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The Florida State Seminoles and Virginia Cavaliers will take the floor in the first of two semifinal encounters at the ACC Tournament, as the evening begins with the 7 p.m. ET tip-off at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC.
Both programs arrive to the party after completely different circumstances led to their quarterfinal victories, as the Noles needed overtime to get past Virginia Tech, while the Cavaliers came away with a convincing win over N.C. State.
The Noles let a lead over Virginia Tech, they had maintained for almost the entire game, almost slip away as the Hokies hadn’t led at any point of the game until the 1:15 mark when Kerry Blackshear slammed home a dunk off a pass from leading scorer Nickell Alexander-Walker. Noles freshman recruit Devin Vassell saved the Noles bacon hitting a 3 to force overtime on the last shot of regulation, as Ty Outlaw was held completely scoreless.
The Cavs basically dismantled N.C State with a convincing 76 – 56 win to start their ACC Tournament on Thursday, as the 3s were dropping and the defense stepped up.. wait, where have we heard that before?
Noles Looking For Upset Of Cavs To Reach Finals
Florida State had to, amazingly, make the final shot of regulation time to extend their QF affair with the Hokies, and I say amazingly because the Noles had not trailed in the game until the 1:15 mark of the second-half.
— FSU Hoops (@FSUHoops) March 15, 2019
Freshman guard Devin Vassell came off the bench and they may look like 14 simple points, but his 3-pointer to end regulation with 4 seconds left to play might have been his biggest highlight of the entire year. Vassell averages 4.4 PPG and has come off the bench all season for head coach Leonard Hamilton.
Vassell, the Peachtree Ridge H.S, Suwanee, GA, native, was a 4-star recruit according to Scout (.com) and almost put up a career-high in his first ACC Tournament. He fell 2 -points shy of his 16-point night against SEMO back on December 17 as non-conference play was coming to a conclusion.
I guess it’s ironic that a bench player led the night in scoring in the win over V.T. as Vassell did, considering Mfondu Kabengele won the ACC 6th Man of the Year Award this week and came off the bench in every game this year.
Kabengele only came away with 7 points on a 1 of 3 shooting night, although Terrance Mann, not only put up 10 points, but his final 2 points won the game with an amazing, falling to his right, squaring up a 15-foot jump-shot while falling to the ground and .. BAM! Game Over, drive home safely, Noles Win!
Cavs Closer To Securing Overall 1-Seed Towards NCAA Tourney
Hey, the Cavs shot the 3-ball extraordinarily well and their defense made the difference in a 20-point win to start the ACC Tournament!
Well no shit man, what the hell did you think you would see from Tony Bennett‘s squad that has shut everyone down this season and converted the 3-ball in just as convincing fashion this year?
— Virginia Men's Basketball (@UVAMensHoops) March 14, 2019
Kyle Guy is a stud people, and his smile and post-game interview really tells the story of how much the team is enjoying what they are doing, yet not even aware that they are on the verge of something extremely special.
At the same token, avoiding the DISASTER that was a 74 – 54 loss to UM-Baltimore County in the FIRST ROUND of the NCAA Tournament last year has got to be the first goal, because being a 1-seed is a given for Virginia.
Now it is just a matter if Virginia will take the overall 1-seed into the big dance, but regardless of that this team is outrageously tight and enjoying themselves.
Guy’s post-game interview was awesome, as he pretty much spoke of the team with such pride knowing when to go, and when to let guys around him go, as he took in 29 points and splashed 7 of his 9 3-point attempts in the net, while handing out 3 dimes and grabbing 4 boards.
We’re used to him doing his thing, as Guy led the Cavs in scoring averaging 15.3 PPG and hit 45% of his 3s for his junior campaign.
What we aren’t used to seeing is Jack Salt having himself a career-game, as he took in 18 points on a 7 of 8 shooting day and took in 6 boards to go along with a 4 of 5 from the charity stripe.
• Under is 18-3 in Cavaliers last 21 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
• Under Under Under.. Yeah, I know!
• Seminoles are 7-1-2 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games.
• Seminoles are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win.
• Seminoles are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I know the Cavs handled the Noles in their only meeting this season, but that was in January and these two should give us one helluva game to start the semifinals in Charlotte.
The Noles cover the line, and I lean towards this over as well, despite the Cavs D being so damn dominant.
Prediction: Florida State +9
Full-Game Total Pick
This total is just a little too low for me, as I expect Florida State to hang with Virginia and provide us with a 75 – 70 type of contest.
I see 140+ coming, obviously, so let’s see how that goes.
You see that I posted in the trends area Under, Under, Under, because the hell if you can find a trend to support anything OVER related with Virginia LOL
I buck the trend!
Prediction: Over 125.5