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Zion Williamson remembers crying in his mother's arms after suffering a knee sprain that would sideline him for almost six full games and threaten fifth-ranked Duke's title potential.

Virginia's ACC Tournament came to an end Friday night, as No. 4 seed Florida State out-toughed, out-hustled, and bottom line outplayed the top-seeded Cavaliers, 69-59, in the semifinals at the Spectrum Center. Zion also missed most of that game after being poked in the eye. With Williamson occupying prime real estate Friday, the Blue Devils had 50 - the most UNC has allowed in a game in eight years, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

North Carolina and Duke will play in the other ACC Tournament semifinal. Williamson and R.J. Barrett earned a spot on the all-tournament first team and Tre Jones was named to the second team. "So we want to win". "This is the best conference, especially this year, and I'm proud of my guys". The Blue Devils rank seventh in the country against the 3P, holding opponents to just 29.7%.

Duke: This tournament was all about the 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson, whose February 20 knee sprain - that included the image of his left foot tearing through the side of his shoe as he fell to the court - loomed over a team that had spent a national-best seven weeks at No. 1 in the AP Top 25. They were trying to beat Duke three times in a season for the first time since 1976, though Williamson's nearly complete absence had left a bit of a question how they might respond against Duke once he returned.

Duke Blue Devils forward Cam Reddish.

So, yeah. Odds are Zion will likely look like an adult playing against 6-year-olds whether Duke faces N.C. Central or Norfolk State this week.

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Florida State opened as nine-point underdogs with the total opening at 146.

"We got it to five, and you know how we are - we were ready to come back", Mann said.

Winston, the Big Ten Player of the Year, went 9 for 17 from the field and had six assists.

Duke is making its 33rd title game appearance - half of the 66 title games in ACC history have featured the Blue Devils. As the half wound down, however, the Cavaliers closed in on Florida State's lead, getting as close as within two points of the Seminoles.

Dwayne Sutton had 14 points for Louisville (20-13). "I feel like I'm back to normal".

"Just ball pressure, being able to just get down and dirty on defense and the main thing with us is our junkyard defense and we kind of take it in each and every practice", Cofer said. "Even at the start of the game I was struggling a little bit".

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"Coby thinks I get on him all the time about his shots and his turnovers, and he's right", Roy Williams said. "I'm trying to make the easy play instead of the home-run play". The first round begins Friday. The Blue Devils defeated the Seminoles, 80-78, back on January 12 in Tallahassee. Both teams showed sloppiness in the first half, combining for 15 turnovers.

He said his team took the wrong offensive approach.

Duke did manage to improve in an area that it has struggled mightily in throughout the season-at the charity stripe.

And point guard Tre Jones had his own strong outing, part of Duke's closing act that showed the Blue Devils - with Williamson healthy after missing almost six full games with a knee sprain - are ready for their NCAA Tournament push.

"We were just having that type of night tonight and I think the main thing with us is to just learn from it and move on", he said.

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