No. 12 Virginia clinched the ACC regular season title with an impressive win over No. 4 Syracuse, 75-56. The Cavaliers combined their stout defense with an efficient offensive game, shooting 50 percent front he field.
Akil Mitchell carried the load for Virginia, scoring 12 points and grabbing nine boards. The Cavaliers outmuscled the Orange, grabbing 13 offensive rebounds and outboarding Syracuse 39-29 overall. Mitchell finished with five of those offensive rebounds.
Syracuse has now lost three of its last four games, after starting the season 25-0.
Virginia clinched its first ACC title since 2007, and just its second since 1995. Saturday also marked the first time the Cavaliers won the conference outright since 1981. I would imagine this game would also flip-flop these teams in the national rankings, with Virginia almost certain to be a top-10 team come Monday.