ACC Tournament Championship: Florida State Upsets North Carolina, 85-82

North Carolina advanced to the ACC Tournament final following a controversial win over N.C. State. Florida State hung on for a win over Duke in the second semifinal.

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ACC Tournament Championship 2012, North Carolina Vs. Florida State: Noles Win Their First-Ever ACC Tournament

The Florida State Seminoles exited halftime with a 49-40 lead over the North Carolina Tar Heels in the 2012 ACC Championship Game and held that lead for much of the second half. The Tar Heels were able to go on a run and pull within four points, but the Seminoles were able to rally back and regain their nearly double-digit lead. Seminoles head coach Leondard Hamilton became a bit frustrated on the sideline late in the game and employed his team to play smart.

Within the final minutes of the game, North Carolina once again pulled back within four points and the two sides couldn't sink a bucket until UNC guard Kendall Marshall hit a late three-point shot that put North Carolina down by just one point. The closing seconds resulted in North Carolina fouling FSU and putting them on the line, hoping to get some rebounds. Okaro White missed his free throw for the Noles, but Marshall missed the three-point shot that would have put North Carolina up a point.

Deividas Dulkys grabbed the rebound for Florida State and was immediately fouled, putting him on the line. Dulkys sank both of his shots to push FSU's lead to three points. North Carolina pushed the ball to mid-court and called a timeout with 3.3 seconds left, but the ensuing inbound pass from Tyler Zeller to P.J. Hairston led to a long three-point attempt that clanked off the back of the rim as Florida State won the ACC Tournament 85-82.

For more on the two teams, check out Florida Seminoles blog Tomahawk Nation and North Carolina blog Carolina March. For more on college tournaments nationwide, head over to SB Nation's dedicated NCAA basketball hub. For more on the ACC tourney, make sure to follow this StoryStream.


ACC Tournament Semifinal, North Carolina Vs. NC State: Tar Heels Advance To Title Game With 69-67 Win

The North Carolina Tar Heels advanced to the ACC Tournament Championship game with a 69-67 win over in-state rival N.C. State Wolfpack. It was a closely-called game that was marred by foul trouble. In the end, however, the officials swallowed their whistles on a game-winning drive by Kendall Marshall, who was plagued by foul trouble for much of the afternoon. On his final drive, he made significant contact with Alex Johnson but no call was made and as Johnson tumbled to the floor, Marshall stopped and put one off the square to take the lead. An animated gif of the play below:


Second Team All-ACC selection C.J. Leslie was on his way to one of the best games of his career before he fouled with eight minutes remaining in the half. Leslie picked up his fourth on a questionable charge call and then fouled out thirty seconds later on the defensive end trying to block a shot. Down four, it first appeared that Mark Gottfried was taking a risk and going to ride Leslie until the final buzzer but later replays showed Gottfried admonishing his assistant coaches for not making him aware that the star forward had picked up his fourth on the charge call. In a limited 29 minutes of action, he still had 22 points and seven rebounds. Lorenzo Brown and Richard Howell picked up some of the slack for Mark Gottfried's club, but they couldn't come up with the crucial bucket in the final minute.

The Tar Heels were in foul trouble for much of the game as well. Already without John Henson, who was down with a wrist injury, UNC big men James Michael McAdoo and Tyler Zeller also battled foul trouble all afternoon. Zeller fouled out with a little over a minute to play and DeShawn Painter would hit one of two free-throws to give the Wolfpack the 67-66 lead. Harrison Barnes would split a pair to tie it up with 50 seconds to play. After an N.C. State turnover, Marshall would seal the win and finish with a 12 point, 10 assist double-double performance. Zeller added 23 points and nine boards for the Heels.

N.C. State was looking for their first win over Carolina in six years and their first trip to the ACC Tournament Championship game in five years. Instead, UNC will go one to face the winner of second semifinal game between Duke and Florida State. The Wolfpack are now at the mercy of the selection committee. They just snuck into the field in Saturday's edition of SB Nation's bracketology, but a win today would have likely locked up an at-large berth.

For more on this game, check out North Carolina blog Carolina March and N.C. State blog Backing The Pack. For more on the ACC tourney, make sure to follow this StoryStream. For more on college tournaments nationwide, head over to SB Nation's dedicated NCAA basketball hub.

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