The second half of Virginia-NC State will begin shortly on ESPN.
Williamson injured his knee February 20 when his sneaker tore on the opening possession of Duke's first game against the Tar Heels, and the freshman's absence overshadowed a signature win for UNC. "He's able to guard anybody when we switch, and he's on the boards always". "It's very evident what we need to fix, and we'll be ready come next week".
On the year, Duke has an offensive efficiency (points per 100 possessions) of 113.8 and a defensive efficiency of 91.5.
"He adds a different dimension to their team", UNC's Cam Johnson said of Williamson's return. "More physical, all of it". Duke knocked off UNLV, the defending national champs, in the semifinals but Kansas - coached by Williams - prevented a Duke-Carolina championship final by beating the Tar Heels.
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The junior shot 4 of 13 against Florida State, including 2 of 9 from beyond the arc, one game after going 1 for 11 in Thursday's 76-56 win against North Carolina State in the quarterfinals.
"I don't know how many, but we have been to several Final Fours". "So when I saw it miss, my instinct was to get the rebound and go back up, but I realized I could just tip it in".
Among the Cavaliers "Big Three" of Guy, Jerome and De'Andre Hunter, only Hunter (team-high 13 points) shot at least 50 percent against the Seminoles, whose size advantage and leaping ability throughout their deep roster helped produce a 35-20 margin in rebounding.
"You get into this part of the year, the postseason, and the defense cranks up", Virginia Coach Tony Bennett said.
Reddish, who is averaging 14 points this season, is a threat from behind the 3-point line and adds another element to Duke's offense when he is playing well. Without Williamson, there was no question which team was better.More news: Thiem into Indian Wells semi-finals as Monfils pulls out
Virginia led only briefly in the second half, its last advantage at 45-44 with 13:28 to play.
FSU now looks for its first ACC Tournament title since 2012.
"We grow from this experience", Bennett said.
Which roles into No. 2, and the wish across basketball that we get that game again on Monday, April 8 in Minneapolis.
Florida State comes into this one with a 27-6 mark overall. They defended well. They were sound, and tonight they were the tougher team, or more physical. The Seminoles upset No. 2 Virginia in the s first semifinal. Nichols repeatedly backed down Clark on the low block to sink short jumpers. Duke enters the locker room shooting 48.6 percent compared to 47.1 percent from the Tar Heels. While Nichols was heating up, the Cavaliers couldn't score, going almost 6 1/2 minutes without a field goal.More news: New Zealand shooter used 5 guns in mosque massacre
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