2014 ACC Championship: Virginia Title Win Means More Than No. 1 Seed

By Phil Naegely
Virginia Basketball Wins 2014 ACC Championship
John David Mercer-USA Today Sports

After dropping a close decision earlier this season, Virginia came out firing and got revenge defeating Duke 72-63 to win the ACC championship. This adds to being the ACC’s regular season champions as well. With the win, many are wondering if Virginia deserves a No. 1 seed in the 2014 NCAA tournament. Simply put, winning both the ACC Championship and regular season title means more than being a No. 1 seed.

The Cavaliers faced a tough 2014 ACC schedule facing the likes of Duke, North Carolina and others. They loss close games to VCU, Wisconsin and were blown out by Tennessee. However, they learned from those losses and played their best when it mattered down the stretch. I understand they did not face North Carolina or Syracuse in the ACC Championship, but the ACC is filled with many quality teams.

When it comes to the No. 1 seed, many experts are arguing for their worth as one. Let me repeat again. The ACC championship title win means more to UVA. It is the first time the Cavaliers have won it since 1976 and it means a lot to both the team and their fans. Likewise, it’s even more special winning it by beating Coach K and company.

Overall, the No. 1 seed is trivial to UVA’s ACC title win. The title victory gives them momentum heading into the tourney. Their well-coached, great fundamental play led them through the ACC championship games and the same can be said about the NCAA tournament. No matter if they end up a No. 1 or 2 seed, Virginia is poised to make a deep run in the Big Dance due to their ACC success this season.

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