After spending a good portion of the season in a tie with Florida State atop the ACC, Friday night’s action looked as though it would result in an outright Tar Heels lead. When the Seminoles hosted the unranked Virginia Tech Hokies (14-12, 3-8 ACC), the team found themselves in an unexpected predicament. With just 1:29 left in the game, Florida State was down by 13 points by the score of 45-37. For the first time in several weeks, it looked as though UNC would take over as the sole leader of the ACC. However, after one of the most impressive comeback performances of the 2012 season, the Seminoles were able to pull out a last second victory.
During the final stretch of the match-up, the Noles displayed the same clutch tendencies that have defines them thus far this season. Guard Ian Miller hit a three-pointer from the right corner with just 44 seconds left on the clock. The shot brought his team within two points of the lead by a score of 47-45. After a pair of missed free throws from the Hokies Robert Brown (who was selected to take the shots after Jarell Eddie was fouled but then experience a leg cramp that took him out of the game). With the game on the line, Florida State guard Michael Snaer drilled a three point basket from the left wing to give his team their final lead of the game. With just 2.6 seconds left on the clock, Virginia Tech was able to do nothing more than put up a last second attempt, which fell unfortunately short.
While the Seminoles comeback was disheartening for UNC fans, the Tar Heels still hold a share of the ACC lead with 9-2 conference record. However, in a year in which parody is at the highest point that NCAA basketball has seen in some time, it looks as though the ACC will be no exception. With such a close three way battle between UNC, Florida State, and Duke, it’s clear that the eventual ACC Champion will have earned their title. The real question from this point forward is whether or not the Heels have the killer instinct to take care of business when the time comes.
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