TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- North Carolina's depth proved to be too much for North Carolina State's determination.
Shrugging off eight years of frustration in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, the eighth-ranked Tar Heels beat their Tobacco Road rivals 89-80 Sunday for their first league title since 1998.Brandan Wright and Wayne Ellington scored 16 apiece, Tyler Hansbrough went 11-for-11 from the foul line to finish with 15, and Reyshawn Terry and Ty Lawson added 13 each to give Roy Williams about the only thing that was missing from his resume as a head coach.
In winning their 16th ACC tournament title, tied with Duke for the most in conference, the Tar Heels (28-6) likely also nailed down a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
North Carolina State (18-15) reached the title game with an improbable run that included upsets of second-seeded Virginia, third-seeded Virginia Tech and defending champion Duke, which had won seven of the previous eight ACC titles.
Good for the Heels. Either Carolina or Florida will in the Big Dance.