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ACC Tournament: Can Virginia earn a No. 1 seed after beating Duke for the title?

Mar 16, 2014, 3:44 PM EDT

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Malcolm Brogdon scored 23 points and Joe Harris notched 13 of his 15 points after halftime as Virginia won their first ACC tournament title since 1976 with a 72-63 win over Duke.

Brogdon was the best player on the floor for much of the afternoon for the ‘Hoos, and Harris hit a massive, deflating three with just under two minutes left to push Virginia’s lead to 64-57. And the masterful defensive performance that Tony Bennett’s club put on for the first 12 minutes of the game will be a talking point as Virginia heads into the tournament, but that’s not what won them this game.

It was their work on the offensive glass.

Duke has their issues defensively, but they actually played pretty solid first-shot defense for much of the second half. It’s how they were able to overcome UVA’s hot start and work their way back into the game. But the Blue Devils allowed 11 second-chance points in the second half, eight of which came in the final nine minutes after Duke took a 45-44 lead, their first since it was 2-0.

The win caps one heckuva season that Tony Bennett was able to orchestrate, but the question now becomes whether or not the Cavaliers will be the fourth No. 1 seed when the brackets are announced. They won the ACC regular season and tournament titles and they have just two losses since the calendar changed. That’s strong, but when you put them up next to Michigan, it’s not an easy choice to make.

Michigan has five top 25 wins. Virginia now has three. The Wolverines have 10 top 50 wins. Virginia now has five. Michigan is 15-6 against the top 100. Virginia is 13-6. Granted, much of that is the result of playing in a stronger Big Ten, and the Cavs have a stronger non-conference SOS (35 vs. 83) and they don’t have a loss near as bad as Michigan getting tripped up by Charlotte, who is 149th in the RPI. But to be fair, Glenn Robinson III missed the final 30 minutes of that game with an injury and Nik Stauskas sprained his ankle in the second half.

I think it’s Michigan.

Who would you pick?

  1. skins4me - Mar 16, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Virginia Should get it IF Mich loses to Mich St.

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  2. t8ertot - Mar 16, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Looks like UVA will get it at the moment. If they don’t, they will robbed

  3. sportsfan18 - Mar 16, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Virginia just beat Duke and Michigan State just beat Michigan.

    I could very well be wrong, but I don’t think any number 1 seed has ever had 8 losses, which Michigan now has after losing today.

    Virginia is now a #1 seed and Michigan is a #2 seed. It will be interesting to see the seeds. Michigan State also has 8 losses and one more victory than Michigan. Wisconsin is the only Big team with 7 losses, all others have more. But these three teams can’t all be #2 seeds.

    I’m guessing Michigan and Wisconsin are #2 seeds and Michigan State is a #3 seed.

  4. onlyoneleft - Mar 17, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    I can’t believe that ACC refs did not steal the win from UVA. It hard to beat Duke and Carolina when you that have seven on the court.

  5. katwalk65 - Mar 18, 2014 at 4:38 AM

    Reblogged this on We have no Secrets and commented:
    Obsessed, sorry

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