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Clash of Titans: UNC vs. Florida State – Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Tournament Quarterfinal Showdown

SportsClash of Titans: UNC vs. Florida State - Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Tournament Quarterfinal Showdown

Although the Tar Heels are eager for more, the North Carolina men’s basketball team earned the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championship.

Playing Florida State (17-15, 10-10) at Capital One Arena on Thursday at 12:00, UNC (25-6, 17-3) will start their Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Tournament run.

The Tar Heels are ranked No. 4 in the AP poll and are the tournament’s top seed for a record 27th time. This is the best ranking they have held at the end of the regular season since they were No. 3 entering the conference tournament in the 2018–19 campaign.

Cormac Ryan scored a career-high 31 points in the Tar Heels’ victory over Duke on Saturday to close the regular season, so newly crowned ACC Player of the Year RJ Davis didn’t have to do much. However, the team’s top scorer of the year appears to be capable of leading the team to a deep run in both the conference and NCAA tournaments.

The Seminoles defeated Virginia Tech in their second-round match to secure a date with the Tar Heels. Florida State was led by Jamir Watkins, who scored a career-high 34 points on Wednesday.

The match on Thursday will mark UNC and FSU’s ninth meeting in the ACC Tournament. When the teams played in the Greensboro tournament in 2021, the Seminoles emerged victorious in the semifinal round, defeating the Hawks 69-66.

u-RJ Davis, North Carolina, 6-0, 180, Sr., White Plains, New York.

Kyle Filipowski, Duke, 7-0, 248, So., Westtown, New York.

PJ Hall, Clemson, 6-10, 238, Sr., Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Hunter Sallis, Wake Forest, 6-5, 185, Jr., Omaha, Nebraska.

t-Armando Bacot, North Carolina, 6-11, 240, Gr., Richmond, Virginia.

t-Reece Beekman, Virginia, 6-3, 194, Sr., Milwaukee.

u-unanimous selection; t-tied for final spot

Judah Mintz, Syracuse, 6-4, 185, So., Fort Washington, Maryland.

Blake Hinson, Pittsburgh, 6-8, 230, Sr., Deltona, Florida.

Norchad Omier, Miami, 6-7, 240, Jr., Bluefields, Nicaragua.

DJ Horne, North Carolina State, 6-2, 180, Gr., Raleigh, North Carolina.

t-Quinten Post, Boston College, 7-0, 235, Gr., Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

t-Jeremy Roach, Duke, 6-2, 180, Sr., Leesburg, Virginia.

t-tied for final spot.

Coach of the year – Hubert Davis, North Carolina

Player of the year – RJ Davis, North Carolina

Newcomer of the year – Hunter Sallis, Wake Forest

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