Virginia loses to Florida State in ACC tournament
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One of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s regular-season champions is not going to take house the postseason crown.
No. 2 Virginia misplaced for simply the 3rd time this season, falling to No. 13 Florida State 69-59 in the ACC tournament semifinals.
Leonard Hamilton’s Seminoles, who’re in the hunt for their first convention tournament identify since 2012, used a lights-out taking pictures efficiency to upend the stingy Cavaliers. Florida State shot 56.five p.c from the sector.
David Nichols led Florida State in scoring with 14 issues off the bench. Fellow senior Phil Cofer joined him in double figures with 11 whilst Trent Forrest added 10 and Mfiondu Kabengele 10.
Nichols helped key a 13-1 second-half Florida State run that noticed Virginia move scoreless from the sector for almost 6½ mins.
A Virginia staff this is generally nice at the back of the arc (it entered tied for moment in the country at .416 share from Three) struggled, hitting simply five of its 24 pictures from Three-point vary (20.eight p.c).
De’Andre Hunter and Kyle Guy led the best way for the Hoos with 13 and 11 issues, respectively. Ty Jerome completed with 10.
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Virginia (29-Three) break up the regular-season ACC identify with No. Three North Carolina (although the Cavs claimed the No. 1 ACC tournament seed), and its best two prior losses got here towards No. five Duke. Still, for a program having a look to conquer final yr’s ancient 1 vs. 16 loss to UMBC in the NCAA tournament – which coincidentally Friday’s sport was once in reality performed in the similar enviornment as that disenchanted – failing to achieve the convention identify sport may not lend a hand perceptions.
Virginia nonetheless turns out a just right guess for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, on the other hand, particularly in mild of Gonzaga’s West Coast Conference identify sport loss.
Florida State (27-6), which has gained 14 of its final 15 video games, is having a look to cap a very good three-year run with an ACC identify. It awaits the winner of Duke and UNC in the identify sport.
Contributing: Associated Press