No. 12 Florida State beats No. 2 Virginia in ACC semifinals

Rex Christensen
March 17, 2019

Florida State is 16-16-1 against the spread so far, while Duke is 17-15-1 ATS. Duke would win its first NCAA title two days later.

As the Seminoles now prepare to take on either No. 3 North Carolina or No. 5 Duke in the championship game, the Cavaliers will rest up and await the bracket for the NCAA Tournament to be revealed. I'm going to give you three reasons the Noles could win the game and become ACC Tournament Champions. The Seminoles (27-6) will play either No. 3 North Carolina or No. 5 Duke on Saturday night.

Ties a school record for wins in a single season.

Virginia will now await whether they will be a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

"It did disrupt us a little bit, and we'll watch the tape and I think it was very evident what we needed to fix and we'll be ready come next week", Guy said. We've played more games and [have] more experience. I mean, that's part of the journey we're on. During the past two years, the SportsLine Projection Model has returned over $4,000 to $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks.

Ty Jerome had another tough outing in Charlotte, shooting just 4 of 13 from the field and 2 of 9 from 3-point range.

With a chance to play in the ACC Tournament final on the line, No. 2 Virginia fell to No. 12 Florida State.

Either way, the Louisville Cardinals will be dancing again without question, and all the credit in the world should go to Coach Mack and the team for silencing the doubters and getting it done this season. Senior big man Antonio Vrankovic was not expecting to play.

In FSU's win overtime win against Virginia Tech, it was Devin Vassell and Terance Mann.

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The custom white and blue Nikes he wore for his return feature Duke's logo on the back. Fast forward to the rematch and the Seminoles shot 56.5% for the game and outrebounded UVA 36-20.

In fact, with that starting five on the court, Duke has just one loss all season - to another likely 1 seed, Gonzaga, by two points in November.

Florida State broke it open midway through the second half with a 13-1 run led by Nichols, a graduate transfer who scored on a drive, a low post move, and a turnaround jumper during the stretch.

For Williamson, everything started with a quarterfinal win against Syracuse, with Williamson going for 29 points on 13-for-13 shooting in his first game back.

"Nichols was so good tonight", Bennett added.

"We didn't really have time to get it where we wanted to get it, the screen where we wanted to get the screen, because of time".

"I'm not really anxious about that. But I slipped, and then I had to throw something up and it just didn't fall", White said. They had to respect his lobs. And yet there were moments - lots of them, actually - when it just didn't matter. The Blue Devils beat the Seminoles 80-78 in their regular season meeting. "But one thing about respect is you have to go earn it".

"Sometimes you may not get the proper respect", Hamilton said. "Our guys are best suited for the way we're playing. They have confidence in one another". They play with an unselfish spirit. It's tough, but we've just got to get better.

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