ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 09: A cheerleader for the Florida State Seminoles performs against the Miami Hurricanes in their Quarterfinal game of the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Conferene Tournament at Philips Arena on March 9, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
For just the 3rd time in 20 years, FSU has advanced to the weekend portion of the ACC Tournament. FSU used solid 3-point shooting in the first half to take a 9-point lead into halftime, and then had an answer for every Miami run in the 2nd half. The Noles played one of their best offensive games of the season (1.21 points per possession) and it was enough to overcome a hot shooting Miami team. The Hurricanes attempted 25 threes, and made 40%. Miami grabbed 14 offensive boards and only turned the ball over 12 times. Last year those numbers would have resulted in a Seminoles loss. Instead, FSU played an elite level of offense and survived to advance. And the loss for Miami will most likely result in them not hearing their name called on Selection Sunday.
Michael Snaer led all scorers with 20 points (on 7 shots!!!), Ian Miller had 18, Bernard James had 14 points and 7 rebounds, and Luke Loucks - who became the all time leader in games played for FSU - had 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
Now the Noles advance to the semi finals and take on Duke at 3pm