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Seminole Sunday Summary: FSU Hoops Falls to Georgia Tech in ACC Championship

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Florida State basketball reached the ACC Championship yet again, but fell on Saturday night to Georgia Tech in the conference title game, 80-75.

The second-seeded Seminoles shot 56% from the field, but were plagued by 25 turnovers, which led to nearly 30 points for No. 4 seed Georgia Tech. FSU led by as many as nine in the second half, but the Yellow Jackets responded with a 13-2 run and never trailed again.

Michael Devoe finished with 20 points to lead Georgia Tech while Moses Wright and Jordan Usher each tallied 15 points in the win. Freshman Scottie Barnes led FSU with 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting. M.J. Walker added 15 points before fouling out. Balsa Koprivica tallied 11 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

After a positive COVID-19 test within the Duke program pushed Florida State to the ACC Tournament semifinals, the Seminoles topped No. 6 seed North Carolina on Friday night to advance to the ACC Championship, 69-66. As was the case in the last meeting in Chapel Hill, FSU started strong but felt resistance in the second half. This time, FSU emerged.

Malik Osborne’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer gave FSU a 35-24 at halftime, but North Carolina opened the second half on a 29-13 run. The Tar Heels led by as many as five, but FSU scored the next six points and the contest went back and forth.

The last lead for North Carolina came with just over two minutes to play when R.J. Davis made three free throws to give the Tar Heels a 64-62 lead. Anthony Polite answered with a 3-pointer to put the Seminoles ahead for good. North Carolina managed just one field goal the rest of the way.

Koprivica paced FSU with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Barnes added 11 points, five assists and two steals. Caleb Love scored 13 points to lead North Carolina.

Following the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, FSU sits at 16-6. The Seminoles will learn their NCAA Tournament seed and opponent on Sunday.

Football

Weekly Commitments: Devaughn Mortimer, 3-star WR* (No. 604 overall)*
Weekly Decommitments: None
2022 Recruiting Class Ranking*: No. 9 nationally, first in ACC (7 total commitments)*
Big Picture: Spring practice is underway for FSU. The Seminoles moved into the top 10 of the 2022 recruiting rankings with the addition of Devaughn Mortimer on Saturday.

Men’s Basketball

Record: 16-6 (11-4 ACC)
Ranking: No. 15 AP Poll; No. 13 Amway Coaches Poll; No. 2 ACC Tournament
Past Week: (1-1), defeated North Carolina in ACC Tournament semifinals on Friday, 69-66; lost to Georgia Tech in ACC Championship on Saturday, 80-75
Upcoming: NCAA Tournament (TBA)
Recognitions: M.J. Walker, G (All-ACC second team); RaiQuan Gray, F (All-ACC third team); Scottie Barnes, G/F (All-ACC third team, ACC Freshman of the Year, ACC Sixth Man of the Year, ACC All-Freshman team)
Weekly Commitments: None
2021 Recruiting Class Ranking*: No. 2 nationally, first in ACC (four total commitments)*
Big Picture: FSU was unable to repeat as ACC champions, but will qualify for the NCAA Tournament for a program record fifth straight season.

Women’s Basketball

Record: 10-8 (9-7 ACC)
Ranking: No. 4 ACC Tournament
Past Week: Idle
Upcoming: NCAA Tournament (TBA)
Recognitions:
Big Picture: The FSU women will find out their NCAA Tournament fate on Monday night. The Seminoles haven’t failed to qualify for the NCAA Tournament since the 2011-12 season.

Baseball

Record: 5-6 (3-5 ACC)
Ranking: None
Past Week: (1-2), lost to Virginia on Sunday, 2-1; beat Virginia Tech on Friday night, 6-4; lost at Virginia Tech on Saturday, 5-0
Upcoming: at Virginia Tech (Sunday); vs. Florida (Tuesday); at Miami (Friday); at Miami (Saturday)
Recognitions: Parker Messick, P (ACC Pitcher of the Week)
Big Picture: After taking two of three from Virginia last weekend, FSU took the series opener against a good Virginia Tech team. A win in the rubber game on Sunday would be huge with two rivals looming.

Swimming and Diving

Ranking: Men No. 16 CSCAA; Women No. 25
Past Week: Idle
Upcoming: NCAA Championships (Wednesday-March 27)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU begins the NCAA Championships this week.

