The entire right side of the NCAA Tournament bracket is a four-team ACC Tournament race to the National Championship, with four Elite Eight teams from the conference. In the Midwest region, No. 1 Virginia will take on No. 10 Syracuse for the right to go to the Final Four and face the winner of North Carolina-Notre Dame.
Virginia has gotten here by dismantling opponents in the only way the Cavaliers know how. They have been ultra-efficient on both offense and defense, and they've slowed the pace of the game down to a near-hault once they've gotten the lead. The Cavs took a double-digit lead early on against Iowa State in the Sweet Sixteen, and they never looked back, carving up ISU's suspect defense with textbook passing and post play.
Virginia scored 52 post points and had 15 first-half assists en route to an easy, 13-point win over the Cyclones. Now, the top-seeded Cavaliers get to face a familiar foe. Syracuse and UVA have only met once this year — an eight-point win for the Cavaliers in Charlottesville. While Virginia has been consistently great, Syracuse has been wildly inconsistent.
The Orange have wins over Texas A&M and UConn at a neutral site, Duke on the road and Notre Dame at home. But they have also lost to St. John's and Georgetown.
During the NCAA Tournament, we've mostly seen "Good Syracuse." The Orange dominated Dayton in the second half, then beat giant-killer Middle Tennessee State. After getting off to a slow start and an early 10-point deficit against Gonzaga, Syracuse came back behind the strong play of seniors Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney to steal a win.
Syracuse has struggled with good frontcourts, and Virginia's frontcourt is one of the best. But in a strange tournament, who knows what could happen with an inconsistent Syracuse team.
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Time: 6:09 p.m. ET
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