ACC Tournament 2012: Florida State Proves It Is Major Threat in Big Dance

Scott SemmlerAnalyst IIMarch 11, 2012

Florida State won its first ACC Tournament championship on Sunday afternoon, proving to the NCAA selection committee and any opponent in March that they are a legitimate threat to win on any given night.

The Seminoles took down both favorites in the ACC Tournament, Duke and North Carolina, on their way to earning an impressive win on Sunday that should attract the attention of the major teams in the NCAA Tournament.

North Carolina, who played without premiere shot-blocker and ACC Defensive Player of the Year John Henson, was defenseless against Florida State's inside-outside game that showed just how versatile the Seminoles can really be.  That versatility is something that teams should be taking notice of once all the way to the Elite 8 and beyond.

Florida State is on a roll now and could be considered one of the hottest teams heading into the NCAA Tournament.  They have now won five straight games and have gone 15-3 in their last 18 games.  One of those wins was against North Carolina in mid-January, where the Seminoles boat-raced the Tar Heels out of their gym, a defining win to their season.

Add two more defining wins to their season, though.  Florida State took down Duke and North Carolina, two teams that will be earning top-2 seeds in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night, on their way to the ACC Tournament Championship.

It was their second win over the Tar Heels this season.

The Seminoles height and athleticism was on display against North Carolina, with the team also being able to strike from three-point range when called upon.  Both Deividas Dulkys and Luke Louks were able to get their shots and knock them down against North Carolina.

The two combined to make six of 13 thee-pointers on Sunday, including Dulkys, who went four of nine from beyond the arc.  The Seminoles will only be as good as their clutch three-point shooting will take them in the NCAA Tournament, but Sunday looked like they will playing for a long time.