Florida State won their first ever ACC title, beating North Carolina 85-82. CineSport's Noah Coslov discusses the game with the Orlando Sentinel's Coley Harvey and staff columnist Scott Fowler.
Tournament MVP Michael Snaer scored 18 points as third-seeded Florida State beat top-seeded North Carolina 85-82 for their very first ACC championship on Sunday.
He spoke of becoming a winning program in the ACC, and about winning championships. He spoke of moments like the ones his team experienced here on Sunday, when Florida State held off North Carolina in an 85-82 victory in the ACC tournament championship game.
The victory gave the third-seeded Seminoles (24-9) their first ACC men’s basketball championship of any kind.
North Carolina and Florida St. will meet in the ACC Championship Sunday. CineSport's Noah Coslov previews the game with UNC beat writer Andrew Carter and the Orlando Sentinel's Coley Harvey.
Florida State lost a 10-point lead in the second half before recovering to beat Duke 62-59 on Saturday, sending the Seminoles to reach only the second ACC tournament championship game in the program's history.
Updated 7:54 p.m.
DURHAM -- In the dying seconds of Duke’s 76-73 loss to Florida State on Saturday, Austin Rivers drove to the basket on an isolation play and made one the biggest baskets of his fledgling college career to tie the score.
The Duke freshman had the chance to enjoy his heroics for all of 4.9 seconds.
“You hit a shot like that, and then …” Rivers said, reminiscing for a sweet half-second before catching himself.
“Someone got open.”
Michael Snaer was that someone.
DURHAM -- The last time N.C. State and Florida State tangled in the ACC baseball tournament, a championship was at stake.
That was a year ago, when the Seminoles topped the Wolfpack in the title game in Greensboro.
The two went at it again Wednesday night with a lot less on the line. But both teams wanted to win badly, to get off to a good start in this year's ACC tournament at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
This time, it was the Pack's turn. Junior righthander Cory Mazzoni baffed the Seminoles on the mound, striking out nine in seven innings, and second baseman Matt Bergquist slugged a two-run homer as State won 7-0.
GREENSBORO -- North Carolina hung tough on the boards, made its free throws and outlasted a physical Florida State team on Friday night, pulling out a taxing 78-65 victory at Greensboro Coliseum.
The No. 6 Tar Heels (24-7), having ended the regular season with a four-game losing streak, have awakened in the conference tournament, upsetting the No. 3 seed Seminoles and advancing to the semifinals for the 26th time in program history. They will face No. 2 Miami Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Another clutch shot for Harrison Barnes.
Another down-to-the-wire victory for North Carolina at the Tucker Center.
Barnes – an ACC Rookie of the Year favorite who had previously made four go-ahead and/or game-winning shots this season – added a fifth to his tally Wednesday night, swishing a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 3.1 seconds left to beat Florida State 72-70.
The 13th-ranked Tar Heels (23-6, 13-2 ACC) now have won six games in a row; and if they stretch their streak to seven against Duke on Saturday, they will secure the ACC regular season title and earn the top seed in next week’s conference tournament.
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CHAPEL HILL – This was Kendall Marshall’s game.
And now, no doubt, this is Kendall Marshall’s team.
Two days after North Carolina point guard Larry Drew II inexplicably opted to transfer away from his team at mid-ACC-season, the 23rd-ranked Tar Heels did not miss a beat. Led by 16 assists from Marshall – a new freshman record, and the most ever by a Tar Heel in an ACC game -- UNC shredded through Florida State’s top-ranked defense on Sunday and blew out the Seminoles 89-69 at the Smith Center.