The Latest: UNC, Notre Dame tight, unlike last time

Players on Virginia bench react during the second half of a college basketball game against Iowa State in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament, Friday, March 25, 2016, in Chicago. Virginia won 84-71. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, with games Sunday in Chicago and Philadelphia (all times Eastern):

9:15 p.m.

This is Notre Dame-North Carolina? The last time these two teams played each other, the Tar Heels crushed the Irish 78-47 in the ACC Tournament semifinal just two weeks ago.

North Carolina scored 24 consecutive points over a 9 1/2-minute span bridging halftime to put the game away.

Both teams insisted the Elite Eight matchup would not be another blowout.

So far, they're right.

The Irish led 19-18 and made 7 of 10 shots to keep this one close early.

-Dan Gelston reporting from Philadelphia.

8:55 p.m.

North Carolina and Notre Dame have tipped in their Elite Eight game.

The winner will face Syracuse (23-13) in the Final Four.

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey joked the Irish don't lose on Good Friday or Easter Sunday.

The Tar Heels have played in a record 18 Final Fours. The Irish are trying to advance to the Final Four for the first time since 1978.

– Dan Gelston reporting from Philadelphia.

8:50 p.m.

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey is wearing a walking boot on his right foot for the East Regional final.

Brey pulled a calf muscle in his right leg during Friday's win over Wisconsin. He had the boot on Saturday and used a golf cart for transportation around the cavernous Wells Fargo Center.

Brey hoped to team doctors would let him wear his regular shoe on Sunday against top-seeded North Carolina.

''Once the game starts, I'm moving pretty good. I'll do whatever,'' Brey said Saturday. ''Maybe I just need a seatbelt on the bench. I've got to remember I'm not the 41-year-old guy who got the job in 2000. I need to sit down more.''

– Dan Gelston reporting from Philadelphia.

8:20 p.m.

Malachi Richardson scored 23 points and Syracuse went on a huge run in the second half to beat top-seeded Virginia 68-62 in the Midwest Regional final of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night.

The Orange advanced to their first Final Four since 2013 and sixth overall thanks to a big surge down the stretch. They scored 15 straight to turn a nine-point deficit into a 64-58 lead with 3:27 remaining and hung on in the closing minutes.

Malcolm Brogdon hit two free throws for Virginia to make it 64-62 with 27 seconds left, but the Cavaliers simply couldn't wipe out the deficit.

Syracuse's Michael Gbinje made one of two free throws and Tyler Lydon hit two more to make it 67-62 with nine seconds left.

– Andrew Seligman reporting from Chicago.

8:15 p.m.

Syracuse is headed to the Final Four after being one of the last teams to make the NCAA Tournament, beating Virginia 68-62 on Sunday night.

Virginia missed a 3-pointer with the chance to tie the game with about 10 seconds left and Syracuse grabbed a rebound, making its free throws to ice the game.

Virginia is the third No. 1 seed to go down in the Elite Eight round this NCAA Tournament.

8:03 p.m.

Syracuse is on a big run and just might be closing in on the Final Four.

The Orange have scored 15 straight to turn a nine-point deficit into a 64-58 lead with 3:27 remaining.

Malachi Richardson and Tyler Lydon nailed back-to-back 3-pointers to start it. Michael Gbinije scored on a layup and Richardson converted one of his own to give Syracuse a 59-58 lead.

Richardson added another 3 and scored on a put-back with 3:27 left to make it 64-58, delighting Syracuse fans.

– Andrew Seligman reporting from Chicago.

7:55 p.m.

As Syracuse pushes Virginia, Notre Dame and North Carolina players are both watching while they warm up for their game in Philadelphia.

Notre Dame players are stretching on the floor with large green bands, looking upward at a large screen above the Wells Fargo Center floor showing the other Elite Eight game from Chicago.

North Carolina players are craning their necks to catch glimpses of the game as they shoot around and do warmup runs from the baseline to half court.

7:45 p.m.

London Perrantes scored 15 points and Virginia led Syracuse 51-37 midway through the second half of the Midwest Regional final of the NCAA Tournament.

Perrantes went on a tear in the first half, nailing five 3-pointers as the Cavaliers grabbed a 14-point lead. They were up 16 early in the second when the Orange started to chip away at it.

Syracuse's Tyler Lydon cut the lead to 39-32 with a 3 just over five minutes into the half, capping a 9-2 spurt.

Virginia got it back up to double digits before Malachi Richardson nailed another one for the Orange. But the Cavaliers' Malcolm Brogdon answered with one of his own and Darius Thompson hit from long range to make it 51-37.

