The North Carolina Tar Heels and the Florida State Seminoles will meet on Sunday in the 2012 ACC Tournament Championship game after both teams survived semifinal Saturday.
North Carolina defeated Maryland on Friday and survived NC State on Saturday 69-67. The Tar Heels played without injured forward John Henson on Saturday and his status for Sunday's championship game is uncertain. Florida State defeated Miami on Friday and then upset second seeded Duke on Saturday 62-59. In the only regular season meeting between the two clubs, it was the Seminoles who hammered the Tar Heels 90-57
The Florida State Seminoles didn't blink late and they advance to the ACC Tournament Final with a 62-59 upset win over Duke in the semifinals. The game wasn't without some excitement late. Luke Loucks hit a pull up jumper with 11 seconds remaining to put the Seminoles up 62-59 with just 11 seconds remaining.
After a time-out, Austin Rivers pushed the ball into the frontcourt and missed a tough leaning three-point attempt that was defended well by Florida State's Michael Snear. The rebound went out of bounds to Florida State. With just three seconds remaining, Florida State just needed to inbound the basketball to secure the victory. Snaer tried a long baseball pass to midcourt that was deflected and stolen by Duke's Seth Curry whose desperation attempt at the buzzer just missed.
Snaer scored 16 points to lead the Seminoles and Bernard James added 13. Okaro White and Luke Loucks added nine points each.
Austin Rivers led Duke with 17 points while Seth Curry added 13. Miles Plumlee finished with nine points and 11 rebounds.
ACC regular season champ North Carolina will open play in the 2012 ACC Tournament on Friday at noon when the Tar Heels take on Maryland. The Terrapins dumped Wake Forest in Thursday's opening round 82-60. Mark Turgeon was very pleased with his team's effort on Thursday.
"That's the best, most complete game we've played all year. We defended. We rebounded. We executed. We shared the ball." "We talked about just about dialing in and also having fun. I think the guys tried to have fun (Thursday). More importantly, they trusted their teammates on both ends of the floor. That's been a hard thing for us this year but (Thursday) we did it."