Through an intensely fought first twenty minutes of the 2016 ACC Tournament championship game, Virginia and North Carolina have given exactly as closely matched a game as the experts predicted. Neither team holds an edge on the scoreboard as the first stanza closes tied at 28 all.
Malcolm Brogdon has 10 points for the Cavaliers, but Devon Hall has been the surprise spark. Hall has hit all three shots from the field and provided 7 points while UNC was locking down Brogdon. Marial Shayok has provided several high-wire highlights, including a baseline drive for a big one-handed slam. Shayok leads the Hoos in rebounds with 3.
Brice Johnson leads Carolina's rebounding (6) and assists (3), while Joel Berry II has been the Heels' leading scorer with 8.
Turnovers have been a huge asset to Virginia through twenty minutes. Carolina committed 8 in the first half, including several close together that let the Hoos build their largest lead at six points.
Only six total fouls have been called, and Kennedy Meeks is the only player for either team with more than one.