Track and Field

Ranking: Men No. 4 USTFCCCA, No. 3 South; Women No. 13, No. 3 South USTFCCCA
Past Week: FSU men finished sixth at NCAA Indoor Championships, women finished 16th at NCAA Indoor Championships
Upcoming: Tiger Track Classic (Friday and Saturday); USF Bulls Invitational (Friday and Saturday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU had a strong showing at the NCAA Championships as the men notched a top-10 finish while the women finished in the top 20. FSU will begin the outdoor season this week.

Men’s Tennis

Record: 5-9 (0-6 ACC)
Ranking: None
Past Week: (0-4), lost at Virginia on Monday, 4-0; lost at at Virginia Tech on Tuesday, 5-2; lost at NC State on Friday, 4-0; lost at Wake Forest on Saturday, 5-2
Upcoming: vs. UCF (Friday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: With four straight losses this week, FSU fell to 0-6 in ACC matches. The only other team winless in the ACC is Boston College.

Women’s Tennis

Record: 10-3 (5-2 ACC)
Ranking: No. 7 ITA
Past Week: (1-1), lost at North Carolina on Sunday, 7-0; beat Boston College on Friday, 4-3
Upcoming: at Syracuse (Sunday); vs. Louisville (Friday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU was able to halt a 2-game losing streak with a hard-fought 4-3 win over Boston College.

Men’s Golf

Ranking: No. 3 Golfweek/Sargarin; No. 1 Golfstat
Past Week: Idle
Upcoming: The Floridian Intercollegiate (Monday-Tuesday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: Florida State rose to No. 1 in this week’s Golfstat rankings. It’ll be in Stuart for a tournament starting Monday.

Cross Country

Ranking: Women No. 18 USTFCCCA
Past Week: Idle
Upcoming: NCAA Championships (Monday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: The FSU women and a select few men will take part in the NCAA Championships on Monday to conclude the season.

Softball

Record: 13-5 (4-2 ACC)
Ranking: No. 15 NCFA Coaches; No. 12 Softball America; No. 15 D1Softball
Past Week: (2-1), beat Arizona on Thursday, 4-2; lost to Arizona on Friday, 1-0; beat Arizona on Saturday, 2-0
Upcoming: vs. North Carolina (Friday); vs. North Carolina (Saturday, doubleheader)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: Fresh off a win over Florida, FSU seems to be coming into its own after taking two of three from a top-5 Arizona team.

Volleyball

Record: 9-3 (5-3 ACC)
Ranking: None
Past Week: (1-0), beat Notre Dame on Friday, 3-2
Upcoming: vs, Virginia Tech (Sunday); at Virginia (Friday); vs. Louisville (Saturday, Charlottesville)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU volleyball is one of the hottest teams in the ACC. The Seminoles have won eight straight and rallied from two sets down to beat No. 14 Notre Dame on Friday night. FSU could move into the top 25.

Women’s Golf

Ranking: No. 1 Golfweek/Sargarin
Past Week: After one day at the Valspar Augusta Invitational, FSU is in third place.
Upcoming: Valspar Augusta Invitational (Sunday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU will enter the final round of the Valspar Augusta Invitational within striking distance. The Seminoles are three strokes back of second-place South Carolina and four strokes behind first-place Duke.

Beach Volleyball

Record: 13-0
Ranking: No. 2 AVCA
Past Week: (5-0), beat Georgia State on Sunday at LSU Tiger Beach Challenge, 5-0; beat Florida Atlantic at LSU Tiger Beach Challenge on Sunday, 4-1; beat TCU in March to May on Saturday, 5-0; beat Grand Canyon in March to May on Saturday, 4-1; beat LSU in March to May on Saturday, 3-2
Upcoming: vs. Stetson (Friday, FAU Beach Bash in Paradise); vs. Florida Gulf Coast (Friday, FAU Beach Bash in Paradise); vs. UAB (Saturday, FAU Beach Bash in Paradise); at Florida Atlantic (Saturday, FAU Beach Bash in Paradise)
Recognitions: Keara Rutz and Torrey Van Winden (CCSA Pair of the Week, AVCA/CollegeBeachVB.com National Pair of the Week)
Big Picture: LSU gave FSU its closest match of the season yet in Gulf Shores this week, but the Seminoles remain undefeated and keep marching on.

*247Sports Composite rankings

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

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