That made Virginia 7 of 17 on 3s. Syracuse was 3 of 13.

– Andrew Seligman reporting from Chicago.

7:30 p.m.

Don't count out the Orange just yet.

Trevor Cooney had a driving layup tipped in by an opposing player and scored on a reverse layup to pull Syracuse within 39-29 just over four minutes into the second half of the Midwest Regional final against Virginia.

– Andrew Seligman reporting from Chicago.

7:05 p.m.

Virginia could be just 20 minutes away from its third Final Four.

London Perrantes nailed five 3-pointers and scored 15 points to carry the top-seeded Cavaliers to a 35-21 halftime lead.

The Cavaliers missed their first six shots. Perrantes nailed a 3 to end the drought and start a barrage that saw him hit 5 of 7 from long range in the half.

He had the Virginia fans roaring in the final minute when he buried one from well beyond the top of the key to make it 35-21. And they were chanting ''UVA! UVA!'' as Syracuse committed a shot-clock violation in the closing seconds.

That ended a rather sloppy half that saw both teams commit seven turnovers and Syracuse struggle the whole way on offense. The Orange shot just 8 of 26 and missed 8 of 9 3-pointers, whether it was because of Virginia's defense, a lack of calls from the officials or just being off target.

– Andrew Seligman reporting from Chicago.

6:50 p.m.

London Perrantes is doing all he can to lead Virginia to its third Final Four.

The junior has 12 points 4-of-6 3-point shooting, and the Cavaliers lead Syracuse 28-16 with 3:38 left in the first half on Sunday night.

– Andrew Seligman reporting from Chicago.

6:35 p.m.

With six turnovers apiece, Virginia and Syracuse are having trouble hanging on to the ball and it's not because of great defense.

It's sloppiness.

Even so, the Cavaliers lead 17-10 with 7:33 left. London Perrantes has nine points for Virginia, which is just 5 of 14 from the field.

Syracuse is 5 of 19 and 0 of 6 on 3-pointers.

– Andrew Seligman reporting from Chicago.

6:30 p.m.

London Perrantes hit two 3-pointers and top-seeded Virginia leads Syracuse 11-8 with less than 12 minutes left in the first half Sunday night.

The Cavaliers missed their first six shots and trailed 8-2 before Perrantes nailed a 3. He hit another one seven minutes into the game, and ACC Player of the Year Malcolm Brogdon added a three-point play to give Virginia an 11-8 lead.

– Andrew Seligman reporting from Chicago.

6:20 p.m.

Not much offense so far between Virginia and Syracuse.

Syracuse leads Virginia 4-2 just over four minutes into the Midwest Regional final and neither team is shooting well.

The Orange are 2 of 6, with a layup from Michael Gbinije and a dunk by Tyler Roberson. The Cavaliers are 0 for 5, with Anthony Gill making two free throws.

– Andrew Seligman reporting from Chicago.

6:10 p.m.

Syracuse and Virginia have tipped in their Elite Eight game.

The winner will face the Notre Dame-North Carolina winner on Saturday in the Final Four.

Syracuse is wearing its bold orange uniforms while Virginia – which also uses orange in its color scheme – is wearing white.

5:40 p.m.

Virginia beat Syracuse at home in late January. Of course, the stakes are much higher this time.

This is the third NCAA Tournament meeting between the schools and second with a trip to the Final Four on the line.

Virginia knocked off Syracuse in the 1984 East Regional final, and with Derrick Coleman leading the way, the Orange beat the Cavaliers in the second round in 1990.

Top-seeded Virginia is eyeing its third Final Four and third straight 30-win season. Tenth-seeded Syracuse, which rallied to beat Gonzaga 63-60 Friday and set up an ACC rematch, is trying to reach its first Final Four since 2013 and sixth overall. It also made it in 1975, 1987, 1996 and 2003.

– Andrew Seligman reporting from Chicago.

5:30 p.m.

After 62 games in the NCAA Tournament, it's time to determine the last two spots in the Final Four.

Two regional final games are set for Sunday night, with No. 10 seed Syracuse playing No. 1 seed Virginia in Chicago then No. 6 Notre Dame taking on No. 1 North Carolina in Philadelphia.

Virginia and North Carolina are trying to avoid what happened to the other No. 1 seeds: Kansas and Oregon were eliminated in the first Elite Eight games on Saturday night.

The winners Sunday will join Oklahoma and Villanova in the Final Four in Houston.