The stage is set for the championship game of the 2019 ACC Tournament after an intense nightcap between the Duke Blue Devils North Carolina Tar Heels. The Florida State Seminoles punched their ticket to the conference championship game earlier in the day with an impressive 69-59 win over the Virginia Cavaliers. In turn, it sets up an intriguing rematch from the regular season.
The Blue Devils, they held off the Tar Heels 74-73, getting some revenge after falling twice to their biggest rival during the regular season. Obviously, both of those games were without freshman phenom Zion Williamson, but the two teams gave us a matchup for the ages on Friday night.
The Seminoles’ return to the ACC title game for the first time since 2012 and are fresh off a season in which they posted a 27-6 record. Equally as impressive is the fact that FSU went 13-5 in conference play, but they were nearly eliminated one day prior against the Virginia Tech Hokies.
During the 65-63 win in the quarterfinals, Florida State advanced thanks to a wild game-winning shot in overtime by Terance Mann. Regardless, they’ve completed the run and now have a chance to win their first conference championship since the aforementioned 2012 season.
On the other side, it was a hard-fought game against UNC which led to Duke advancing. Zion and company went back-and-forth with their rival before Coby White’s game-winner attempt clanked off late. The return of Williamson has been crucial for the Blue Devils, and he’s posted back-to-back huge performances to start the tournament.
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Florida State and Duke met once during the regular season and it was played in Tallahassee. The Blue Devils were 7.5-point favorites but left town with a narrow 80-78 win which they picked up while Zion Williamson was sidelined for the second half while suffering from double vision. Williamson was poked in the eye so played 17 minutes, but FSU held a 39-38 lead at halftime.
RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish led the way in that game as the freshman duo combined for 55 points. Barrett shot 10-of-19 from the field and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc while Reddish caught fire going 9-of-15 and 5-of-8 from deep.
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