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Tar Heels cruise by Orange; will play Villanova for title

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The North Carolina Tar Heels earned their place in the national championship game with an 83-66 victory over Syracuse on Saturday. The Tar Heels wore down a pesky Orange team at NRG Stadium in Houston and earned their place against the Villanova Wildcats. North Carolina’s tall and strong front line made up for off-target long-range shooting. While the Tar Heels shot only four of 17 from three-point range, they were 35 for 65 overall, many on layups, dunks and put-back.…

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Syracuse shocks Virginia with huge second half comeback

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Sunday’s Midwest Regional final was one of those games that define March Madness. Just when it looks like one team is cruising to the Final Four, the other makes a miraculous comeback. The Syracuse Orange rode a 29-8 run over the final 9:33 to upset ACC foe Virginia, 68-62 in Chicago to steal the Final Four berth. The tenth-seeded Orange played a nearly flawless second half to overhaul the top-seeded Cavaliers and send them home wondering what happened. Syracuse did…

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