March Madness 2019: What we learned from the victory of the Florida ACC tournament against Virginia | NCAA Basketball


Florida State is heading to the ACC tournament championship.

The Seminoles took control in the second half and pulled off 69-59 over Virginia's number 2 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, Nc.

David Nichols scored 14 points for Florida State, a top in the match, while Phil Cofer scored 11 points. De 'Andre Hunter scored 13 points for Virginia in the losing game.

Florida State will play for the title on Saturday against the winner of the Duke / North Carolina semifinal. Here are three points to remember from his victory over Virginia.

The seed photo # 1 is still cloudy

Virginia entered the ACC tournament as a favorite to clinch a top spot in the NCAA tournament. This is still likely to happen, but there is definitely no guarantee.

There appear to be seven schools vying for the top four seeded No. 1: Virginia, Duke, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, State of Michigan and Gonzaga.

Duke and North Carolina will face each other in the second semi-final of ACC. The winner of this game will almost certainly be on the front row alongside Virginia. The Blue Devils have however beaten the Cavaliers twice this season.

Tennessee and Kentucky seem destined to meet in a semi-final of the SEC while the state of Michigan dominated the Ohio State Friday in the Big Ten tournament. Gonzaga lost only three times during the season but fell against Saint Mary's during his conference league match.

Virginia did no favor to the committee in the loss to Florida State. He will have some hard choices to make when selecting Sunday as the seven teams will be able to argue for a top spot in the category.

Virginia unusually bad at both ends

Virginia is at its best on the offensive when it hits 3 points and it did not take place against Florida State.

The Cavaliers hit five of their 24 shots from the back of the bow. Playmaker Ty Jerome logged in for two of his nine attempts, Kyle Guy was two for five and De' Andre Hunter failed to overturn any of his four three-point shots.

The Cavaliers are also motivated by their defense and the State of Florida has also a little exposed. The Seminoles shot 56.5% on the field and beat their opponent 35-20.

Virginia dominated most of the season, but it was not a good performance just before the NCAA tournament.

Florida State is for real

The state of Florida has gone under the radar.

The Seminoles held consecutive tournaments in the NCAA and reached the Elite Eight in 2017-18. They were arguably better this season since they finished with a record of 26-6 and a fourth place in the ACC.

Virginia, North Carolina and Duke all received a ton of advertising, unlike Florida State, which finished just behind those three in the conference standings. The Seminoles, however, have a chance to host a deep NCAA tournament.