Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 3/10/12
All the talk heading into the ACC tournament swirled around a potential third meeting between Tobacco Road arch-rivals North Carolina and Duke. Florida State, though, has every reason to believe it can re-route the conference title to Tallahassee. The 17th-ranked Seminoles try to win their first ACC tournament championship Sunday at Atlanta, where they'll face a fourth-ranked Tar Heels squad trying to nail down a No. 1 seed for the NCAA tournament. Coach Leonard Hamilton's team improved to a combined 3-1 against North Carolina and Duke following its 62-59 victory over the second-seeded Blue Devils in Saturday's semifinals. Florida State (23-9) used an active, physical defense to force 14 first-half turnovers and limit Duke to 37.3 percent shooting overall, while junior guard Michael Snaer had 16 points and six assists. "We knew that if we didn't guard them extensively for 40 minutes, they would be more than capable of hurting us on the offensive end," Hamilton said. "We grew up ...
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