"You want to see as many teams [as possible] get in from your league as possible", Bennett said.
"I told our players that everyone can play if they're in there", Bennett said in a teleconference Sunday after the pairings were released. "They still slide under the radar a little bit". We played literally every team, so it's going to be tough every night.
Without Guy, Virginia would ask a lot more from De'Andre Hunter and Nigel Johnson - two players who are presently best used coming off the bench and thriving in shorter rotations.
"We earned it. We fought all year long", said Elmore, with a cut-down net draped over his shoulder. Absent a Masters, U.S. Open, British Open or PGA Championship, there's a void on the résumé, no matter how many tournaments you win. "Brand new season. So you have to reset your mind and go from there".
"They're the No. 1 team in the country", North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. The Tar Heels shot 10-for-25 from 3-point range and turned it over only nine times.
In the first half, Virginia maintained a lead for a majority of the twenty minutes.
None of it fazed the Cavaliers.
North Carolina has had an uneven first month.
Meanwhile, after a shaky start, Wilkins ignited a defense that limited North Carolina to 38.5 percent shooting in the second half.
Bone scored 17 of his points in the first half, hitting 7 of 7 from the field and all three of his 3-point attempts.
Luke Maye's 20 points paced North Carolina, while Joel Berry II finished with 17 points and Kenny Williams had 12.
The University of Virginia has been named the number one overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.
At the ACC tournament, Virginia also showed some offensive potency, a scary sign for its opponents next week. Those outcomes give North Carolina a shot to force its way into consideration for a No. 1 seed if it upsets top-seeded Virginia in Saturday's ACC title game.
Jack Salt had his moments against Clemson in a semifinal. They opened with a quality series win at South Florida, then went 1-4 in Week Two to drop 14 spots in the rankings, then bounced back with 46 runs in a 4-0 Week Three showing. We couldn't make a play.
The general public might not believe in Virginia because of its recent pre-Final Four losses, but opposing coaches know: The Cavaliers are for real.
Villanova had rolled to a pair of dominant victories in the tourney and held off a pesky Providence team that played its third straight overtime game. The Cavaliers won the ACC by four games and stifled the Tar Heels in their lone meeting, a 61-49 Virginia victory on January 6 in Charlottesville.
"We definitely wanted to run a few seconds faster and qualify for nationals, but it's an honor to be a part of an effort like that and come so close", Dodge said.