Virginia win a healing moment that was bigger than basketball


SAN DIEGO ST. 90, No. 22 NEVADA 73:Devin Watson scored 20 points to lead San Diego State (21-10) in the Mountain West semifinals at Las Vegas.

Rick Barnes is heading back to where he spent a good chunk of his career.

Two years ago, the Orange finished 9-9 in the ACC and lost their first game in the ACC tournament.

The Cavaliers headline the South Region bracket, earning a No. 1 seed for the sixth time in program history.

Of all of North Carolina's title winning teams, however, none may be more iconic than the 1982 National Championship team.

Tournament games begin on Tuesday, March 13, with the first play-in games; first round games will be played on Thursday and Friday. The Tar Heels are 33-1 in NCCA games played in their home state. Instead, they wait to see if they get an NIT bid.

ST. LOUIS - Collin Sexton scored 31 points and Alabama used a strong second half to defeat Auburn in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. They put the bow on a fantastic season that should have them earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Duke doesn't have as many high-end wins as North Carolina and the Blue Devils dropped two of three head-to-head against the Tar Heels.

Kyle Guy is pretty darn close to irreplaceable for the Cavaliers, ranked No. 1 in the country and well on its way to a top seed in the forthcoming NCAA tournament.

The teams are highlighted by powerhouses Duke, North Carolina and NC State while smaller schools such as Davidson, North Carolina Central and UNC-Greensboro will also be featured in this years tournament.

Among the intriguing early matchups is No. 8 seed Creighton and its star, Marcus Foster, against ninth-seeded Kansas State. Providence erased a 17-point hole in the second half to beat top-seeded Xavier to reach the final.

Notre Dame had a seven-game losing streak while preseason All-American Bonzie Colson was out injured and couldn't do enough by the time he returned.

UMBC was among the first automatic qualifiers announced during the Selection Show and TBS broadcasted the Retrievers watch party as they celebrate their tournament berth.

Louisville had a chaotic season mired by the firings of coach Rick Pitino and AD Tom Jurich amid the Federal Bureau of Investigation case.

"We had a stretch (where) we lost some games and we had to go to Louisville, which was obviously a tough place to play (against) a very good basketball team", Boeheim said. Their only losses have come to in-state rivals: West Virginia and Virginia Tech. The Cowboys also lost an assistant coach in the Federal Bureau of Investigation scandal.

"It's been really hard getting here", he said after the win over ETSU.

Allen, a senior, was reprimanded by the ACC for tripping two opponents in his sophomore season. D'Antoni is a Marshall alumnus, and the brother of Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni, who was at the game since his National Basketball Association team was in town to play the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

WASHINGTON - Andre Berry scored 18 points, Fatts Russell made two crucial 3-pointers in the final six minutes and Rhode Island rallied past Saint Joseph's in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament semifinals. Miles netted 25 points to lead his team for the second time in as many days, while Carter added 17 points and nine assists.