On Saturday, the Virginia vs. North Carolina live stream online and televised 2016 ACC Championship brings two teams to the court who are currently being discussed as No. 1 seeds in the Big Dance. That makes this ACC Tournament final matchup that much more special, as it could also be an early preview of of two Final Four teams, both of which could compete for the National Championship. The Cavaliers come into this matchup after a close win over the Miami Hurricanes, while North Carolina was able to rout a Notre Dame team that defeated Duke in overtime. Now the two squads meet to decide the conference champions with the 2016 ACC live streaming and televised coverage arriving via ESPN networks.
On March 12, The Washington Post reported that these two teams met only once in the regular season with the Cavaliers prevailing 79-74 in that meeting. The game took place in Charlottesville at Virginia’s home court and realized that limiting UNC’s offensive rebounds as well as their transition play were keys to the victory. Virginia allowed just 13 offensive rebounds to the Tar Heels in that game which also saw Malcolm Brogdon get 26 points to lead his team to the win. Brogdon also outplayed Tar Heels star Brice Johnson and that effort may have helped Brogdon edge Johnson for the ACC Player of the Year Award.
To get to this finals matchup, North Carola crushed Notre Dame 78-47 in the semifinal on Friday night due to a dominant inside performance. The Tar Heels won the battle of the boards and when it came to scoring in the paint, they finished with a 40-10 advantage. The Cavaliers outlasted Miami 73-68 in the other semifinals matchup, but won the game basically by never trailing their opponents at any point in the contest. Brogdon finished with 24 points in the win and his team was able to score 19 points off 16 Miami turnovers. Forcing the Tar Heels to make key mistakes tonight will be a part of the strategy, but winning those interior battles in terms of rebounding will be crucial as well. The winner of this game will likely be a lock for a No. 1 seed in the Big Dance on Selection Sunday.
Vegas odds makers first listed North Carolina as 1-1/2 point favorites for Sundays championship game, with the point spread rising to 2-1/2 points in their favor at several sports books. The Cavaliers have done decent against the spread with a 17-13-2 overall record and a 2-1 record as underdogs, while UNC has a 16-14-3 overall record and a 12-12-3 record as favorites. The moneyline has the Tar Heels priced as -145 favorites, while Virginia is a +125 underdog. The ACC Championship over/under points total is at 138 points for the complete game. Carolina is listed as second overall on the future odds list with odds of 8 to 1 to win the NCAA Tournament, while Virginia has odds of 14 to 1 to win it all.
Saturday’s ACC Championship game featuring Virginia vs. North Carolina gets started at approximately 9 p.m. Eastern Time. Live television coverage is available to United States viewers on ESPN. To watch Virginia vs. UNC live streaming online, viewers will need to log into the WatchESPN website or mobile apps, where available. Another option is the SlingTV subscription service which offers a free 7-day trial signup offer and includes ESPN as part of its main channel package. There’s also live audio game commentary for subscribers on Sirius XM Satellite Radio channel 80 starting at 8 p.m. ET.