Published: Tue, March 19, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Zion Williamson's Shoes: What Kind Is He Wearing Tonight vs. Syracuse?

Zion Williamson's Shoes: What Kind Is He Wearing Tonight vs. Syracuse?

Assuming Duke gets through the first round, eighth-seeded VCU or ninth-seeded UCF will be waiting.

Duke: This tournament has largely been about Williamson's return from the injury that had sidelined him for almost six full games, and what it means for the Blue Devils going forward.

Williamson was named the tournament's most valuable player, becoming only the sixth freshman to win the award and the first in a dozen years.

A big part of that was thanks to a balanced effort from Duke.

Duke will face Florida State in the Finals. Considering the potential that two of these teams could end up on the one line on Sunday, these games will be appointment viewing in the Selection Committee's room.

The East Region semifinals and final will be played in Washington, D.C., at Capital One Arena on March 29 and 31.

The Seminoles are 8-1-2 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games.

Three wins, 81 points and 30 rebounds by Zion Williamson later, it's safe to say Duke is back at its best.

North Carolina and Duke will play in the other ACC Tournament semifinal. Zion looked fully recovered from his sprained knee Thursday night, however, soaring through the air for one of the most remarkable games in his brief collegiate history in Duke's 84-72 win over Syracuse. The Blue Devils beat Florida State 73-63 on Saturday night in the Spectrum Center, securing Mike Krzyzewski's 15th ACC Tournament title and second in three seasons.

North Carolina improved to 101-46 all-time in the ACC Tournament and to 46-13 in quarterfinal games.

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Florida State lived to play another day in Charlotte.

"We're obviously really pleased to advance".

"What I've learned along the way is not to be satisfied, not to rationalize, " he said, "Because in these tough moments, rationalization can be the biggest opponent that you have at times".

Others vying for the top spots include Virginia, North Carolina, Gonzaga, Tennessee and possibly even the victor of the Big Ten title game between Michigan and Michigan State.

White's controlled play has the second-seeded Tar Heels in line for a run at their second ACC Tournament championship in four years and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

After the big FSU second-half run, the closest the Cavs would get the rest of the way was 6 points with just 55 seconds left, but Terance Mann's breakaway dunk in the closing seconds put the icing on the cake. "They were trying to penetrate and kick out or finish at the rim, and they got to the paint a lot, and that bothers us, and it's very repetitive, but we'll watch the tape and we'll be better from it".

LSU WITHOUT WADE: LSU goes into the NCAA Tournament having won nine of 11, but coach Will Wade remains under an indefinite suspension after a report he had been caught on a wiretap talking with a person convicted of funneling money to the families of basketball recruits.

Duke collected its ACC-record 21st tournament championship, winning the title for the second time in three years. No. 5 seed Wisconsin (23-10) meets 12th-seeded OR (23-12) on Friday in San Jose, with the Ducks having just won four games in as many days for the Pac-12 tournament title.

With the Seminoles making it hard for the Cavaliers to find open looks from beyond the arc, Virginia shot a mere 18 percent from three in the opening half of play, and overall, the Cavaliers were shooting 43 percent.

Nike officials had flown to Durham, N.C., Duke's home, in the days following the incident and then visited a Chinese factory to ensure that the new shoes were the best fit for Williamson.

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