VIRGINIA TECH 72, UNC 59
MARCH 11, 2022
BARCLAYS CENTER, BROOKLYN, NY
UNC Scoring Leader: Armando Bacot 19
UNC Rebound Leader: Bacot 14
UNC Assist Leader: Leaky Black 4, Caleb Love 4
Team Records: UNC 24-9, Virginia Tech 22-12
• Carolina’s season-long winning streak ended after six games.
• Carolina is 105-50 in the ACC Tournament, including 35-18 in the semifinals.
• Carolina drops to 5-3 in Brooklyn in the ACC Tournament, 7-4 in Brooklyn overall and 43-25 all-time in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
• It was Carolina’s third straight loss in the semifinals (2019 vs. Duke, 2021 vs. Florida State and 2022 vs. Virginia Tech).
• Carolina’s 59 points were its fewest since a 58-47 win over Boston College on 1/26/22.
• The 59 points were UNC’s fewest against Virginia Tech since a 62-48 loss in Blacksburg on 12/5/1949.
• Carolina came into the game averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game at a 37.1% clip, but went 3 for 26 (11.5%).
• The three 3FGs were the fewest in a game since a season-low one (in 13 attempts) in the loss to Kentucky on 12/18/21.
• The three 3FGs were the fewest ever in a game in which UNC attempted 25 or more.
• UNC was 9 of 49 from three in the two ACC Tournament games.
• UNC shot under 40 percent from the floor in all four halves in Brooklyn.
• Virginia Tech out-scored Carolina, 12-4, in points off turnovers. The Tar Heels dropped to 7-8 this season when allowing more points off turnovers than they create.
• UNC beat the Hokies twice in the regular season. Carolina has not defeated a team three times in one season since Maryland in 2012-13.
• Armando Bacot led UNC with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
• It was Bacot’s 25th double-double in 33 games this season, extending his UNC single-season record he established in the quarterfinal win over Virginia.
• Bacot is the seventh player in ACC history with at least 25 double-doubles in a season and the third in the last 25 seasons. The others include Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan with 29 in 1996-97, Wake Forest’s Len Chappell with 26 in 1961-62, NC State’s Tom Burleson with 26 in 1973-74, NC State’s Ronnie Shavlik with 25 in 1955-56, Maryland’s Jordan Williams with 25 in 2010-11 and Notre Dame’s John Mooney with 25 in 2019-20.
• Bacot became the second Tar Heel ever with 400 rebounds in a season. He passed Tyler Hansbrough (399 in 2007-08) to move into second place in UNC single-season history with 412. Brice Johnson holds the UNC record with 416 in 2015-16 (accomplished in 40 games). Johnson’s 416 rebounds are the 10th most in ACC single-season history.
• It was the 12th time this season Bacot had 14 or more rebounds.
• Bacot, who leads the ACC in field goal percentage, was 9 for 10 from the floor (.900). It was the third time this season he made 90% or better and sixth time he shot 80% or better in a game with at least 10 attempts.
• Caleb Love was 2 for 2 from the free throw line to move back into first place all-time at UNC in percentage at .850 (181 of 213). Shammond Williams is second at .848.
• Love’s free throw percentage this season is .874, sixth-best by a Tar Heel in any season.
• Carolina is 72-16 against the Hokies, 19-6 since Tech began play in the ACC in 2004-05.
• The Tar Heels had won four in a row and 12 of the previous 14 games vs. Virginia Tech.
• Carolina is 17-4 against the Hokies at neutral sites.
• UNC is 4-1 in the ACC Tournament.