Saturday, March 15, 2008

ACC QUARTERFINALS

NORTH CAROLINA 82, FLORIDA STATE 70

FSU always give the Heels trouble for some part of the game. Eventually, Hurricane Tar Heel wears them down. In spite of looking a bit lackadaisical in the first half, UNC moved on to a semifinal game vs. VaTech.

North Carolina's defense wasn't all that sharp to start the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. It's a good thing the top-ranked Tar Heels' offense was working just fine.

Tyler Hansbrough scored 22 points Friday to help North Carolina beat Florida State 82-70 in the ACC quarterfinals, completing a tough three-game season sweep of the Seminoles while reaching the semifinals for the fifth time in six seasons.

Wayne Ellington added 19 points for the top-seeded Tar Heels (30-2), who have won nine straight games and 12 of 13. North Carolina will face the winner of Friday's quarterfinal game between Virginia Tech and Miami on Saturday afternoon.

It wasn't the best performance for the defending tournament champion. Sure, the Tar Heels shot 53 percent, including 59 percent after halftime, and went 6-for-13 from 3-point range. But the ninth-seeded Seminoles (19-14) kept pace almost the entire way, shooting 49 percent and hitting 10 of 21 shots from behind the arc.

North Carolina and Florida State also finished in a 30-30 tie on the boards, marking only the third time all season the Tar Heels had not out rebounded their opponent.

ABOVE: Tyler Hansbrough #50 of the North Carolina Tar Heels goes up for a rebound against Ryan Reid #42 of the Florida State Seminoles during day two of the 2008 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Bobcats Arena on March 14, 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

RIGHT: Mean people who like Duke.

(Photos by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images and Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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