Zion, Duke beat rival North Carolina to advance to ACC Final

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That sentiment was readily apparent last night, as Zion poured in 31 points and the game-deciding bucket to help the Duke Blue Devils to a spot in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament. The latest Duke vs. Florida State odds have the Blue Devils favored by eight points, with the over-under, or total points Vegas thinks will be scored, at 146.5.

"He adds a different dimension to their team", UNC's Cam Johnson said of Williamson's return.

Just like in the win last weekend against Duke, UNC went on a scoring drought in the final minutes but managed to get by with repeated stops.

White ended up missing a 3-point attempt from the right wing with three seconds left, which Nassir Little tried unsuccessfully to tip in.

That sent Duke's bench into celebration and leaving a disappointed White crouching at midcourt in an arena filled with a buzzing instate crowd.

The Seminoles didn't forget that loss and they responded by holding UVA to just 5-24 shooting from the 3-point line to upset the top seeded Cavaliers 69-59.

Johnson ignited an early North Carolina run with makes on each of his first three shots and shot 5-of-8 in the opening period.

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"He's a very talented player", said Luke Maye, who had 14 points and 13 rebounds and put UNC up by four with a nice drive on Williamson with 2:46 left.

"These two guys have an incredible will to win", Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said of Williamson and Barrett, "and it makes us coaches look a lot better".

"I mean, it exceeded my expectations", Williamson said of getting his first full-game taste of the rivalry. "When I was trying to pass to De'Andre, and [RaiQuan] Gray stole the ball, it was a great defensive play".

"Williamson's performance after a 22-day layoff didn't just remind everyone why Duke surged to No. 1 in February and has looked like the national championship favorite when fully healthy", according to USA Today. The Devils edged the Seminoles 80-78 on January 12 on a Cam Reddish 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left. They had also beaten Florida State earlier this season. The Tar Heels proved they're on level footing with the Blue Devils with Williamson back, but couldn't figure out a way to close it out.

While everybody is talking about those 3 teams from the ACC, and rightfully so, Syracuse and Florida State showed some real sleeper potential in the ACC Tournament.

Meanwhile, Virginia will be back in Charlottesville, preparing for Sunday's NCAA bracket reveal and a return to the event that broke the program's heart previous year with a first-round loss to UMBC.

Not quite, but to be sure, this was of the mild variety, simply because the Cavaliers, still destined for a No. 1 seed in next week's NCAA tournament, have been so consistent.

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