The 2018 ACC men's basketball tournament rolled on Thursday with the quarterfinal round from the Barclays Center in New York City.
It marked the first appearance of the event for the conference's top four seeds, led by Virginia, which entered the week as the unanimous No. 1 team in the country in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls. Duke, Miami and Clemson were the other double-bye squads.
Check out the scores and schedule, which will get updated through the conclusion of the quarterfinals Thursday night, followed by a recap of the action.
March 8 Results
Game 8: (1) Virginia 75, (9) Louisville 58
Game 9: (4) Clemson 90, (12) Boston College 82
Game 10: (2) Duke 88, (10) Notre Dame 70
Game 11: (6) North Carolina 82, (3) Miami 65
March 9 Schedule
Game 12: (1) Virginia vs. (4) Clemson — 7 p.m. ET
Game 13: (2) Duke vs. (6) North Carolina— 9 p.m. ET
Virginia 75, Louisville 58
Virginia survived a second-half run from Louisville, which trimmed a 17-point deficit to as little as four with just under nine minutes to play, to reach the semifinals.
The loss ensures a tense Selection Sunday for the Cardinals. They entered the day as one of the "Last Four In" for the NCAA tournament, according to ESPN.com's Joe Lunardi. A win Thursday would have likely clinched a berth, but now they'll remain on the bubble.
The Basketball Predictions Blog broke down Louisville's polarizing resume:
Jeff (BPredict) @BPredict
With a loss, Louisville will be 3-11 vs the RPI Tier 1 and 5-13 vs the RPI Tiers 1 & 2. Those are NIT numbers. That said, their RPI should remain Top 40, and in the decade-plus I've been tracking this, there has never been a Top 40 power conf team to fail to earn an at-large.
Virginia had five players reach double figures in scoring, led by Kyle Guy, who tallied a game-high 19 points and seven rebounds. De'Andre Hunter and Mamadi Diakite combined for 22 points off the bench as the Cavaliers held a 22-10 edge in reserve scoring.
Ray Spalding paced the Cards with 16 points. They shot better from three-point range (42.9 percent) than inside the arc (32.1 percent) in the loss.
Clemson 90, Boston College 82
This was almost a carbon copy of Virginia's win over Louisville. Clemson built its lead to 16 early in the second half before Boston College fought back to within two with less than six minutes to play, but the Tigers withstood the surge to move on.
While the Eagles, who edged Georgia Tech on Tuesday to reach the quarters, came up short in their comeback bid, Mike McCurry of Zags Blog is bullish on the squad's future:
It was another strong all-around offensive performance from Clemson. Six different players tallied at least eight points, led by Gabe DeVoe (25) and Shelton Mitchell (21). The Tigers also made 20 of their 22 free-throw attempts (90.9 percent) to help seal the win down the stretch.
Ky Bowman shined in defeat for Boston College with 23 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block.
Duke 88, Notre Dame 70
This ACC quarterfinal was the Marvin Bagley III show with a Grayson Allen special early on.
Allen took over in the first half by draining five triples on his way to a 17-point opening half, scoring nine consecutive Blue Devils points during one stretch.
A 7-3 edge from beyond the arc in the first 20 minutes gave second-seeded Duke a four-point lead into halftime. The Blue Devils pulled away after the break, extending their lead to as many as 18.
The one-two punch of Allen and Bagley proved to be too much for the Fighting Irish to handle. Not only did Allen set the tone with 23 points, but his star freshman teammate also notched his 20th double-double of the season with 33 points and 17 rebounds.
Senior forward Bonzie Colson had a solid 18 points and nine rebounds for Notre Dame in a losing effort.
A win over the Blue Devils would have gone a long way in boosting the 20-14 Fighting Irish's tournament resume. With the loss, Notre Dame must sweat out Selection Sunday to learn its fate.
North Carolina 82, Miami 65
After Miami spoiled North Carolina's senior night last week, the Tar Heels got revenge on the Hurricanes in the ACC quarterfinals—although the night couldn't have started much worse for them.
Carolina couldn't buy a basket while going 0-of-13 from the floor for the first seven minutes as the 'Canes opened up a 14-0 lead. That prompted Roy Williams to send a message to his starters by making a line change and sending in the second unit.
The Tar Heels responded by immediately going on a 12-2 run and eventually taking their first lead with just under six minutes to play in the opening half.
Given how things started and the fact Joel Berry II and Luke Maye combined to go 2-for-16 during the first 20 minutes, the Tar Heels had to feel very fortunate to enter the break with a one-point lead.
Shots started to drop in the second half for North Carolina, which pulled away down the stretch. Maye (1-of-15) never found his jumper on this night, but he managed to put his shooting struggles to the side and grab 13 boards. Senior Theo Pinson stepped up for his team with a career-high 25 points and 11 rebounds.
The Tar Heels got a bit of a scare when Berry (ankle) and Cameron Johnson (hip) were shaken up in the opening minutes of the second half. However, both were able to return to the court.
After having six players in double figures in their last meeting, Miami had just two players with 10-plus points in this game.
Carolina's victory sets up a rubber match with Duke in the conference semifinals on Friday night.