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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Wake's ACC Title Earns a Seed

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Every basketball player who has ever dribbled a ball or attempted a jump shot dreams about that sublime moment when everything is on the line, when every eye in the arena is on him, when everyone knows he is going to take the shot. And when he does take the shot, he is going to make it and his team is going to win.

That is the dream. More often than not, reality is cruelly different.

Sunday, with every set of eyes at Greensboro Coliseum squarely on him, Wake Forest senior guard Randolph Childress made the dream reality.

His 12-foot running jump shot with four seconds left in overtime gave Wake Forest its first Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship in 33 years as the Demon Deacons beat North Carolina, 82-80, in a game that was as dramatic as its ending.

"I've waited a long time for this and so has Wake Forest,'' Childress said, the net through which his winning basket had sunk looped around his neck. "I'm not even sure where to begin. All I know is, from now on, when people ask me when the last time Wake Forest won the ACC tournament was, I can say, 'Today.' ''

Childress scored 37 points against the No. 2-ranked Tar Heels, giving him 107 points for the three-game tournament and breaking a 38-year-old record held by North Carolina's Lennie Rosenbluth.

Key among other top teams is UCLA, which last won the U.S. college basketball championship 20 years ago in coach John Wooden's last game, was made a No. 1 seed Sunday in the NCAA tournament along with Kentucky, Wake Forest and Kansas.

The Bruins go into the tournament as the top team in The Associated Press poll and it's the first time they've gone in ranked No. 1. since winning the title in 1975 when Wooden took the last of his 10 championships in 12 years.

In all 10 of those title runs UCLA entered the tournament ranked No. 1.

The Bruins, the Pacific 10 (Pac-10) conference champion and the No. 1 seed in the West regional, play their first game Friday against Florida International, winners of the Trans America Athletic Conference with an 11-18 record.

The NCAA tournament, also known by American basketball fans as March Madness, is a 64-team, single-elimination or knockout tournament, divided into four regions that begins Thursday and will conclude April 1-3 with the Final Four, the semifinals and final, in Seattle.

Kentucky was made the No. 1 seed in the Southeast region after defeating Arkansas 95-93 in overtime to win the Southeastern Conference (SEC) championship. Kansas was the top seed in the Midwest despite losing in the Big Eight conference tournament. And Wake Forest headed the East region.

Kentucky plays Mount St. Mary's of Maryland, while Kansas takes on Colgate and Wake Forest plays North Carolina A-and-T, all on Thursday.

Three of the four No. 1 seeds went to schools with long histories of success in the NCAA tournament. UCLA has a record 10 national titles, while Kentucky's five titles is tied for second-best with Indiana. Kansas has won the NCAA championship twice.

The No. 2 seed in the East went to Atlantic 10 Conference (A10) champion Massachusetts. The second seed in the Southeast was North Carolina, while defending champion Arkansas got the No. 2 seed in the Midwest. Connecticut, which lost the Big East Conference title game to Villanova, will travel to the West regional as the No. 2 seed. The Big Ten Conference led the way among conferences with six teams making the tournament. The SEC, Big Eight and Pac-10 each had five tournament teams while the ACC and Big East got four bids.

(AP, Reuters, Washington Post)