Virginia vs. UNC: Live Score and Highlights for 2016 ACC Championship

Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistMarch 12, 2016

North Carolina guard Joel Berry II (2) heads to the hoop as Virginia guard London Perrantes (32) looks on during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Alex Brandon

The No. 7 North Carolina Tar Heels used suffocating defense to beat No. 4 Virginia at its own game and capture the ACC tournament championship with a 61-57 victory on Saturday night at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.

The win is North Carolina's 18th ACC tournament title and first since 2008.

The Tar Heels (28-6) likely cinched up a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament with the victory. 

It played with great intensity and grit on the defensive end, holding Virginia's lethal guard combo of ACC Player of the Year Malcolm Brogdon and London Perrantes to an ugly 9-of-36 shooting from the field. 

The pair combined for just 23 points on 36 shots.

Joel Berry provided the offensive spark for North Carolina, leading all scorers with 19 points, including nine from long range.

Virginia (26-7) could still wind up with one of four top seeds in the tournament, but its fate now rests with the selection committee.