESSEE 82, No. 4 KENTUCKY 78: At Nashville, Tennessee, Lamonte' Turner ended a shooting slump by sinking a go-ahead 3-pointer with 30 seconds left as the Volunteers rallied in a Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinal thriller. It's fair to wonder if fatigue would be an issue in the postseason for Zion after missing almost a month of game action, but there was no limitations on his playing time and little visible evidence of a drop-off in production.

"When you play a team that has a game under their belt you have to be really ready so I'm not sure, I know we challenged our guys to be as ready as we could with that in our first game but NC State did a good job".

But Florida State stunned the No 1 seed Virginia earlier on Saturday night with a 10-point victory to reach their first ACC final since 2012.

"This is a high year for us", Stanford athletic director Bernard Muir, the chairman of the NCAA Division I basketball committee, said during CBS' Selection Sunday show. Duke has beaten Virginia twice, Virginia has beaten North Carolina in their only matchup of the season, and North Carolina has beaten Duke two out of three times.

In addition to White, Maye also finished with 19 points while leading the team with nine rebounds.

Duke and North Carolina fans receive a third meeting between ACC rivals this season with a league postseason semifinals event in Charlotte tonight.

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