The Wildcats - who lost to eventual champion North Carolina on a last-second shot in last year's Elite Eight - face 12-seed Davidson (21-11) in Boise on Thursday.
"A part of me says it's no good if we didn't win the championship", Johnson said.
But we do come by it honestly in North Carolina. What's more, the Tar Heels would have amassed an incredible seven wins over teams projected to be seeded fifth or better in the NCAA tournament.
It turned Duke from one of college basketball's top 80 defenses to one that has climbed all the way to 7th in KenPom's adjusted defensive efficiency metric. "I think they wait until they get exactly the shot they want, and that's the way they play".
"That's why he's first team (All-ACC)", Pinson said.
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Davidson beat Rhode Island in the A-10 tournament championship game Sunday to steal an at-large bid.
This week the Tar Heels made a number of leaps.
There's one more strength of the Tar Heels gone. They're a good matchup for UNC, which also likes to get up and down the court, just with better players.
Theo Pinson led the way for North Carolina with 25 points on 9-for-12 shooting from the field and 11 rebounds for the double-double in the win.
Brooks went down hard and stayed down in the backcourt as North Carolina scored. Allen clearly stuck his backside out enough to bump the unsuspecting Brooks while the 6-foot-9 freshman was in the middle of a stride. Then the Tar Heels surged to start the second half, with Williams dropping in a 3 to make it 51-33 with 15:35 left.
"They got a fast break and I bumped him and fouled him", Allen said during the postgame news conference. Do you think that was the only time someone was hipped in the game?
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The victor of that second-round game will face the victor from Clemson and Auburn's side of the bracket in Sweet Sixteen play. The Seminoles open against Missouri, which makes 9.3 3-pointers per game but commits a dangerously high 14.1 turnovers.
The Cavaliers' definition of a down year now is last season, when they finished 23-11 and 11-7 in the ACC. Kansas was on the fringe, but with a win over West Virginia in the Big 12 title game that sealed it for the Jayhawks. He was stripped of his captaincy by Duke for another trip as a junior.
As North Carolina tried to work the clock with a big lead, the Tar Heels forced a quick shot that had Williams trying to rip his suit jacket on the sideline.
ST. LOUIS - Lamonte turner scored 15 points and Tennessee locked down on defense to beat Mississippi State in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament. It's why there are many that believe Duke is not one of, if not the favorite to win the national title in San Antonio three-and-a-half weeks from today. "As older guys, you develop over the years, from going to playing like five minutes my first year to now, and you grow". "We were thinking back about just how the season ended, just the feeling in the locker room", Elmore said.
"We never declared it", Grayson Allen said of becoming a zone team.
The Hilltoppers wait to see if they will get to play another game this season. "After two years of injuries and a mediocre last year, I was just grateful to be out there feeling like myself again".
After eliminating Syracuse from the ACC tournament, and perhaps keeping them from making the NCAA tournament, Williams commented on how his Tar Heels were able to anticipate what the Orange wanted to do so easily.
NCAA bracketology: The latest on where Clemson stands
Getting the teams and bracket out ASAP is a good idea, considering everyone's expecting the show's ratings to be garbage. Both of Cincinnati's college basketball powers, Xavier and Cincinnati, will be opening the NCAA Tournament in Nashville.
This will be the final AP Top 25 Poll until after the NCAA Tournament is done.
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