We are in for a treat Sunday when the 27-6 Virginia Cavaliers take on the 26-7 Duke Blue Devils for ACC bragging rights.
On Saturday, Virginia fended off the surging Pittsburgh Panthers 51-48, while Duke looked solid in a decisive 75-67 win over NC State.
When these teams meet Sunday, we are certainly in for some fireworks. Let's break down all of the necessary viewing information and offer a prediction for this highly anticipated matchup.
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The ACC final can be live-streamed on ESPN3.
Both teams received double-byes for the ACC tournament, and each has recorded similar results since.
Virginia made quick work of Florida State, winning 64-51, then took care of Pittsburgh by a 51-48 count.
Duke had a close call against Clemson, winning 63-62 in the quarterfinal, then showed its offensive prowess against NC State with a 75-67 triumph.
These teams met once during the regular season, when Duke prevailed 69-65 at home on Jan. 13.
Virginia relies on its first-ranked defense, which allows 55.1 points per game, while Duke thrives offensively, averaging 79.1 points per game (27th nationally).
After Virginia defeated Pittsburgh, sophomore guard Justin Anderson stressed his team's chemistry during a press conference with The Associated Press, via ESPN.com:
There's no better feeling, of course, but we'll celebrate later. We're to a point where we have a chance to make a run, not just in the ACC but the NCAA tournament, and we have to continue to be humble. This team cherishes that and this team understands that and we'll be fine.
Sophomore guard Rasheed Sulaimon said Duke's defense has improved throughout the tournament, per the AP: "We got a lot of easy baskets from our defense, and once we got into a rhythm, our shots started falling down and we got rolling."
If Duke's defense can complement its offense, it will be a very difficult team to beat.
On Saturday, Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon and Joe Harris combined to connect on 10 of their 23 shots from the field. Meanwhile, Duke's two highest scorers, Jabari Parker and Sulaimon, combined to go 15-of-27.
It's Duke's ability to create points and the team's offensive depth that will overcome a stout Virginia defense in the final.
Duke 68, Virginia 63