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A wild and unpredictable weekend even by the NCAA tournament's wacky standards claimed a few more unsuspecting victims on Sunday. This March, it is the nothing new. But Virginia, a No. 1 seed and the ACC champion, had no intention of seeing its memorable season come to an abrupt end in a third-round game against No. 8 seed Memphis at PNC Arena.
Malcolm Brogdon talked before No. 12 Virginia's final home game about making it a success for seniors Joe Harris, Akil Mitchell and even former walk-on Thomas Rogers, the first building blocks in Tony Bennett's remaking of the Cavaliers.
Jim Boeheim had no concerns when No. 12 Virginia pounded the ball inside to Akil Mitchell and Mike Tobey in the first half against Syracuse's zone.
As it has so often this season, Virginia took command with a second-half spree fed in part by its defense, and in part by a celebrating sell-out crowd, many of whom stood throughout the second half.
Joe Harris scored 16 points, including a critical 3-pointer with about three minutes left, and No. 17 Virginia won its ninth straight Atlantic Coast Conference game for the first time in 32 years with a 63-58 victory over Clemson on Saturday.
Virginia stayed perfect in the Atlantic Coast Conference by polishing off a day for the Tobacco Road schools that was decidedly imperfect.
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Mike Tobey's tip-in with 1:46 to play in overtime gave Virginia the lead and it held on to beat Maryland 61-58, giving the Cavaliers what they hope will be a push back into the field in the minds of bracketologists around the country.
Akil Mitchell added 14 points for Virginia, including an 18-foot jumper that put them ahead to stay, as the second-stingiest defense in the country put the clamps on.