Number one is done: UVA ousted from ACC Tournament by Florida State

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"Back and forth, back and forth", Blue Devils guard/forward Cam Reddish said of Duke's 74-73 victory over UNC at Spectrum Center.

After Friday night's 69-59 win over Virginia, many online and in the media labeled the Florida State Seminoles the Cinderella team of the ACC Tournament.

Among the Cavaliers "Big Three" of Guy, Jerome and De'Andre Hunter, only Hunter (team-high 13 points) shot at least 50 percent against the Seminoles, whose size advantage and leaping ability throughout their deep roster helped produce a 35-20 margin in rebounding. As Yahoo Sports' Jeff Eisenberg broke it down, they had the strongest resume of any team in the country entering this week and were tied with Michigan State for the most Quadrant 1 victories in college basketball, with fewer losses than anyone.

Whether Virginia has the NCAA Tournament's top overall seed, a lower 1-seed or an inconceivable 2-seed, the team has been too good this season for anything other than a Final Four to be a reasonable goal.

FSU stifled U.Va.'s offensive production in both of its meetings this season. The Blue Devils (28-5) were rattled; they hit just six of their first 17 shots. No player averages better than 13 points a game, led by ACC Sixth Man of the Year Mfiondu Kabengele at 12.8 points.

"Those kids gave us energy", Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

Despite FSU's efficiency on the defensive end and in the rebounding category, U.Va. still had a chance to take control midway through the second half. For the first time since the score was 8-7, Virginia reclaimed the lead just over five minutes into the half on a layup from Hunter.

It would be U.Va.'s last lead of the game.

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Virginia's Kyle Guy said Florida State's length and athleticism proved to be an issue. Mann added 10 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

However, there were a lot of uncharacteristic things that happened in that game that gave me hope the Noles could pull off the upset.

Florida State opened as nine-point underdogs with the total opening at 146.

As the Seminoles prepare to face powerhouse Duke Saturday for an ACC title after defeating ACC No. 1 seed Virginia Friday, Hamilton is above all else making sure his team doesn't get caught up in the hype of its perceived Cinderella status. Nichols was 6-of-8 shooting from the floor.

It's a stark contrast to the Seminoles and their five seniors, their one junior and their revolving cast of heroes. But they ran the same kind of sets, and we got the same kind of shots we wanted as the first two games.

"I'd have bet $1,000 right there that shot was going in", he said, "but it didn't".

This is a great team that knows how to play together, and even with Zion overshadowing everything else in the ACC Tournament, I still think it was UNC that looked like the best team coming out of the tournament- Especially with how they dispatched our Louisville Cardinals again.

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