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No. 2 Virginia in firm control as ACC enters stretch run

The Atlantic Coast Conference's stretch run looks more like a coronation than a race.

Second-ranked Virginia has all but wrapped up the league's regular-season championship and could rise to No. 1 in the Top 25 on Monday for the first time since the Ralph Sampson era. The rest of the league is far behind — No. 16 Clemson is the closest at three games back — and playing for postseason positioning amid a jumbled mess in the standings with roughly three weeks left.

Consider: six teams are within two games of the second-place Tigers in the loss column, including No. 9 Duke, No. 21 North Carolina and No. 25 Miami.

"Somebody is going to come out of that pack,"...