The second round of the ACC Conference Championship has concluded. Four teams advanced on March 9, 2012: North Carolina State, Duke, North Carolina, and Florida State.
As noted yesterday, North Carolina State is a team that many consider to be on the wrong side of the bubble. So it was huge for the Wolfpack to come up with a victory over Virginia in the ACC Tournament, 67-64. The big hero for North Carolina State was CJ Leslie, who scored 19 points and added 14 rebounds. With the win, North Carolina State will move on to play North Carolina. Mike Scott led Virginia with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
The news was not as good for Miami. Florida State defeated the Hurricanes, 82-71. The Seminoles were led by Michael Snaer’s 20 points. Shane Larkin led Miami with 16 points. Joe Lunardi has Miami as the second team in the “Last Four Out.” For more analysis on Miami’s chances, see here.
In the other quarterfinal games, Duke defeated Virginia Tech, 60-56. North Carolina defeated Maryland, 85-69. In New York City, Syracuse suffered only its second loss of the season, losing to Cincinnati, 71-68. The biggest news of these three games, however, was the wrist injury suffered by John Henson. Right now, it is being called a sprain.
- #1 North Carolina v #5 North Carolina State 1:00 pm
- #2 Duke v #3 Florida State, 3:00 pm
The Championship game will, of course, be Sunday afternoon.