The Florida State Seminoles will try and do their best to defend their ACC Tournament title from 2012.
Though Florida State has gone just 9-9 against conference opponents this season, they have one weapon which might lead them to the conference crown: Michael Snaer.
The 6'5" guard has single-handedly carried the Seminoles on his back at times this season. After his game-winning shot to beat Virginia on March 7, Snaer had an incredible four game-winning shots within the last five seconds of the game during the season.
Without his knack for hitting big shots, the Seminoles could very well be looking at a 5-13 record in their conference.
N.C. State head coach Mark Gottfried has high praise for the senior guard.
"I had already told myself if [February's] game with Florida State would've come down to the wire, we were doubling Michael Snaer. There's 5 seconds to go, I don't care if we leave somebody wide open, we're going to go get him and make somebody else make the shot... I do think it alters how you would defend late in the game."
It is not as if Snaer is just a guy who hits late shots. He has posted 14.5 points per game, on .418 percent shooting. His scoring has come in some nice spurts this season, with four games scoring over 20 points this season. His points per game ranks tenth best in the conference.
He is also good at other things on the floor, such as his 2.4 assists per game and his 4.4 rebounds per game, which is the best average on boards for a guard in the ACC. That kind of rebounding ability from a guard is a big asset to any team.
If the Seminoles are to win the ACC Tournament, they must do so by winning four consecutive games. With the kind of momentum they have from there back-to-back wins against Virginia and N.C. State, the Seminoles are going to be dangerous.
Without Snaer, that momentum would not be there. The team would not be as confident that they can get the job done. But with a great player who comes through in the biggest moments, the Seminoles are going to be a dangerous team to play.
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