At the time, head coach Tony Bennett wasn't sure; he was still looking for his team's identity.
"It was really satisfying to finally contribute to the team", the former West Carteret standout said. "They run things a little bit different". We played literally every team, so it's going to be tough every night.
The game, at Barclays Center, showcased Virginia's distinctive style.
How they falter: North Carolina is highly susceptible to being beaten from outside and their opponent gets hot from beyond the arc, putting the Tar Heels in upset territory.
The Cavaliers' definition of a down year now is last season, when they finished 23-11 and 11-7 in the ACC. Boeheim expects that Sidibe will be fully healthy for his sophomore year after needed treatment on his ailing knee, which Boeheim said does not project to be "a big fix". Improve, prepare well, play to win. "It's a fight you have to have inside of you or you're not going to be successful at this level".
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From 1954-71, there was only one non-North Carolina champion.
It will be the just the second time that the Tar Heels have been a No. 2 seed under Williams, with the only other time coming in 2011.
None of it fazed the Cavaliers.
Five players are averaging at least 10.1 points per game for North Carolina, they are Luke Maye (17.6), Joel Berry II (17.5), Cameron Johnson (13.2), Kenny Williams (11.4) and Theo Pinson (10.1). Western Kentucky (24-10) then scored the game's last 11 points before missing two shots in the final 20 seconds.
The Crimson Tide trailed 41-31 at halftime but started the second half on a 28-3 run.
Jalen McDaniels had his ninth double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Virginia is the front-runner to be named the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament when the bracket is released on Sunday.
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UNC just won three games in four days but lost the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship to Virginia.
Jack Salt had his moments against Clemson in a semifinal. Both players led the country in minutes per game at 38.3. "You've got to work for everything you get and then you've gotta go on the other end and work for that". "I think we showed some interior scoring".
Junior center Rob Marberry thanked the fans, who clapped for almost an hour for cheerleaders, players and coaches until the Selection Show began.
"You can tell I'm happy". But only the 1999 squad reached the Final Four. The Tar Heels are 33-1 in NCCA games played in their home state.
"Everyone is 0-0 starting next week", he said, "so that's the way we're looking at it".
"Our coaches do a heck of a job keeping us humble", senior guard Devon Hall said. They boast a capable offense and an intimidating defense that has held 12 teams this season to 50 or fewer points.
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