On Sunday, the final round of the Elite Eight games will commence on TBS. With a pair of Final Four bids on the line, it also happens to be the second ACC semifinals in a matter of weeks. Three teams from that magical Friday night 16 days ago are one win away from Houston. North Carolina defeated Notre Dame, while Virginia ousted Miami. Instead of playing the Hurricanes, the Cavaliers face Syracuse in the Midwest regional final.
Virginia (29-7) had breezed in 2 of the 3 games during their run in the Elite 8. In the first round, the Cavaliers bounced Hampton, 81-45. Their second round match up with Butler came down to the wire. They scored 54 second half points in a 77-69 win, erasing a two point halftime deficit. Their offensive explosion continue in the Sweet 16. During the Cavaliers’ 84-71 win over Iowa State, they shot 56 percent from the field. Four players scored double figures, including 23 points for Anthony Gill, and 18 points for Mike Tobey.
After dealing with the diverse front court of Gonzaga, Syracuse (22-13) has another large tasks on their hands. The Orange used a pair of dominant second halves to arrive in the Sweet 16. In the first round, they shutdown Dayton in a 70-51 victory. In round two, the Orange faced 15th-seeded Middle Tennesse, and used a 35-11 run to win 75-50. Both games were tight early. However, the script was flipped for Syracuse’s match up with Gonzaga. The Bulldogs jumped out to a double-digit lead before Syracuse came back. The 9-1 run to finish the game gave the Orange a 63-60 victory, leading to their Elite 8 match up with Virginia.
North Carolina (31-6) has been on cruise control since the NCAA Tournament started. The Tar Heels are winning by an average of 16.7 points per game. After a slow start in the first round, North Carolina raced past FGCU 83-67. Their second round match up against Providence was also dominated by a second half run. Their 85-66 win gave the Tar Heels a highly anticipated contest with Indiana. In the end, the Sweet 16 was no contest at all. North Carolina won 101-86, leading most of the game by double figures.
Notre Dame (24-11) has grinded out every win during their Elite 8 run. Whether it was second half comebacks, last second tip-ins, or crucial defensive plays, the Fighting Irish have found ways to win. First, they stormed back to defeat Michigan 70-63. Then Notre Dame scratched and clawed their way to a 76-75 victory over Stephen F. Austin. Against Wisconsin, USA Today notes the Fighting Irish used an 8-0 run to win 61-56. They forced three turnovers in the final 19 seconds.
Not only is the ACC assured of two berths in the Final Four, they’ll have a spot in the championship game next Monday. Coming into the game, both No. 1 seeds are heavy favorites.
Here’s the Elite 8 schedule, with announcers, TV times, and live streams.
Midwest Region- Chicago, IL
6:09 p.m. (10) Syracuse vs. (1) Virginia / Live Game Stream
TBS: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Lewis Johnson
East Region- Philadelphia, PA
8:49 p.m. (6) Notre Dame vs. (1) North Carolina / Live Game Stream
TBS: Brian Anderson, Steve Smith, Dana Jacobson