Projected No. 1 seeds on Selection Sunday eve

CHARLOTTE NORTH CAROLINA- MARCH 16 Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils accepts the ACC Championship trophy after defeating the Florida State Seminoles 73-63 in the championship game of the 2019 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Spe

Streeter Lecka Getty Images The Duke Blue Devils took home the ACC Tournament trophy after beating Florida State in Charlotte N.C. Saturday night

Duke avoided a third loss to North Carolina this season as it won 74-73 Friday night in the ACC Tournament semifinals. Tre Jones added 11 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals.

CHARLOTTE-As blue and white confetti fluttered down to the Spectrum Center floor, Zion Williamson made sure to dap up each of his teammates.

Zion Williamson of the Duke Blue Devils falls as his shoe breaks apart during a game against the North Carolina Tar Heels on February 20, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina.

The NBA and its union will try to inch closer to ending the one and done rule (A player must be at least 19 and a year removed from college before entering the NBA) that receives more than its (fair?) share of blame for the NCAA's troubles.

"When the shot left my hand, I could have swore it went down", Johnson said.

"We didn't really have time to get it where we wanted to get it, the screen where we wanted to get the screen, because of time". "Half the conference season we played without our full complement of players". 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.

"Yeah, I was trying to drive".

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"I'm going to remain confident", Jerome said.

Before tripping, it appeared that Little might be open inside.

A Jay Huff miss from three with 18 seconds left led to a breakaway dunk by Terrance Mann that was probably unnecessary, but, anyway. Many believe Kentucky or Tennessee has a shot. "We had some chances to win the game. I feel like that says a lot about us".

Zion Williamson's return to the Duke Blue Devils' lineup has been nothing short of awe-inspiring, his every whim cross-inspected by ball fans anxious an injury could derail the promise of a storied National Basketball Association career.

Williamson finished with 31 points and 11 rebounds - the first player to post a 25-10 line in consecutive ACC tournament games since Tim Duncan, 22 years ago. But he was well rested in ACC tournament play, averaging 27 points and 10 rebounds. It's tough, but we've just got to get better.

The insane thing, though, is that none of that seemed particularly likely just a week ago.

Or perhaps the first two games against UNC without Williamson still carry weight with the committee.


The Tar Heels had 62 inside points at Duke but got outscored inside 50-38 Friday.

"He put on his Superman jersey", UNC coach Roy Williams said.

"But their defense forced us to be impatient with the ball".

Krzyzewski stresses to his bench guys to always stay ready because you never know when your number is going to be called. "I think you should see that moving forward".

The ACC title is Duke's second in the last three years.

He said his team took the wrong offensive approach. "Honestly, if we match up against them, it'll be a great game", Williamson said.

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But Williamson's return allowed Duke to regain its look as a national championship contender. "We're just more balanced".

Mfiondu Kabengele scored 14 points for the Seminoles (27-7).

"We talked to each other about, we came too far to lose", Williamson said of Saturday's championship game.

"They covered it pretty well". "I want to be out there with them".

The Blue Devils were ranked No. 1 and the Tar Heels No. 4, and it was the year after Smith retired, turning the program over to longtime assistant Bill Guthridge.


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