UNC Basketball: Tar Heels lose heartbreaker in ACC semifinal

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Friday night's ACC semifinal game was the third time North Carolina and Duke played this season.

North Carolina led by 13 in the first half and 71-67 with less than 3 minutes left but couldn't hold on.

Williamson and the Blue Devils got off to a slow start in Charlotte and trailed North Carolina by as many as 13 points in the first half, but after opening the game 2-of-6 from the floor, Williamson went 11-of-13 for the rest of the game, and was Duke's only reliable source of offense down the stretch in a tight game. "It was kind of one of those things". Johnson shot a 3 with 18 seconds remaining that could've won it, and he was sure it had when it left his hand. "I think we deserve a No. 1 seed, but it's not up to us". And that was the takeaway for the Heels.

In short, this was one quality team besting another.

"I don't know. Sometimes the ball doesn't go in", Jerome said.

And yet, Williamson's impact was something bordering on transcendent.

Few teams have been able to hang with Duke this season, but FSU has been one of them. I'm leaning toward the Blue Devils here, but it should be a great game regardless.

R.J. Barrett added 15 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists, but he struggled with his shot and shot selection in the second half, making five of fifteen shots and just two of nine from 3-point range. His steal that led to a monster dunk was a turning point in the game.

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The Duke Blue Devils edged the Florida State Seminoles on a last-second 3-pointer during the regular season. "We always talk about that it's 40-minute territory. He just flies around". The Blue Devils defeated the Seminoles, 80-78, back on January 12 in Tallahassee. And his success in the paint overshadowed RJ Barrett's 5-of-15 shooting night.

"He's a good player", Maye said of Williamson.

While falling short in the ACC Tournament is likely disappointing for a team that has been among the elite in college basketball this season, the good news is that Virginia's body of work this year will nearly certainly prevent it from losing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils weren't much better from long-range, hitting just 25 percent of their attempts.

Then, after Duke missed a pair of free throws, first-year guard Coby White's long jumper to win the game rimmed out, sealing the game.

And after Friday's prizefight, it might be that the final decision on which team is better will be made after yet another rematch in the NCAA tournament.

According to Bracket Matrix, Florida State is looking at a 4 seed right now, and I think they have some real Elite 8 potential, especially if they get the type of draw that Joe Lundardi is predicting.

"We don't want them to go out without a national championship". "But I'm not going to sit here and say, 'Oh my God, I hope we can play them again.' I'm not starting any extra drama".

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