The Aztecs, who haven't won a tournament championship since 2011, will play in the title game for the fourth time in five years, and eighth time in 10 seasons.
"What it says is, 'It's a good and precious thing when brothers dwell together in unity. It's like a fine oil poured upon your head", Bennett told his team. "Playing here all of the time and then for them to come in and win [was special]". That's what sets this team apart.
"They're so unified. They're so unselfish. It's a blessing to be a part of this".
Villanova's Jalen Brunson, left, celebrates with Donte DiVincenzo after the team's NCAA college basketball game against Providence in the Big East men's tournament final Saturday, March 10, 2018, in NY. But let's be real.
Graham capped it with a fadeaway baseline jumper over Carter and an open 3 from the wing, forcing West Virginia coach Bob Huggins to call timeout with his team trailing 73-66 with 3:49 to go.
"My team is getting better", Williams said after Saturday's championship game loss to No. 1 Virginia.
"I don't think it's just going to be a little blip on the radar", said John Tauer, the championship-winning coach at Division III St. Thomas in Minnesota, who doubles as a social psychology professor.
Perhaps this was Virginia's version of a not so silent protest; a way of showing that a university located in Charlottesville can be an example of excellence.
The win ends an eight-game losing streak to the Gators for the sixth-seeded Razorbacks (23-10), who are now 5-1 against ranked opponents this season and advance to face No. 13 Tennessee on Saturday. "I think we're much better prepared for the NCAA Tournament than we were a month ago, and these two games will help us, even though we lost (Friday night) and could have played better".
How they make a run: The Tar Heels control the pace and work it inside to Maye or run it through the high post to Theo Pinson, and Roy Williams brings home consecutive NCAA tournament titles.
Nonetheless, the Tar Heels can leave Brooklyn feeling good about their visit. Their six national championships and 123 NCAA Tournament victories are also the most of any team in the ACC.
But more often than not, North Carolina is a two-headed attack hoping one of the other options steps up. Boeheim expects that Sidibe will be fully healthy for his sophomore year after needed treatment on his ailing knee, which Boeheim said does not project to be "a big fix". With four freshmen starters, the Blue Devils might have the most talented team in the country. "There's nobody that has more respect and admiration for the way another coach coaches than what I feel for Tony Bennett". North Carolina wants to push the ball on every touch. "It speaks to this group and how tough we are". "We've been battling all season". "We're optimistic about what I can do".
"I look at these kind of wins on Sundays like, these are kind of character wins", UNC coach Mike Fox said.
After eliminating Syracuse from the ACC tournament, and perhaps keeping them from making the NCAA tournament, Williams commented on how his Tar Heels were able to anticipate what the Orange wanted to do so easily. It's a team that has appeared in three of the last five ACC title games and won two of them.