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One of the crucial Atlantic Coast Convention’s regular-season champions is not going to take house the postseason crown. 

No. 2 Virginia misplaced for simply the 3rd time this season, falling to No. 13 Florida State 69-59 within the ACC match semifinals. 

Leonard Hamilton’s Seminoles, who’re in search of their first convention match identify since 2012, used a lights-out capturing efficiency to upend the stingy Cavaliers. Florida State shot 56.five % from the sphere.

David Nichols led Florida State in scoring with 14 issues off the bench. Fellow senior Phil Cofer joined him in double figures with 11 whilst Trent Forrest added 10 and Mfiondu Kabengele 10. 

Nichols helped key a 13-1 second-half Florida State run that noticed Virginia cross scoreless from the sphere for just about 6½ mins. 

A Virginia crew this is generally nice in the back of the arc (it entered tied for moment within the country at .416 share from Three) struggled, hitting simply five of its 24 photographs from Three-point vary (20.eight %). 

De’Andre Hunter and Kyle Man led the best way for the Hoos with 13 and 11 issues, respectively. Ty Jerome completed with 10. 

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Virginia (29-Three) break up the regular-season ACC identify with No. Three North Carolina (even though the Cavs claimed the No. 1 ACC match seed), and its best two prior losses got here in opposition to No. five Duke. Nonetheless, for a program taking a look to conquer closing 12 months’s ancient 1 vs. 16 loss to UMBC within the NCAA match – which coincidentally Friday’s sport used to be in fact performed in the similar area as that disenchanted – failing to achieve the convention identify sport would possibly not lend a hand perceptions.

Florida State Seminoles ahead Phil Cofer (zero) shoots the ball in opposition to Virginia Cavaliers guard De’Andre Hunter (12) within the first half of. (Picture: Jeremy Brevard, USA TODAY Sports activities)

Virginia nonetheless turns out a excellent guess for a No. 1 seed within the NCAA match, on the other hand, particularly in mild of Gonzaga’s West Coast Convention identify sport loss. 

Florida State (27-6), which has gained 14 of its closing 15 video games, is taking a look to cap a very good three-year run with an ACC identify. It awaits the winner of Duke and UNC within the identify sport. 

“From time to time you would possibly not get the correct appreciate,” Hamilton stated. “However something about appreciate is it’s a must to cross earn it. And expectantly this offers us just a little bit extra appreciate.”  

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