Another early exit: Virginia has no answer for athletic Florida State

Even in defeat Tar Heels believe they’re worthy of a No. 1 seed

Even in defeat Tar Heels believe they’re worthy of a No. 1 seed

Long and quick, Florida State excelled at both ends, affecting U.Va. shots near and far.

Jordan Goldwire and Antonio Vrankovic brought a defensive pressure and intensity that helped Duke take control of a game that started with North Carolina pushing the pace and playing at a Tar Heel-friendly tempo. 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. "Just go back, get back to Charlottesville, get back in the gym and get ready for our next game". Reserve guard David Nichols, a 38.5-percent shooter on the season, went 6 for 8 and led four FSU double-figure scorers with 14 points. Over his last four games, Mann is only shooting 16.6% (2-for-12) from beyond the arc.

Even when the Cavaliers did gain possession, Florida State forced almost desperation heaves with the shot clock winding down, with Jerome and Huff both missing badly on three-point attempts. However, they won the game in all the key phases.

Virginia led only briefly in the second half, its last advantage at 45-44 with 13:28 to play.

Barrett was three of six from the free throw line, two of those misses coming as the Blue Devils were up one in the closing seconds.

"We grow from this experience", Bennett said.

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Jones added: "He's a young player and you need to bring young players through carefully". 'We don't need to rush him. I've got him on the right track.


But Virginia seemed a half-step slow Friday, or maybe Florida State was a half-step quicker than usual. As Yahoo Sports' Jeff Eisenberg broke it down, they had the strongest resume of any team in the country entering this week and were tied with Michigan State for the most Quadrant 1 victories in college basketball, with fewer losses than anyone. "They're physical that way".

Phil Cofer added 11 points with two rebounds and one assist for the Seminoles in that one as well. The Seminoles upset No. 2 Virginia in the s first semifinal.

Nichols ended with a game-high 14 points, making 6 of 8 shots.

Williamson explained the series of events after the game, and what was going through his mind when he took what turned out to be the game-winning shot in his first full game against UNC this season.

"It was obvious that our kids were really locked in for this game, and a lot of it is because we have such a tremendous amount of respect for the job that Tony does and the legacy he's built at Virginia", Seminoles Coach Leonard Hamilton said of the ACC coach of the year.

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