The third round of the NCAA tournament would be under new management. The brand, as they say, had been refreshed.
The number of first-round upsets tied the 2001 NCAA tournament record, which was highlighted by #2 seed Michigan State's early exit.
Relying on the same balanced scoring that carried them to the NCAA tournament, the No. 15 seed Blue Raiders ended the second-seeded Spartans' title hopes in convincing fashion Friday. They never trailed in a 90-81 first-round victory that sent brackets around the country into trash cans.
No. 7 North Carolina held No. 4 Virginia without a field goal for more than 8 minutes in the second half to break open a back-and-forth Atlantic Coast Conference final, and tournament MVP Joel Berry II scored 19 points Saturday night, giving the Tar Heels a 61-57 victory for their first league title since 2008.
Brogdon scored 17 of his 26 points in the first half and No. 3 Virginia used a 16-5 second-half run to break open a tie game and held off No. 7 North Carolina 79-74 on Saturday night, the Cavaliers' 19th consecutive home victory.