The ACC tournament will starts Tuesday in Greensboro. Here is a capsule look at the teams:
No. 1 Virginia
Record: 28-2 overall, 16-2 ACC
Coach: Tony Bennett (4-4 ACC tournament)
Key player: Sophomore guard London Perrantes (6.3 ppg, 4.7 apg)
Key question: Can the Cavaliers repeat without their best player?
Plus: The Cavaliers have been there, done that. Unlike last season’s group, which hadn’t tasted postseason success – Bennett had been just 1-4 in the ACC tournament and the school hadn’t won the ACC title since 1976 – this group has last year’s championship experience to draw on.
Plus, the way Virginia wants to win, with a grinding defense, the Cavaliers are suited perfectly for the half-court nature of the postseason.
Minus: Junior wing Justin Anderson was tearing up anything in his path before he broke a finger on his shooting hand Feb. 7. He was expected back for Saturday’s game at Louisville but had an appendectomy, so his status is unclear.
Anderson already was the perfect fit for Bennett’s system with his athleticism and tenacity on defense. With his shooting improvement this season, 48.4 percent from 3-point range up almost 20 percentage points, he had become one of the best players in college basketball.
The Cavaliers went 7-1 without ...