|FOOTBALL Regular Season|
|Sept 2||AT PITT||
|Sept 14||vs Nevada||TBA|
|Sept 21||vs Bethune-Cookman||
|Sept 28||AT Boston College||TBA|
|Oct 5||vs Maryland||
|Oct 19||AT Clemson||TBA|
|Oct 26||vs North Carolina State||
|Nov 2||vs Miami||TBA|
|Nov 9||AT Wake Forest||
|Nov 16||vs Syracuse||TBA|
|Nov 23||vs Idaho||
|Nov 30||AT Florida||TBA|
Not surprisingly Florida State received a place in the National Invitation Tournament, and the Noles drew the right to host a first-round game as well.
FSU opens Tuesday night (7:15 p.m.) against Louisiana Tech. The Eagles were 26-3 and ranked less than three weeks ago but ended their season with three straight defeats, including to 9-21 Texas-San Antonio in the WAC quarterfinals.
As a regular-season conference champ La Tech earned an automatic spot in the NIT. Florida State is a fourth seed and would likely head to No. 1 seed Southern Miss for the second round if it wins.
Southern Miss opens with Charleston Southern; should the Bucs pull the upset FSU would host again. The top seed hosts each of the first three rounds then the final four teams convene in New York City to determine the champion.
The other No. 1 seeds are Kentucky, Alabama and Virginia.
Florida State is 18-15.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — P.J. Hairston scored 21 points to help North Carolina beat Florida State 83-62 on Friday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals.
Hairston hit five 3-pointers before leaving late in the game with a cut on his left hand, while Reggie Bullock added 17 points for the third-seeded Tar Heels (23-9). They took control with a 13-0 run early in the second half, hit 10 3s and also scored 27 points off 18 turnovers to beat the reigning champion Seminoles in a rematch of last season's championship game.
The Tar Heels reached Saturday's semifinals to face seventh-seeded Maryland, which upset second-ranked Duke earlier Friday. UNC has reached the past two finals and is trying for its first title since 2008.
Michael Snaer scored 20 for sixth-seeded Florida State (18-15), which lost all three meetings with the Tar Heels this season with the last two coming by 21 points each.
Hairston, playing in his hometown, hit his first four 3-pointers and finished 7-for-11 from the field, including 5-for-6 from behind the arc. But he suffered a cut to the webbing between two fingers and left a trail of blood droplets as he checked out of the game. Hairston left the bench area in obvious pain with 4:13 left.
Hairston needed stitches for the cut, but the severity of his injury wasn't immediately known after the game.
The Seminoles advanced to the quarterfinals by holding off 11th-seeded Clemson in the first round Thursday night. But they struggled to slow Hairston early and then Bullock after halftime, as the Tar Heels' four-guard lineup returned to the form it displayed in a six-game winning streak before losing to Duke at home last weekend.
Two of Hairston's first-half 3s fueled an 8-0 burst that gave UNC a 10-point lead, then Bullock sparked the 13-0 second-half run that helped the Tar Heels blow the game open.
After FSU closed to within 39-35, Hairston started the run with a 3, while Bullock followed two possessions later with his own 3 over Devon Bookert. Bullock also had a driving layup while drawing a foul for a three-point play, then Hairston closed the run with two free throws to make it 52-35 with 14:15 left.
Florida State never managed to get that deficit back to single digits.
Bullock went 7-for-11 and scored 13 of his points after halftime. James Michael McAdoo added 12 points for UNC despite foul trouble, while Dexter Strickland added 10.
Snaer — the senior with six buzzer-beating winners in the past two seasons — fouled out with 1:40 left and headed to the bench to a standing ovation from his teammates. He finished 8-for-12 from the field and 3-for-5 from behind the arc to go with seven rebounds and five assists.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Michael Snaer hit four free throws in the final 22.4 seconds to help reigning champion Florida State hold off Clemson 73-69 on Thursday night in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Snaer finished with 10 points for the sixth-seeded Seminoles (18-14), who let a 14-point lead with 3 minutes left slip to a single bucket late. But Snaer's last two free throws with 6.9 seconds showing made it a two-possession game and helped FSU hang on.
Okaro White scored a career-high 24 points for FSU, while Terrance Shannon added 12 — including six straight to spark a 14-3 second-half run that helped the Seminoles take control after trailing by 10 in the first half.
Florida State advanced to Friday's quarterfinals to face third-seeded North Carolina.
Jordan Roper scored 18 to lead the 11th-seeded Tigers (13-18), who lost their seventh straight to close their worst season in nine years.
Clemson had posted seven straight winning seasons, but finished with its fewest victories since winning just 10 in 2004. Still, the Tigers nearly pulled off an improbable comeback.
The Tigers fought back to within 69-66 on Roper's 3-pointer with 23.1 seconds left, but Snaer answered with two free throws to make it a two-possession game. Then Devin Booker hit another 3 to close the gap to 71-69 with 12.1 seconds left, only to see Snaer — who had four buzzer-beating baskets this year for wins — live up to his clutch reputation by calmly sinking two more foul shots.
The Seminoles swept the two regular-season meetings by a combined eight points, with the second coming Jan. 24 when Snaer banked in a 3-pointer at the horn. Florida State gained some momentum by closing the regular season with home wins against Virginia and North Carolina State, marking the first time the Seminoles had won consecutive games in two months.
Florida State got a boost with the play of Shannon, a 6-foot-8 forward who at one point was thought to be out for the season with a neck injury suffered in January. He returned two weeks ago and played 3 minutes at North Carolina, then sat out the next two games before coming up huge in this one.
With the game tied at 46, Shannon hit two free throws, then scored on a stickback and added two more free throws to give Florida State a 52-46 lead with 6:18 left. Then, after Devon Booker's 3-pointer over Roper, White scored on a goaltending call inside and added a 3-pointer to give the Seminoles a 60-49 lead with 4½ minutes left.