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The Daily Nole — March 13, 2021: FSU Hoops Tops North Carolina, Advances to ACC Championship

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One win is now all that separates Florida State basketball from a second straight ACC title and a third in program history. No. 2 seed FSU held off sixth-seeded North Carolina in the ACC Tournament semifinals on Friday night, 69-66.

FSU led by 11 points at halftime, but trailed by as many as five in the second half. After going back and forth, Anthony Polite’s 3-pointer with just over two minutes to play put the Seminoles ahead for good, 65-64. The Tar Heels proceeded to miss their next five shots.

Center Balsa Koprivica led FSU with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Scottie Barnes added 11 points, five assists and two steals in the win. Caleb Love led North Carolina with 13 points.

FSU will now face No. 4 seed Georgia Tech for the ACC Championship. The Yellow Jackets advanced when top-seeded Virginia had a positive COVID-19 test. The ACC Championship in Greensboro begins at 8:30 p.m. ET and airs on ESPN.

Between the Lines

In addition to the FSU hoops victory, FSU volleyball rallied to beat Notre Dame on Friday night, 3-2. FSU track and field began the NCAA Indoor Championships. FSU women’s tennis topped Boston College 4-3 while the men fell at NC State, 4-0. Florida State baseball rallied for a 6-4 win at Virginia Tech while FSU softball fell to Arizona, 1-0.

On the Agenda

In addition to the ACC Championship, FSU track and field will continue the NCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday. FSU women’s golf will begin the Valspar Augusta Invitational. FSU beach volleyball will be in Gulf Shores, Ala. for the “March to May” where it will face TCU, Grand Canyon and LSU.

Florida State men’s tennis will be at Wake Forest. FSU baseball will visit Virginia Tech in a contest that begins at 3 p.m. ET and streams on ACC Network Extra. FSU softball will cap a 3-game series with Arizona. That contest begins at 6 p.m. ET and streams on ACC Network Extra.

News and Notes

FSU hoops opened as a 4-point favorite over Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship.

Former FSU safety Nate Andrews is no longer a member of the football staff.

Helpful Links

Noles247: Norvell, McKenzie Milton, Jermaine Johnson on Day 3
The Osceola: FSU’s defense dominates first padded practice of spring
Warchant: Clark: Observations from FSU football’s first day in pads

Mike Ferguson is the editor of The Daily Nole. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson

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