FSU upsets No. 2 Virginia in the 2019 ACC Basketball Tournament

Sherman Parsons
March 19, 2019

Florida State and North Carolina both circled the wagons inside the three-point line, daring Duke to beat them with threes, but Williamson's hustle and feel around the basket made both opponents pay for every lapse in that defensive discipline.

North Carolina earned its 17th No. 1 seed, marking the most all time. That's for the committee to decide. "That's incredible. It's the best conference in the country, in my opinion".

"We just have to do better on offense".

The favorites to win it all? Especially playing a second game in 24 hours.

This season, for the first time since its national championship season in 2015, Duke not only starts on the top line, but at the top of the entire bracket.

But just as quickly, UNC turned things around and gained control. Capital One Arena is just 12 miles from College Park and could be the site of rival factions of Duke and Maryland fans if the former ACC rivals both reach the third round. The flaws - poor shot selection, brutal perimeter shooting, a thin bench, the lack of a veteran presence - all seemed so obvious.

"There are some nerves that come into ACC tournament", Duke freshman guard Tre Jones said.

Cameron Johnson chipped in with 14 points - all in the first half - to help the Tar Heels (27-5) extend their winning streak to eight games. With 19 combined dunks and layups, Duke scored 42 points in the paint.

Roy Williams is fond of using golf analogies when describing situations involving his North Carolina basketball team.

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He scored once more, before teeing up Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele to complete the victory. "Sometimes he is just unstoppable".

NC State won the doubles point, but the Cavaliers won four of the five completed singles matches to defeat the Wolfpack. He had a season-high 26 points against the then-No.

Can't shoot from the perimeter? "He's still happy running the team, but he can score and we need that and he knows that better now". "We practice running a lot". "They have confidence in one another".

The Blue Devils (29-5) haven't lost since Williamson returned, rolling through the ACC tourney by beating Syracuse, North Carolina and Florida State.

A week ago, Barrett looked like a lone scorer trying to carry a team on his back.

"I get on him about his shots and I get on him about his turnovers", Williams said.

"We had some chances to win the game, I think we went up [1 point]", the coach recalled, "but Florida State played well, they defended well, they were sound, and tonight they were the tougher team, or more physical, they're physical that way".

Since transferring to UNC before the 2017-18 campaign, Johnson has averaged 14.8 points per game on 41.3 percent from 3-point range, including a 46.9 percent mark from deep this season coming into Thursday's game. In that game, Williamson was forced to leave early with an eye injury, opening the door for fellow freshmen R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish to shine. They faltered, they flinched, they were outplayed for most of the final few minutes of regulation time. Against Duke's backcourt he will once again excel.

Florida State was on the board first with a three and built a 20-10 lead at the 10:19 mark in the first half. "Never. Maybe Villanova past year but they scored inside as well".

LSU WITHOUT WADE: LSU goes into the NCAA Tournament having won nine of 11, but coach Will Wade remains under an indefinite suspension after a report he had been caught on a wiretap talking with a person convicted of funneling money to the families of basketball recruits. But it didn't cement that they'll be climbing another ladder to cut down the nets in Minneapolis.

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