Zion Williamson propels Duke to ACC crown

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This tournament was all about the 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson, whose February 20 knee sprain - that included the image of his left foot tearing through the side of his shoe as he fell to the court - had threatened to derail the title potential of a team that has spent a national-best seven weeks at No. 1 in the AP Top 25. But that's up for the NCAA Committee to decide.

In true blue fashion, Zion Williamson never entertained the idea of an injury shutdown, instead focusing on riding out the NCAA Season with his teammates and a National Championship win.

Best team in the country? "It accentuated the gulf between Williamson and every other prospect in college basketball".

Friday night, No. 12 Florida State gave us our first big stunner of the weekend, as they just took down No. 2 Virginia in the ACC Tournament semifinals. The Blue Devils (28-5) were rattled; they hit just six of their first 17 shots.

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The Tar Heels had 62 inside points at Duke but got outscored inside 50-38 Friday. They gave Duke a scare on Thursday night even with Tyus Battle out and with Zion Williamson going full godmode. That tied for the most the Orange had allowed all season.

Williamson was famously knocked to the ground with a knee sprain after his Nike shoe blew out less than a minute into the game against arch-rival North Carolina Feb. 20.

"You live by the jump shot, you die by the jump shot", Coach Roy Williams said. "They were doing a great job of driving the ball downhill and opening up lanes for me. They have confidence in one another".

Despite the loss, Virginia is still projected to be a top seed in the NCAA tournament when the selection Sunday brackets come out.

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"He's a good player", Maye said of Williamson. Jones, the defensive wizard, blossomed into a legitimate scoring threat. I think Auburn is as phony as it gets, and I like Florida State's chances against Gonzaga. Duke is 0-3-1 ATS in their last four versus the ACC and the under is 4-1 in their last five versus the ACC.

In fact, with that starting five on the court, Duke has just one loss all season - to another likely 1 seed, Gonzaga, by two points in November.

Williamson (21.9 ppg), paired with fellow freshman phenom RJ Barrett (23.3 ppg), make up arguably the most-dynamic force in college hoops. "They were created to be stronger and more supportive for the 6'7", 284-pound star.

In FSU's win overtime win against Virginia Tech, it was Devin Vassell and Terance Mann. Sure, Duke looks dominant again. Florida State will walk in the Spectrum Center on Saturday night hungry for another title, and DeLaurier will need to prove instrumental in containing the energy that the 'Noles will surely bring to the floor. His last bucket, after corralling his own miss, was the difference in the final score.

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Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said his team's goal this season has been to establish itself among the hierarchy of the ACC, largely dominated the past several years by Duke, North Carolina and Virginia. But it didn't cement that they'll be climbing another ladder to cut down the nets in Minneapolis.

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