UNC basketball rolls to 63-43 win over Virginia, advances to ACC

Friday, March 11, 2022
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North Carolina basketball rolls to a 63-43 win over Virginia, advancing to the ACC semifinals. The Tar Heels held off UVA's comeback attempts and scored a season-high 65 points in the second half. Their first-half performance was a low point total for the ACC Tournament. The Cavaliers made only four field goals and shot just 18.5%, averaging just 0.41 points per possession. The Cavaliers committed six turnovers in the first half and had a negative rebounding percentage (-27.7%). In the second half, UNC's offense struggled. After scoring only 13 points in the first half, the No. 6 seed was down by 27 at the half. The Cavaliers had no chance to rally in the second half. The Virginia Cavaliers had their worst offensive performance of the season and were behind by 20 points at the break. The game's scoreboard indicated that the team wasn't in sync, as the Tar Heels shot only 39% and had a miserable shooting night. The Tar Heels'defense forced the Cavaliers to work for every basket, which forced their opponents to settle for less.

In fact, the defense also limited the Cavaliers to a 13-point first half, which is a record for the ACC Tournament in the shot clock era. The previous best start in the ACC Tournament came against East Tennessee State in 2012.