FSU vs Virginia

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FSU vs Virginia: As the FSU basketball team entered Charlotte for the 2019 edition of the ACC Tournament, Florida State Seminoles, who squeaked by Virginia Tech in overtime yesterday afternoon.

What the Seminoles didn’t expect was that they were again going to have to play some extra basketball against that same team with another wild finish that would send them back to the semifinal round for just the fifth time since joining the conference nearly three decades before.

Now, the Noles find themselves facing a team who may be in the running for top overall seed in next week’s NCAA Tournament for the right to play for the conference title on Saturday night.

Well, the second half was a completely different story as the Cavaliers went on one of those classic Virginia runs and outscored the Wolfpack by 20 in the second half to cruise to an easy win and a trip to the semifinals.

Guy was outstanding, scoring 29 points and connecting on seven of nine from beyond the arc but it was the performance of senior center Jack Salt that stood out. Salt scored a career-high 18 points and was essential in helping Virginia pull away early in the second half.

After beating Virginia Tech in the home finale in overtime back on March 5th, it was the Seminoles and Hokies for the right to move on to the semis. For FSU basketball, the first half was one that they want to bottle up and keep the rest of the tournament and through March Madness as they had a 13 point lead early on.

But, the Hokies took a page from what took place in Tallahassee and cut the lead down to two points at the half – and while the Seminoles would lead almost all of the second half, Virginia Tech’s Kerry Blackshear hit two straight baskets to give the Hokies a three point lead. With just seconds left in regulation, Devin Vassell hit three of his team high 14 points and sent the game to overtime.

Virginia was led in that game by Kyle Guy and Braxton Key. Guy was 5-for-6 from downtown for 21 points, while Key scored a season-high 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the field. Key has been in double digits just once since that game, so it would certainly be nice to get him going again. Here’s Key hitting a catch-and-shoot three against FSU:

We know this isn’t Key’s strength. He’s under 30% from downtown for his career, but at this point in the game, Key was being guarded by freshman Anthony Polite. Later on, he was guarded by freshman Raiquan Gray, who left Key all alone under the basket (Gray also fell down, but that was 25 feet away from where his man was).

That’s what Kyle Guy does to a defense. Gray switched onto Guy before the screen was even set. With Guy’s man at a full sprint across the court, there was no way he could get back to stop Key underneath the basket. Guy was simply unconscious and that can be unnerving to a defense.

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