It was the ethos of Mike Krzyzewski's defense. That is who they've been for years and years and years. Ayton made 14 of 20 shots from the floor and all four of his free throws to lead Arizona (27-8) to its ninth Pac-12 title.
Junior forward Luke Maye says, "They're really collapsing on defense". That shot, I didn't see it. ... He doesn't get a couple of seasons to teach his guys how to defend the way that he wants them do.
"We definitely wanted to run a few seconds faster and qualify for nationals, but it's an honor to be a part of an effort like that and come so close", Dodge said. "Icing ball-screens to blacking ball-screens to switching ball-screens". One of the teams going to Nashville instead is Texas, which got the No. 10 seed in the South. If we try to play the flawless game and play as close as we can possibly play to that, then we'll have a chance to win. The next game we prepared zone more than man.
"Our coaches do a heck of a job keeping us humble", senior guard Devon Hall said. "We had a stretch where three or four teams couldn't score against us".
Auburn players tried to play it cool when the Tigers' first NCAA Tournament invite in 15 years became official. It'll more than likely be Xavier with North Carolina joining Duke, Cincinnati, and Purdue as No. 2 seeds.
North Carolina: The Tar Heels lost to Miami on a 40-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer in Chapel Hill on February 27. Tar Heels coach Roy Williams got so exasperated by his team he made a wholesale lineup change, all five starters out at once. Last year, they lost to Florida and had an 11-loss season.
Marshall won't be able to match Marshall's Shockers in terms of talent, but plays a freewheelng style under coach Dan D'Antoni that's hard to prepare for on short notice. That's a far cry from the UNC teams of yesteryear, when Tyler Hansbrough and Sean May and Kennedy Meeks turned the paint into a beefcake factory. The No. 2 seed is Duke, with Michigan State at No. 3. What Tech lacks in size they make up for in speed and will.
Let's take a dive into the numbers, shall we?
Most recently, the Tar Heels defeated UVA for the 2016 title, led by then-sophomore guard Joel Berry II - the 2016 ACC tournament MVP.
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Just when it appeared that Virginia had seized the momentum in building a 34-24 first-half lead, the Tar Heels scored the last six points of the first half to cut the deficit to 34-30.
"He got his club to do what he wanted better than I got my club to do what I wanted", the Carolina coach said.
"A lot of really good players that know how to play and play the right way - that are great defensively". As a team, Clemson is second-best in the league and 40th in the country.
Theo Pinson pinpointed the reason North Carolina had success attacking Syracuse's 2-3 zone. So that's good for us.
"The zone wasn't bad". He finished with four points and a game-high six assists.
"There's nobody that has more respect and admiration for the way another coach coaches than what I feel for Tony Bennett", he said Friday after beating Duke in the semifinals.
So there are some issues there.
This Virginia team was already ahead of schedule, but they'll be judged by who they are now - fairly. "Even though I might be bias, everyone else would agree with me based on the season they've had to this point". They still might be the favorite.
Maye hit a jumper to give North Carolina what seemed like a safe 72-56 lead.