ACC Tournament Final Fantasy Basketball Preview
Virginia Cavaliers (4) vs North Carolina Tar Heels (7)
A day after 4 games were decided in overtime, the ACC tournament winds down to its top 2 seeds, the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Virginia Cavaliers battling at the Verizon Center Saturday night. FanPicks is proud to bring you this exciting ACC Tournament final fantasy basketball preview ahead of the big NCAA tournament.
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This will be the Tar Heels 2nd straight ACC tournament final game and 5th in the last 6 seasons. They’re in tremendous form right now after their convincing Thursday victory over Pittsburgh 88 to 71 followed by their route of Notre Dame, the ACC defending champions by the largest margin ever in an ACC semi final 78 to 47. They lead the ACC in pts per game but their offense will be under extreme pressure from the best defense in the conference.
North Carolina will count as usual on their big man Marcus Paige to step up and get out of his slump as well as their forward Brice Johnson. Johnson leads the Tar Heels in scoring and rebounds averaging a staggering 16.7 pts per game and 10.6 boards. His streak of double doubles ended Friday because of the fouls despite a great 12 pts performance. UNC is also on an 8 year ACC title drought.
The Cavaliers are one of the most efficient teams at both ends in the nation. They not only easily lead the ACC in many departments but are feared nationwide for their defense who ranks 2nd in the NCAA allowing only 59.6 pts per game. They also rank in the top 10 nationally in FG percentage and 3 point shooting. ACC player of the year, Malcom Brogdon averages 18.8 pts per game and shoots 47.8 % from the field. The Cavaliers have been shooting over 50% in their last 3 games.
Virginia has won 3 of their last 4 games against the Tar Heels including the latest home victory 2 weeks ago at home by the score of 79 to 74. Brogdon scored 26 pts in the game with 19 of them coming in the first half.
They will have to convert the turnovers they create into points as they did in the previous game to run away with the title.