FSU Basketball: 3 reasons Noles can beat Duke in ACC Tournament

17 March, 2019, 06:54 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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Duke will face Florida State in the Finals.

In true blue fashion, Zion Williamson never entertained the idea of an injury shutdown, instead focusing on riding out the NCAA Season with his teammates and a National Championship win. Coby White launched a contested long jumper against Tre Jones, but the ball bounced out as Nassir Little crashed the glass for a tip attempt as the horn sounded. "I think we'll be just fine". For that to be such a close game, it just shows, in my opinion, we're two of the best teams in the country. They have a flawless mixture of talent, experience, and great guard play which I think are the 3 things needed to have success in March.

One of those plays was a missed go-ahead attempt by Johnson with 18 seconds left, a step-back three that Tar Heel fans - and Johnson himself - have grown accustomed to seeing him make.

Were the Cavaliers flawless against a very good FSU team?

No Seminole averages more than 13 points a game, and none made any of the three All-ACC teams - Mfiondu Kabengele was the Sixth Man of the Year - but nine played at least 11 minutes Friday.

"When the shot left my hand, I could have swore it went down", Johnson said. Larry Miller was the UNC workhorse and the tournament MVP, hitting 13 of 14 shots in scoring 32 points against the Blue Devils in the final. "He's able to guard anybody when we switch, and he's on the boards always".


UNC: The Tar Heels had claimed their first regular-season sweep of the Blue Devils since 2009, a year that ended with Roy Williams claiming his second NCAA championship. And his success in the paint overshadowed RJ Barrett's 5-of-15 shooting night.

While falling short in the ACC Tournament is likely disappointing for a team that has been among the elite in college basketball this season, the good news is that Virginia's body of work this year will nearly certainly prevent it from losing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

"He's a good player", Maye said of Williamson. The Blue Devils have just one loss with their full starting five on the court, and that makes a strong case for the NCAA tournament selection committee to put them on the top line and send them to nearby Columbia, South Carolina - just down the road from Williamson's hometown of Spartanburg.

"These two guys have an unbelievable will to win", Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said of Williamson and Barrett, "and it makes us coaches look a lot better". However, they won the game in all the key phases.

"We had a lot of breakdowns and things that if you want to win just can't happen", said All-ACC forward De'Andre Hunter, Virginia's leading scorer Friday with 13 points.

"These two guys are terrific and (I'm) really amazed at how many minutes they play", Krzyzewski said.

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