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UVA Ousted 75-56 By NC State In ACC Tournament

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The Virginia men's basketball team lost 75-56 against NC State in the second round of the ACC Tournament Friday.

The Cavaliers haven't advanced to the conference tournament semifinals since 1995.

The 19 point loss is the Wahoos most lopsided defeat this season.

UVA scored the first basket of the game against the Wolfpack, and that was its only lead of the match.

Head coach Tony Bennett says, "We missed a few easy ones. A couple of turnovers. They obviously had some good looks. Every time we tried to make a mini-run, if you want to call it that, they would answer with a big three, a big shot, or we'd have a breakdown."

Junior Akil Mitchell led Virginia with 19 points and 8 rebounds.

Scott Wood had a game-high 23 points for NC State, while making 7-of-12 three-pointers.

Junior Joe Harris was held to 13 points on 4-of-13 shooting from the floor for the Wahoos.

"Whenever you have a rough shooting night, it's obviously frustrating, but you can't let it affect the other areas of your game," says Harris. "This is a tough game overall for us. I felt like NC State did a really good job. They showed how talented they are. They capitalized on a lot of our mistakes."

Senior point guard Jontel Evans says, "We let our offense dictate our defense. Just because we didn't shoot the ball well, we weren't getting back on defense, either. We were letting guys get to the basket at will. We weren't getting back in transition, and they annihilated us on the glass. We can't play like that. We have to be on our 'A' game for the full forty minutes."

UVA must now wait for Selection Sunday to learn their NCAA Tournament fate.

Virginia (21-11, 11-7 ACC) has wins against Duke, North Carolina, and NC State at home, as well as a victory at Wisconsin.

The 'Hoos do have seven losses against teams ranked outside the RPI top 100.

No team with that many "bad" losses has received an at-large bid in twenty-years.

Mitchell says, "I think we deserve a shot. With Jontel coming back, a couple of those bad losses look a little better than they probably should have. I feel like we've got some good wins, but we'll see."

"Definitely a little nervous," says freshman center Mike Tobey. "I'm hoping we get in.  I think we should, definitely. We have a lot of big wins. I know we have some bad losses, but hopefully the committee can see past that."

The NCAA Tournament bracket will be announced Sunday at 6pm.

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