Seniors were honored. And even on an off night, their sophomore leader secured a final home victory.
North Carolina alternated between dominant and mistake-prone against its fiercest rival, flirting with both a blowout win and a crushing loss all in one half.
The chant started when Ron Baker walked toward the Wichita State bench for the final time, and reached a crescendo when he popped the front of his jersey — No. 31.
Malcolm Brogdon talked before No. 12 Virginia's final home game about making it a success for seniors Joe Harris, Akil Mitchell and even former walk-on Thomas Rogers, the first building blocks in Tony Bennett's remaking of the Cavaliers.
Coach Jim Larranaga wanted Miami to keep taking the ball to the rim. The Hurricanes did, and it led to their best offensive day of the season.
North Carolina's 11th straight victory gave the Tar Heels one of the top four seeds in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and a bye through to the quarterfinals.
The winner of this matchup of the league's top two teams will have the inside track to the No. 1 seed in the ACC tournament. Expect a tight, low-scoring game.
For Duke, the spring game is a misnomer.
London Perrantes has earned rave reviews all over the ACC for his poise as a freshman point guard for No. 12 Virginia.
Marcus Paige hit a driving basket with 0.9 seconds left to cap a career night and help No. 19 North Carolina beat North Carolina State 85-84 in overtime on Wednesday.