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LOUISVILLE: It will take a battle-tested team to win such a rugged region, and the Cardinals have the experience, the championship core and defensive mindset needed to survive a series of epic matchups.
Duke guard Quinn Cook has a second-half shot rejected by Virginia guard Joe Harris , who was ACC tournament MVP.
In a championship game that pitted the ACC's top scoring offense against the nation's top scoring defense, Virginia proved that defense does, in fact, win championships.
The NCAA tournament is when the top names in college basketball shine on a big stage, and there are few bigger stars in the nation than Duke's Jabari Parker.
Virginia's Justin Anderson and Josh Hairston battle for a rebound in the ACC Tournament championship game on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at Greensboro Coliseum.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was seething mad when he called a time out with 2:07 remaining in the first half of Sunday's ACC tournament championship game against Virginia.
June 28, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; Austin Rivers , left, gets a pat on the back from his father and Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers after being introduced as the number ten overall pick to the New Orleans Hornets during the 2012 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center.
Perhaps I am naive. During Clemson's loss to Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament on Friday night, I simply saw inconsistent officiating.
Duke, including Quinn Cook, left, and Jabari Parker, might have more than an ACC tournament championship to play for on Sunday when it faces Virginia.
A hungry N.C. State team came to the ACC tournament and paid back Miami and Syracuse for regular-season losses.
Fourth-ranked Duke went on a 4-1 run over the last 13 minutes of the game to earn a 9-8 overtime win over fifth-ranked North Carolina in front of 3,887 fans at Koskinen Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Mike Krzyzewski has won four national championships. He's been to 11 Final Fours and won more college basketball games than any college coach in the history of the game.
7 Duke past Clemson 63-62 Friday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals.
Duke finally got started in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament and by the end of a bumpy experience, found itself rescued by Tyler Thornton's defensive play in the final seconds.
Second-year New Orleans Pelican guard Austin Rivers struggled some last season as a rookie after playing just one year of college basketball but he has shown marked improvement this season.
Kentucky coach John Calipari is not only in favor of the NBA pushing the age minimum to 20 years old for entering players, but he is favor of the NCAA and schools paying for insurance to protect players who could suffer injuries while still in school.