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Florida State's Terance Mann (14) is congratulated by Trent Forrest (3) and Mfiondu Kabengele after making the a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left in overtime to give the No. 12 Seminoles a 65-63 win over No. 16 Virginia Tech in Thurdsay's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quartefinals in Charlotte, N.C.. (Chuck Burton/AP Photo)
Florida State's Terance Mann (14) is congratulated by Trent Forrest (3) and Mfiondu Kabengele after making the a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left in overtime to give the No. 12 Seminoles a 65-63 win over No. 16 Virginia Tech in Thurdsay's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quartefinals in Charlotte, N.C.. (Chuck Burton/AP Photo)


No. 12 Florida State 65, No. 16 Virginia Tech 63 (OT)

With the clock winding down in a tie game, Florida State's Terance Mann pushed upcourt and launched a twisting off-balance shot that ended with him flat on his back, his feet up in the air and the ball rattling around the rim.

Never a doubt, right?

"I knew," Mann said. "I knew it was going in."

The Seminoles advanced to Friday's semifinals to face second-ranked and top-seeded Virginia, which beat eighth-seeded North Carolina State earlier Thursday.

Mann's shot with 1.8 seconds left helped the Seminoles edge Virginia Tech on Thursday in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament quarterfinals, keeping the Seminoles' hot hand with the wildest-looking — yet nonetheless effective — of shots.

Mann's shot broke a 63-all tie for the fourth-seeded Seminoles (26-6), who secured the win when Nickeil Alexander-Walker missed a long 3-pointer at the horn on a desperation inbounds play from the far end.

Mann had the biggest shot of the game, but the Seminoles had two other big ones to secure this one in a testament to their balance. That included freshman Devin Vassell hitting a contested 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.

"That's just how our team is," said Mann, who had 10 points and nine rebounds. "Whoever feels comfortable with the position they're in, they're going to do it. And we all have full faith in here in everybody to do so."

Vassell scored 14 points to lead the Seminoles, who started the game with a 17-4 lead yet ended up in that tense finish.

It finally came down to Alexander-Walker missing a contested shot in the paint with about 10 seconds left in overtime. The Seminoles didn't call timeout, opting instead to push the ball back the other way.

"I was going to live and die with whatever happened as a result of that," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said.

Alexander-Walker finished with 21 points for the Hokies, including a 3 that bounced up off the front rim and dropped through the net for a 63-60 lead with 1:40 left in OT.

The lead didn't hold up in the second overtime matchup between the teams in the past 10 days — both won by FSU.

"He made a great drive, I just tried not to foul," Virginia Tech's Ahmed Hill said of Mann's shot. "He made a beautiful floater and it happened to go in."

The Seminoles arrived in Charlotte as one of the hottest teams in the country, winning 12 of 13 games to secure a double-round bye into the quarterfinals. They found a wild way to add to that streak.

Mann said he was looking to drive to the rim when he took a pass near halfcourt on that final transition chance. He pushed to the right against Hill and felt a bump, so he lifted off for a shot that ultimately bounced around the rim, touched the backboard and dropped through the net.

"I knew it wasn't a hard-enough bump to get the whistle," Mann said. "So once I was in the air, I knew I had to shoot it. I'm used to doing it."

Mann paused.

"It's like a 0.5-second thinking process right there," he said with a laugh.

Nebraska 69, No. 21 Maryland 61

James Palmer scored 24 points and Nebraska shut down Maryland for the first big surprise of the Big Ten Tournament.

Using a seven-man rotation because of injuries and backup guard Nana Akenten's suspension, the Cornhuskers harassed the Terrapins into 36 percent (18 for 50) shooting and 11 turnovers. Glynn Watson Jr. added 19 points, and Isaiah Roby finished with 15.

Nebraska (18-15) earned a second win in the Big Ten tourney for the first time since 2016 and will face fourth-seeded Wisconsin on Friday. The Cornhuskers advanced with a 68-61 victory over Rutgers on Wednesday night.

Maryland (22-10) swept Nebraska during the regular season, including a 60-45 win in Lincoln on Feb. 6. But the Terrapins struggled offensively in their third loss in their last four games.

No. 3 North Carolina 83, Louisville 70

Luke Maye had 19 points and nine rebounds, Coby White added 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists and North Carolina beat Louisville in the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals.

Cameron Johnson scored all of his 14 points in the first half to help the Tar Heels (27-5) extend their winning streak to eight games. North Carolina will face Duke in Friday's semifinals. The Tar Heels swept both games from the Blue Devils in the regular season, with Duke star freshman Zion Williamson injured in the first minute of the first meeting.

Dwayne Sutton had 14 points for Louisville (20-13). The Cardinals shot just 10 of 34 from 3-point range. They beat North Carolina by 19 on Jan. 12 in Chapel Hill — Roy Williams' worst home loss ever as Tar Heels coach.

