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Off the cuff: It's tough to win four games in four days but even if the Tar Heels had won the second seed in ACC tournament, they probably would have lost this game to Virginia.

Carolina has a hard time playing the style of game that Virginia plays. And it's nearly impossible to force this Cavalier team to play UNC's up-tempo style.

The Cavs didn't give up 70 points in a game all year. But it was their timely offense that kept the Heels at bay.

Luke Maye carried the Tar Heels in the first half with 15 points as the Heels lost the first half by four points, 34-30. Even though he scored just five points in the second half, the Heels lost the second half by four points as well.

The Tar Heels won't play a team as talented and deliberate as the Cavs in the NCAA Tournament. It's hard to know how Carolina will do but with a No. 2 seed, which is likely, the Heels should go far.

"My team's getting better," UNC coach Roy Williams said. "We've got some bigger goals in front of us."

Old school fans would probably just as soon win the ACC Tournament as the NCAA Tournament - almost. It would be interesting to see these two teams play again in the NCAA Tourney.

It was a strange site in Brooklyn as Virginia had many, many more fans there than the Tar Heels did. Not sure what that means or why that is unless it's just that Virginia is excited to be No. 1 in the nation.

Virginia 71, Tar Heels 63
UVA plays its game to take title over NC

A deliberate Virginia kept North Carolina a step behind the whole game as the Cavs won their third ACC Tournament Title with a 71-63 victory. (3/10)

The Tar Heels, playing their fourth game in four days, didn't have enough to get by No. 1 Virginia as the Cavs stuck to their script by slowing the pace, playing tough defense and hitting free throws.

Carolina, trailing 34-30 at the half, had a couple of opportunities to tie or take the lead in the second half but could not make the plays. Meanwhile tourney MVP Kyle Guy, who scored 16, did make the plays to keep the Heels at bay.

Guy scored six points, including a couple of long twos after nifty moves, during a 10-3 Virginia run that turned the Heels away for good after they had cut the margin to two.

A 7-0 Carolina run, highlighted by a Berry three from the top of the key, cut a nine-point UVA lead to two at 48-46. After one of just four Virginia turnovers, the Heels had a chance to tie or take the lead. But Berry threw it away well over Theo Pinson's head.

Then, down 50-47, the Tar Heels had a chance to tie it but Luke Maye, who led all scorers with 20 points, was short on a three-point attempt.

After the 10-3 Virginia run, Carolina never got it closer than five points as the Cavs, who hit 20 of 22 free throws, put the Heels away at the free throw line.

"I felt like we hung in there but you've got to do better against Virginia than just hanging in there," UNC coach Roy Williams said. "They're really good. We had to play really, really well and we didn't do that."

UVA coach Tony Bennett said that his team has an "uncommon chemistry" but it wasn't lost on him that Carolina may have been a tired team. "I don't know if we were fresher but we tried to wear 'em down - four games in four days."

While the Tar Heels played better than they did in the regular season matchup with the Cavs, they couldn't find the magic they had in tournament wins over Syracuse, Miami and Duke.

For instance, Pinson, who had a career-high 25 points earlier in the tourney, was just one of 10 from the field in this one, including missing all three of his three point attempts. Cam Johnson, who had been scoring in double figures each game, played only 22 minutes due to a sore back and managed only one basket in three attempts.

Joining Maye in double figures for the Heels were Berry, who scored 17, and Kenny Williams, who scored 12.

Maye and Pinson joined UVA's Guy and Devon Hall, and Duke's Marvin Bagley on the All-Tourney team.

The Tar Heels, now 25-10, are likely to get a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament while Virginia, 31-2, is almost assured a No. 1 overall seed.

Box Score

Theo Pinson drives against Kyle Guy.
(UNC Sports Information Photo by JD Lyon Jr.)

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