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NCAA Basketball

ACC Basketball Tournament: Finals Preview

By Adam McGill

Game: North Carolina – Florida State 1:00PM ET

Game Analysis: Florida State pulled off a monster upset over the sixth ranked Duke Blue Devils last night, as they now advance to the second conference final in the university’s history. North Carolina is a completely different story, as everyone expected the Tar Heels to coast to the finals.  They beat up their opponents much like they have all year, and now have their sights set on a 26th ACC Title.

Matchup to Watch: G Michael Snaer, Florida State vs. G Kendall Marshall, North Carolina – Snaer caught Duke sleeping last night, as he torched the Blue Devils with 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists.  He will be matched up against the best point guard in the nation in Marshall, so this will be a great chance to evaluate how the junior has matured.  Marshall has played extremely well as of late by averaging 15 points and just over 10 assists per game since their regular season finale against Duke.

Player to Watch: F Harrison Barnes, North Carolina – Barnes has been somewhat quiet in the last month. He is still knocking down jump shots and playing defense, but his baskets have not been as exciting as those of Marshall or ACC Player of the Year, Tyler Zeller.  He still should not be underestimated, as he is by far the best NBA prospect in the nation.

Player to Watch: F Tyler Zeller, North Carolina – Zeller has yet to match up against a forward who could both post up with him and cover him in the open court.  Zeller is a double-double machine, so nothing short of 15 points and 10 boards would be a disappointing game.

Prediction: North Carolina 81 – Florida State 69