Saturday, March 14, 2009


No. 22 FLORIDA STATE 73, No. 1 NORTH CAROLINA 70 – Evidently, the master plan was for all the potential number one NCAA seeds to lose in their conference tournaments. So far, save Memphis, the plan is working to perfection.

Florida State and North Carolina both did their part as the Seminoles combined the offense of Toney Douglas and a tough defense to upset the No. 1 Tar Heels. Douglas made every shot FSU needed and ended the game with 27 points and stifling defense on Wayne Ellington as he was seeking a game tying three-pointer at game’s end.

Solomon Alabi and Derwin Kitchen both scored 11 points for Florida State.

North Carolina clearly missed ACC Player of the Year, point guard Ty Lawson. While Wayne Ellington (24 points) and Tyler Hansbrough (22 points) played well, the rest of the Heels couldn’t get going. UNC struggled to get good shots.

In the end, they made just 22 of 59 field goal attempts (37.3 percent) and 4 o f 15 from behind the arc (26.7 percent) from the field.

Lawson, besides being a scoring threat on his own, is so effective at scoring and penetrating that he creates offensive opportunities for this teammates. Danny Green, in particular, seemed to miss Lawson. He played poorly in both tournament games, making just 3 of 25 shots, scoring four points.

The once deep Tar Heels only played seven players and two of those didn’t score.

North Carolina forced 14 turnovers and had eleven steals, but they were unable to convert those opportunities with the regularity of a team that averages 90 points per game.
Florida State (25-8) advanced to its first ACC final in school history.

(AP Photo/Dave Martin)

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