Duke is back in a familiar position: champion of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The No. 9 Blue Devils swamped upstart Florida State with a
barrage of 3-pointers on the way to a 79-69 victory in the title
game Sunday, giving Duke its ninth ACC crown in 12 years.
Jon Scheyer scored 29 points, Gerald Henderson had 27 and the
Blue Devils (28-6) turned in one of its most complete performances
of the season to keep their Tobacco Road heirloom from heading down
to the Sunshine State. It couldn't have come at a better time, with
NCAA bids going out later Sunday.
Toney Douglas led the No. 22 Seminoles (25-9) with 28 points but
that wasn't nearly enough to give the school its first ACC
championship. Florida State will have to be content with knocking
off top-ranked North Carolina in the semifinals and earning its
first NCAA bid since 1998.