It's UNC vs. FSU and Duke vs. Maryland at ACC tonight

Mar. 15, 2013 @ 12:13 AM

It took four free throws in the final 22.4 seconds, but Michael Snaer finally sealed Florida State’s victory over Clemson at 11:55 p.m. Thursday in the opening round of the ACC Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum.

The win by the Seminoles (18-14) gives them a date against North Carolina (22-9) in the last quarterfinal game (9 p.m., WRAL).

The Tar Heels won both regular-season meetings with FSU, though the game in Tallahassee was decided by only five points.

The other games Thursday followed a scenario of being close until a second-half burst settled the issue.

Wake Forest was tied with Maryland 54-54 at the 7:33 mark of the second half but was in the midst of a span 8:02 when the Demon Deacons went 13 possessions without a field goal, as the Terps cruised to victory.

That sets up the third meeting between Maryland and Duke this season, in the evening’s first game (7 p.m., WRAL).

Earlier in the day, N.C. State pulled away from Virginia Tech 80-63 thanks to 22 points and 12 rebounds by Richard Howell.

The Wolfpack (23-9) will face No. 4 seed Virginia in the second game of the early session (2 p.m., WRAL), which follows top-seeded Miami vs. Boston College (noon, WRAL).