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

Zion Williamson

Zion Williamson

The Blue Devils have recorded two wins in the tournament as well, taking out Syracuse on Thursday and North Carolina in a tight 74-73 win on Friday.

"He put on his Superman jersey", UNC coach Roy Williams said.

The Seminoles didn't forget that loss and they responded by holding UVA to just 5-24 shooting from the 3-point line to upset the top seeded Cavaliers 69-59. The Seminoles built a 35-31 at halftime behind the inside play of Koumadje, who had seven points and nine rebounds in the first half after registering just two points and two rebounds in a 65-52 loss to Virginia earlier this season.

North Carolina led by 13 in the first half and 71-67 with less than three minutes left but couldn't hold on.

Phil Cofer added 11 points with two rebounds and one assist for the Seminoles in that one as well. They both looked the part, too - down to Duke's final punch that finally secured a ticket to the tournament final.

Zion Williamson's return to the Duke Blue Devils' lineup has been nothing short of awe-inspiring, his every whim cross-inspected by ball fans anxious an injury could derail the promise of a storied National Basketball Association career.

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"I mean it was tough watching the first two (Duke-UNC) games, wishing I could go to war with them", said Williamson, who was hurt in the opening minute of the first meeting February 20.

Duke: This tournament has largely been about Williamson's return from the injury that had sidelined him for almost six full games, and what it means for the Blue Devils going forward.

Florida State (27-6) was in control from the start. The Blue Devils will very likely be playing for the chance to claim the top overall seed in the NCAA tournament should they win, meaning they would get a favorable road to Minneapolis, first playing in Columbia, S.C., before traveling to Washington for the East Regional.

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.

Seminoles reserve guard David Nichols in particular was able to exploit his matchup against diminutive Virginia guard Kihei Clark, a freshman.

Not quite, but to be sure, this was of the mild variety, simply because the Cavaliers, still destined for a No. 1 seed in next week's NCAA tournament, have been so consistent.

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