Justin Jackson Breaks ThroughWith Virginia’s vaunted defense harassing the North Carolina big men, Justin Jackson’s shooting took down the top-seeded Cavs, 71-67, to send the Tar Heels to the ACC Tournament final. The freshman wing led all UNC scorers with a career-high 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting. On a night where the four Tar Heel big men combined to score 25 points, Jackson gave his team a big lift. (Inside Carolina)
Video: Locker Room Players Post-UVA InterviewsJoel Berry II, J.P. Tokoto, Isaiah Hicks, and Brice Johnson spoke to the media following Carolina's upset victory against top-seeded Virginia in the ACC Tournament semifinal round.
Lucas: Patience And PoiseAs Joel Berry bounced the ball 30 feet from the basket with less than two minutes remaining, he heard Roy Williams’ voice in the back of his head. The real Roy Williams was standing just feet away. But the voice Berry heard was the one that’s bounced off the empty Smith Center seats during dozens of practices and in dozens of huddles in the parade of close games the Tar Heels have played this year. (GoHeels.com)
UNC-Virginia Postgame NotesCarolina has advanced to the ACC title game for the 33rd time. The Tar Heels are 17-15 in the championship game. This is the third time under Roy Williams that UNC has won three ACC Tournament games in one year – the other two times UNC won the title in 2007 and 2008. UNC has advanced to the championship game six times in 12 years with Roy Williams as head coach. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Justin Jackson Highlights vs. VirginiaFreshman Justin Jackson scored a game-high 22 points (8-10 FG, 4-5 from three) to lead the Tar Heels past Virginia and into the ACC Tournament championship on March 13th, 2015.
Lifeless first half, substandard defense cost U.Va. in ACC tourney loss to UNCNorth Carolina defeated Virginia 71-67 Friday in an ACC tournament semifinal dripping with late drama and replete with individual brilliance. But what the defending champion Cavaliers will most recall is a lifeless first half in which they fell behind 8-1, trailed by as many as 11 and ceded control to the Tar Heels. “We were rattled defensively and offensively,” Cavaliers forward Darion Atkins said. (Daily Press)
Recap & Analysis: UNC 71, Virginia 67In perhaps UNC's best effort of the season, the Tar Heels get a career high 22 points from Justin Jackson to squeeze out a 71-67 win over #1 seeded Virginia to advance to the ACC Championship game. In a matter of two days UNC has practically erased a reputation of being a team that couldn't finish by slamming the door on two very good teams. (Tar Heel Blog)
UNC-UVa: Roy Williams Postgame QuotesRoy Williams: "We feel fortunate and lucky, happy, everything to be here. We made some big plays down the stretch. Made six of our last seven free throws. I think that was big. The little fella beside me (Justin Jackson) was a big time player for us today; there was no question about that. Four out of five from three, and the only one he missed was in the first half." (Inside Carolina)
Turner's Take: ConfidenceJust a few weeks ago against NC State, Marcus Paige rose for what would have been a game-changing three-pointer. Instead, he hesitated and in mid-air looked for a cutting teammate. A Wolfpack steal and basket on the other end short-circuited the Tar Heel momentum. But here, Paige did not hesitate. Finally, healthy, he has the confidence to make plays like he did Friday. (GoHeels.com)
UNC's Franklin 'Rusty' Clark enjoys ACC Legend statusFranklin "Rusty" Clark said he used to go to the ACC tournament often when his kids were growing up. Recently, however, his appearances haven't been as frequent. On Friday night, when the former North Carolina center was honored as an ACC Legend, he got a taste of how much the league has changed. "Some of these teams weren't even in the conference when I played," Clark said. (Fayetteville Observer)
Five observations: North Carolina beats Virginia in ACC semifinalThe North Carolina Tar Heels held off the Virginia Cavaliers for a 71-67 victory in the ACC tournament semifinals. The Heels advanced to the title game for the fourth time in the past five years and await the Duke-Notre Dame winner. UNC freshman Justin Jackson is ready for the postseason. Ever since a poor performance in the Heels' loss at Duke, Jackson has been consistently good. (ESPN.com)
Video: UNC-Virginia Game HighlightsCarolina led wire-to-wire and Justin Jackson scored a career-high 22 points as the Tar Heels beat Virginia, 71-67, to advance to the ACC Tournament final on March 13th, 2015.
No. 19 North Carolina holds off No. 3 Virginia 71-67 in ACCsMarcus Paige hit two free throws with 3.9 seconds left to help No. 19 North Carolina top No. 3 Virginia 71-67 on Friday night in the ACC tournament semifinals. Paige also hit a huge shot to beat the clock in the final minute, helping the fifth-seeded Tar Heels hold off the tournament's top seed and reigning champion in a tense finish. Freshman Justin Jackson scored a season-high 22 points to lead the Tar Heels. (ESPN.com)
Video: Marcus Paige Hits the Dagger vs. VirginiaWith the Tar Heels in need of a bucket, Marcus Paige fakes his defender off his feet and drains the leaner against Virginia in the semi-finals of the ACC Tournament on March 13th, 2015.
Video: J.P. Tokoto Breakaway Dunk vs. VirginiaMarcus Paige strips the Virginia player and pitches it ahead to J.P. Tokoto for the uncontested dunk on the break against Virginia in the ACC Tournament on March 13th, 2015.
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