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UNC HC Hubert Davis Endorses Pitt as Tournament Team, Praises Capel

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UNC's coach Hubert Davis talks to his team during a timeout in the ACC Tournament semifinals on Friday, March 15, 2024 at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. (Mitchell Northam / Pittsburgh Sports Now)

WASHINGTON — After North Carolina took down fourth-seed Pitt in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament on Friday night, Tar Heels’ head coach Hubert Davis shared some strong remarks in support of Pitt’s hopes at an NCAA Tournament bid.

During the postgame press conference, one reporter asked Davis about the Panthers’ tournament hopes. The reporter said, “There’s a chance that Pittsburgh doesn’t make the tournament. They’re pretty much right on the edge of the bubble right now. How do you feel about that and kind of the overall state of the ACC on the bubble?”

“Just personally, that just doesn’t make sense at all,” Davis replied. “I don’t care what metric, whatever you look at. There’s no way that you can look at this game and look at Pitt and not say it’s definitively an NCAA Tournament team, and not just an NCAA Tournament team, a team that could go far in the tournament.”

Pitt led by as many as nine points in the first half, taking an early 13-0 run to ignite the Panther fans in attendance. Bub Carrington ran the show for the Panthers, excelling at the point guard position and navigating his way to a team-best 24 points. Guillermo Diaz-Graham also shined for Pitt early on, hitting back-to-back threes to launch Pitt towards a 35-33 lead at halftime. Pitt held North Carolina star RJ Davis to just six points in the first half, with Carrington spending lots of time guarding the conference player of the year.

In the second half, North Carolina began to pull away behind a resurgent Davis as well as a strong Armando Bacot inside. Bacot finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds against the Panthers, while Davis went 8 for 18 from the field to cap off the night with 25 points. Davis hit a late three pointer to bury the Panthers, who tried to battle back into it on the shoulders of Carrington. In addition. Blake Hinson and Ishmael Leggett – who had struggled during the first half to the tune of an 0-10 start to the game, hit big shots late. However, it was too little, too late for Pitt, who fell to the ‘Heels 72-65.

Davis and the Tar Heels advanced to the ACC title game with the win over the Panthers, and will likely earn a No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Despite the battle against a predicted No. 1 seed as well as a strong 22-win season for the Panthers. most bracketologists had Jeff Capel’s squad on the outside looking in as of Friday.

“[Pitt is] Extremely well-coached,” Davis continued. “Coach Capel does a fantastic job. The players that they have on there, not only are they big-time college players, they’ve got future NBA players over there, and they play together as a team. They gave us everything tonight, and for us to come away with the win, we’re very fortunate.”

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Rob Radich
Rob Radich
2 months ago

Did they put Davis on the Committee?

Dixon
Dixon
2 months ago
Reply to  Rob Radich

No, he’s using common sense…committee won’t allow any of that crap to seep into their selection process.

Rob Radich
Rob Radich
2 months ago
Reply to  Dixon

Lol.

Dixon
Dixon
2 months ago
Reply to  Rob Radich

Yeah, common sense…lol. I’m sure the committee members know more about basketball than the head coach of North Carolina.

Rob Radich
Rob Radich
2 months ago
Reply to  Dixon

Keep clutching those pearls! They may get a trip to Dayton for the pre tourney pity party

Dixon
Dixon
2 months ago
Reply to  Rob Radich

Think I’ll skip the pearls and just cross my fingers instead.

GFF
GFF
2 months ago
Reply to  Rob Radich

Wouldn’t that be nice?…Along with all of the impartial has-beens and talking heads on the ACC Network…

Cignetti & Friends
Cignetti & Friends
2 months ago

Regardless of Pitt, when you look at teams like Indiana State & St Mary’s with high NET ratings and examine their schedules and who they played. The utter sham of NET is exposed.

Rob Radich
Rob Radich
2 months ago

lol

Adam
Adam
2 months ago

Pitt is out with the NC State win, sorry ‘die hards.’

GFF
GFF
2 months ago

I wonder if Hubie thinks NCSt is a Tournament team.
Do you think a State beat-writer will ask him?

Last edited 2 months ago by GFF
JumpingJohnnie
JumpingJohnnie
2 months ago

PITT is clearly one of best 64 teams in the Country HANDS DOWN!, I believe they’re ranked in the Top 35, so why aren’t they in the Tourney? Automatic bids for cinderellas who luck up and win their conference tourney is the real problem, they should have Tourney play in games for that group so they won’t just steal a slot from a team like PITT who finished 4th place in a major Power 5 conference and accomplished everything necessary to be rewarded an outright bid. The Committee rely on too many flawed metrics instead of inviting the 64 best… Read more »

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