No. 5 Duke 84, Syracuse 72

Zion Williamson made all 13 of his shots, five on high-flying dunks, and scored 29 points in his return to lead Duke to a victory over Syracuse in the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals.

RJ Barrett added 23 points and six rebounds to help Duke (27-5).

Williamson got off to a rousing start two minutes into the game when he stole a pass and drove the length of the floor before cocking his right hand back and throwing down a highlight-reel dunk that brought the crowd to its feet. He added three more soaring dunks in the first half — including one off an alley-oop pass from Barrett — and finished the first half with 21 points on 9-of-9 shooting and nine rebounds as Duke built a 34-28 lead.

It was Williamson's first game since his left Nike Paul George shoe broke during a Feb. 20 game against the Tar Heels, causing him to miss nearly six full games with a sprained right knee. Williamson wore modified Nike Kyrie 4's this time specifically designed to lend extra support to his 6-foot-7, 285-pound frame.

He showed no signs of any lingering knee issue and cracked a smile several times throughout the game.

Frank Howard scored 28 points for Syracuse (20-13).

No. 14 Nevada 77, Boise State 69

Jazz Johnson scored 20 points, Caleb Martin had 19 and Nevada rallied to beat Boise State in the Mountain West Conference Tournament quarterfinals.

Tre'Shawn Thurman added 17 points, and Cody Martin had 10 to help top-seeded Nevada (29-3) tie the school record for victories in a season. The Wolf Pack will face San Diego State in the semifinals.

Down 34-29 at halftime, Nevada shot 62 percent from the field in the second half, going 5 of 11 from 3-point range.

Derrick Alston led Boise State (13-20) with 21 points, and Justinian Jessup had 18.

No. 15 Kansas State 70, TCU 61

Xavier Snead scored 19 points, none bigger than a 3-pointer as the shot clock sounded in the final minute, and Kansas State rallied from a slow start to beat TCU Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals.

Barry Brown added 12 points, Kamau Stokes had 11 and Makol Mawien had 10 for the tournament's top seed. The Wildcats (25-7) advanced to play No. 5 seed Iowa State in the semifinals.

Kansas State (25-7) played without forward Dean Wade, who is sidelined once again with a foot injury. The senior watched the game from the sideline with a boot on his right foot.

Desmond Bane had 16 points for the Horned Frogs (20-13).

No. 17 Kansas 65, Texas 57

Devon Dotson scored 17 points, Dedric Lawson added 16 and Kansas pulled away in the second half to beat Texas in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals.

David McCormack added 13 points and a career-best nine rebounds for the third-seeded Jayhawks (24-9).

Dylan Osetkowski had 18 points to lead the sixth-seeded Longhorns (16-16), who may have needed a win at the Sprint Center to help their NCAA Tournament resume.

No. 18 Buffalo 82, Akron 46

Jeremy Harris scored 23 points, Dontay Caruthers and Buffalo routed Akron in the Mid-American Conference Tournament quarterfinals.

The top-seeded Bulls (29-3) built a 20-point lead in the first half and pushed it to 30 points midway through the second half. Seeking its fourth MAC title in five years, Buffalo will play Central Michigan in the semifinals.

Buffalo got just 10 points from C.J. Massinburg, the MAC's Player of the Year, and still rolled to its 10th straight win.

Moments after the game, Bulls coach Nate Oats met with athletic director Mark Alnutt in signed an extension through 2024.

Loren Cristian Jackson scored 16 points for Akron (17-16).

No. 22 Auburn 71, Missouri 71

Bryce Brown scored all 17 of his points in the second half and Auburn beat Missouri in the second round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Auburn (23-9) won its fifth straight to advance to the quarterfinals Friday against fourth-seeded South Carolina. The Tigers also snapped a three-game skid at the SEC tournament dating to 2015 when they reached the semifinals.

Jordan Geist had 25 points for Missouri (15-17).

No. 23 Marquette 86, St. John's 54

Markus Howard scored 12 of his 30 points in a game-breaking 23-2 second-half run, and Marquette snapped a four-game losing streak with the rout of St. John's in the Big East Tournament quarterfinals.

Fellow guard Sacar Anim added 13 points to help the second-seeded Golden Eagles (24-8) beat seventh-seeded St. John's (21-12) for the first time in three tries this season. Marquette will face the Seton Hall-Georgetown winner in the semifinals.

Justin Simon had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Red Storm.

No. 25 Villanova 73, Providence 62

Eric Paschall had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Villanova took control in final nine minutes to beat Providence in the Big East Conference Tournament quarterfinals.

Collin Gillespie added 19 points and six assists for the top-seeded and two-time defending champion Wildcats (23-9). Villanova capitalized on a 17-5 run to beat the Friars (18-15) for the third time this season.

Villanova will face Xavier in the semifinals.

Nate Watson had 15 points for Providence.


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