First of all, this has been a really fun ACC Tournament. A lot of fun games. I have been tremendously surprised by the play of Florida State. I didn’t even think they would make it past Virginia Tech, much less Virginia. So that being said, let’s drive right into this championship game.
Florida State vs. Duke
When: 8:30 p.m. ET ESPN
Spread: Duke -8
The only other time these teams met this year, it was a shootout. Duke ended up winning the thriller at Florida State 80-78. Duke still has more to show in this ACC tournament. Last night’s win over their biggest rival, North Carolina, was exhausting and full of emotion. I think that it might have taken a lot out of some of these guys, but now they have this confidence they didn’t have before the tournament. Duke has now gotten over the hurdle of beating North Carolina this season. If this were the regular season and they were playing at Florida State, then some might say that Duke is due for a letdown game. I don’t see that happening in this ACC Tournament final though.
That being said, Florida State has impressed me immensely. They have really made me eat my words time and time again in this tournament. I am shocked with the level of play they have had so far. I think that they can really carry their level of shooting and defensive abilities throughout the tournament into this game. As much as I’m going to hate saying this, Duke is just a much better team. I know I have been picking against Florida State all tournament long, but the addition of Zion Williamson back into the lineup has proven to be so effective. It is true how good Zion really is. I don’t think anyone in the country can have an answer for him. However, some credit for Florida State, I think that they are going to beat the spread. That’s a big spread for a conference championship game. This will be fun to watch and a close game throughout. Duke will be your 2019 ACC Tournament Champions.
Prediction: Duke 77 – 71 Florida State
Categories: NCAA Basketball