The ACC tournament will wrap up on Sunday afternoon when the North Carolina Tar Heels take on the Florida State Seminoles.
North Carolina last won the tournament in 2008, having lost to Duke in the finals a year ago. In total, they have won the tournament 17 times. Florida State has never won it, but did beat the Tar Heels earlier in the season, 90-57. If they do win the tournament for the first time, they will have beaten ACC powers Duke and UNC on consecutive days.
Where: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
When: Sunday, March 11 at 1 p.m. ET
Watch: ESPN, Streamed live on ESPN 3
Listen: WCHL 1360 AM in Chapel Hill. Full list of affiliates at Tarheelblue.com.
WFLA 100.7 FM, WNLS 1270 AM in Tallahassee. Full list of affiliates at Seminoles.com.
Betting Line: North Carolina (-5.5), according to Sportsbook.
Look for Florida State to keep this one close enough. They are a really good team and manhandled UNC earlier in the season. I do think the Tar Heels will win, but that spread it too big. Go with the Seminoles.
North Carolina F John Henson did not play or dress in Saturday's semifinal win against North Carolina State. His status for Sunday is currently unknown.
(Official injury report via USA Today.)
North Carolina G Dexter Strickland and G Leslie McDonald are out.
Florida State F Terrance Shannon is out for the year.
What's at Stake?
The obvious answer is the ACC championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament, but both teams are going to go to that.
For UNC, a win would lock up a No. 1 seed beyond any reasonable shadow of a doubt.
For Florida State, it would be a tremendous mental note to beat Duke and North Carolina on consecutive days, considering the dominance those two have enjoyed in the ACC.
What They're Saying
In his latest projections, Joe Lunardi of ESPN had North Carolina as a No. 1 seed in the South. Reaching the finals likely solidifies that.
Meanwhile, Edward Aschoff of ESPN projected that a win from Florida State might well put them into great position in the NCAA tournament. "A win for the Seminoles might propel them to a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament, but it appears the Noles have secured at least a No. 4 seed."
Most Important Player to Watch
If he plays, it will be Henson. North Carolina will need him at his best if they're going to run to the National Championship.
Otherwise, watch for Harrison Barnes. Even though the team has been winning, Barnes has been a little inconsistent, which showed up in the first half against NC State. Florida State is a much better team, so if Barnes isn't on, the gap may well be too big to close.
Key Matchup: Tyler Zeller vs. Bernard James
They look to see a lot of each other on Sunday. James will need to find a way to limit Zeller's output. If he does, look for the upset.
Prediction: North Carolina 77, Florida State 74
This is going to be a fantastic game, but North Carolina has a more talented roster. They will look to avenge the embarrassing loss earlier in the year, locking up a No. 1 seed in the process.
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