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Game Thread: UNC vs Virginia

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ACC Semifinals: #5 North Carolina vs #1 Virginia, 7:00 PM, ESPN/ACC Network

UNC got the proverbial monkey of its back by taking care of business in a close game against a good team. Now the Tar Heels get a chance to prove something against the best defense in the country. At stake is a trip to the ACC title game which would be UNC's fourth in five years.

Also on the radar is NCAA Tournament seeding. Because both Duke and Virginia could end up as #1 seeds and UNC is hovering around the #4 or #5 seed, that leaves only two possible regions the Heels conceivably could go. The one with Kentucky as the #1 seed and the other one that is current tracking to have Villanova atop the region. Louisville also is being projected for a #4 or #5 so someone is going to end up in Kentucky's region. UNC winning this game might be critical in avoiding that region.

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