Could Virginia's ACC Tournament loss cost it NCAA tourney's top overall seed?

Heather Diaz
March 17, 2019

Tony Bennett sat in the very same spot Friday night that he occupied last March when his Virginia team - the top-seeded team in the NCAA Tournament - fell prey to the madness.

All of that was never more evident than during Florida State's second-half run when it left the Cavaliers in the rear view.

The latest Bracketology update before Selection Sunday has Duke replacing North Carolina for a No. 1 seed.

Duke and Virginia now seem to be a lock for No. 1 seeds.

After Kentucky's loss to Tennessee on Saturday in the semifinals of the SEC tournament, Lunardi updated his projections Saturday evening, and moved UNC back up to a No. 1 seed.

While falling short in the ACC Tournament is likely disappointing for a team that has been among the elite in college basketball this season, the good news is that Virginia's body of work this year will nearly certainly prevent it from losing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Florida State, now 27-6, was a much different team than the one the Cavaliers virtually destroyed to begin the ACC season.

"I'd have bet $1,000 right there that shot was going in", he said, "but it didn't".

"Would I love to see them?" I ended up getting the space I wanted.

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Before Friday, Virginia (29-3) had lost just twice all season - both times to Duke.

Syracuse, always a tough out in March because of that tricky 2-3 zone, has some impressive wins this year and some really questionable losses. "He's a great player, and he definitely adds something for their team, but he wasn't our focus". Instead, it was his decision to pass up a play designed for him and dish to Williamson for the game's final points that proved decisive. The Seminoles also got 11 from senior Phil Cofer and 10 from junior Trent Forrest.

Williamson and Barrett have been two of the best players in college basketball this season and they are projected to be selected with the first and second pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

North Carolina has shown the ability to overcome a bad perimeter-shooting game to win many times this season.

North Carolina spurted out to an early 33-20 advantage with the Blue Devils struggling from the field in the opening 10 minutes. I think he's what Duke is missing and is the sole reason why I'm picking UNC over Duke as my favorite to win the title.

Speaking of Louisville, where does all of this leave our guys?

Louisville had absolutely one of the toughest schedules in the country, and along with that one of the most impressive resumes in the country. But that's up for the NCAA Committee to decide.

In short, this was one quality team besting another. A lot of people said that Louisville would be lucky to make the tournament this year because of the state of the program, and here we are.

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