ACC Tournament Update: Day Four
Friday was the penultimate mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference's yearly tournament and was the final step in establishing the competitors for the coveted ACC Championship trophy.
Another positive COVID test cancelled one game in the day's schedule while the primetime slot pitted two heavyweight prize-fighters against each other.
Fifteen teams entered Greensboro with hopes of topping the mountain and only two are left, but still, there can only be one winner.
#1 Virginia, #4 Georgia Tech NO CONTEST
It was announced early Friday morning that a UVA played that had competed in the previous game had tested positive, shutting the program out from the rest of the ACC Tournament.
Virginia had narrowly escaped an upset against #8 Syracuse but would have still favored their side against a much less experienced Georgia Tech outfit. The Yellow Jackets will automatically advance to the final round as a result of the cancellation.
#2 Florida State69, #6 North Carolina 66
The Seminoles managed to take down the Tar Heels in their 2021 postseason debut thanks to 17 points and 11 rebounds from center Balsa Koprivca, whose height and presence in the interior outmatched the usual strength of North Carolina.
The boys in powder-blue entered halftime trailing 24-35 and were shooting under 30% as a team but came out of the break roaring, beginning the second frame on a 27-11 run to put themselves up by five with 11 minutes remaining in the ballgame.
Florida State kept a level head and played solid defense, holding UNC's leading scorer on the evening in Caleb Love to just 13 points.
Anthony Polite's ginormous three-pointer seized the lead from the Tar Heels with 2:09 left and was just enough to carry his squad to the finish line as UNC failed to make one field goal until the :04 mark.
The Championship Game
#2 Florida State will battle #4 Georgia Tech: the teams split the regular season series 1-1, leaving the door open for either team to steal the show. Whether it will be M.J. Walker and the Seminoles or ACC Player of the Year Moses Wright and the Yellow Jackets is the million-dollar question.