Duke vs. Florida State - 3/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Mar 17 2019
No. 1 seed Virginia (29-3) fell 69-59 to No. 4 seed Florida State (27-6) in the 2019 ACC Tournament Semifinals on Friday night at the Spectrum Center.
"The guy that's been hurt came back", Williams said, "put on his Superman jersey and was incredible".
The Zion Williamson-led Blue Devils beat North Carolina in a thriller Friday night after losing their previous two matchups against the Tar Heels.
Williamson injured his knee February 20 when his sneaker tore on the opening possession of Duke's first game against the Tar Heels, and the freshman's absence overshadowed a signature win for UNC.
After Kentucky's loss to Tennessee on Saturday in the semifinals of the SEC tournament, Lunardi updated his projections Saturday evening, and moved UNC back up to a No. 1 seed.
First, Duke is everything everyone anticipated at the beginning of the year when it's at full strength. He'd never stepped foot on the court against the Tar Heels.
"They played great defense, we were missing some shots, we were turning the ball over, they were getting a lot of offensive rebounds". And Duke has won 13 of the previous 22 games. They had to play a squad with more lottery picks on it than most National Basketball Association teams, and they had to play them in what amounted to their home building.
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"I'm going to remain confident", Jerome said. And that was the takeaway for the Heels.
Best team in the country?
And yet, Williamson's impact was something bordering on transcendent.
Key had one of his best games as a Wahoo against the Seminoles on January 5, with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Tre Jones was the only other Blue Devil with double-digit points, and he had 11.
In a game of this magnitude, Vrankovic was ready when his number was called. His last bucket, after corralling his own miss, was the difference in the final score. A year after being smacked by the Tar Heels, the Blue Devils were easy winners in the championship match as Christian Laettner scored 25 points in the title game and was named MVP. "He's able to guard anybody when we switch, and he's on the boards always". FSU held Williamson to a season-low 11 points and has covered four in a row against Duke. And his success in the paint overshadowed RJ Barrett's 5-of-15 shooting night.
Barrett had a chance to ice the game with a pair of free throws with 12.4 seconds left, but he missed both of them. Instead, it was his decision to pass up a play designed for him and dish to Williamson for the game's final points that proved decisive. Williamson and coach Mike Krzyzewski shared some insights into the making of Williamson's new shoes during a post-game press conference Thursday. "When you're in a conference with the quality teams that are in the ACC, and you're trying to find a way to get into that hierarchy, it's challenging". "And hopefully this gives us a little bit more respect". Now, ESPN's Joe Lunardi has the Blue Devils at the top of the heap, headed to Columbia, South Carolina, for the first round of the NCAA tournament, a homecoming for Williamson, a Spartanburg, South Carolina, native. "I think you should see that moving forward".