FSU Basketball: 3 ways Noles can beat Virginia Tech in ACC Tourney

Florida State upends No. 2 Virginia 69-59 in ACC semifinals

"(Barrett) and Zion weren't as exhausted", said Krzyzewski, noting Duke's greatest flaw without Williamson for those six games, "because they were ... instead of giving energy to a teammate, they were getting energy from a teammate". He missed the second tilt between the two this season due to the ailment.

Yes, the Blue Devils' freshman star now has his delayed big moment against North Carolina.

Duke meets North Carolina in the ACC tournament semifinals on Friday night, with a possible No. 1 seed on the line.

DID YOU KNOW: The Duke offense has scored 84.1 points per game this season, ranking the Blue Devils sixth among Division I teams.

"And I mean, to make the game-winning shot, honestly I got to give credit to RJ (Barrett, fellow Duke freshman) because the read was for him to fake the ball and take it to the basket, but he read the defense and he gave me the ball, and my teammates trust me to make the shot".

2 team in the country, won both games against the No. 3 Blue Devils earlier this season, however Duke was without Williamson for almost all of those bouts.

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North Carolina defeated Duke twice during the regular season, but Williamson was sidelined for both of those games. 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.

The most fascinating one is this: If Duke wins, could the ACC wind up with three No. 1 seeds? "I watched my brothers out there battling and I wished I could go to war with them but it was very exciting to get out there and play". The Blue Devils weren't much better from long-range, hitting just 25 percent of their attempts. Duke would win its first NCAA title two days later.

A building packed to the brim with two shades of blue all seemed to agree on one thing throughout the evening: In a game between two of the best teams in the entire country, there was no question who was the best player on the court.

"I can go back and many times tell you that we have had injuries that really hurt us and Zion being hurt really hurt Duke, but it was still Duke-North Carolina", Williams said. We have never won a tournament championship but one time. The Blue Devils, beating the Tar Heels three times in the season, also opened NCAA tournament play in Chapel Hill, which rankled Smith and the Heels. It's also the same floor where Virginia lost a second-round game as a No. 2 seed to seventh-seeded Michigan State in 2015.

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. In those six games without Zion, those numbers dropped to 101.1 and 98.6, respectively. Never before have these two teams faced each other at any stage of the NCAA tournament.

The committee will have a hard time seeding these two teams.

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