Florida State and Virginia both finished pool play in Division A with identical 2-1 records but the advantage favored the Seminoles by virtue of FSU's head-to-head victory over the Cavaliers in the tournament. Miami and Boston College both finished pool play at 1-2.
"Obviously, all of us Seminoles are elated," said head coach Mike Martin. "It just goes to show you the strength of our league; you never know what is going to happen. I said from day one that any of these eight teams can win it (ACC Tournament). Who would have ever thought Boston College would get five in the bottom of the ninth to tie Miami and then turn around and win it with a two-run (homer) in the 12th to even give us a chance. It was a typical bracket in the ACC so to speak. You just come to expect the unexpected in this league."
Now, the Seminoles must wait to see who they will face in the finals as it could be any of three teams in Division B. The championship scenario is as follows:
FSU will face Virginia Tech if the Hokies defeat NC State in the final game of pool play late Saturday night.
FSU will face Georgia Tech if the Yellow Jackets defeat Clemson and NC State defeats Virginia Tech. This would create a three-way tie with Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and NC State finishing pool play with 2-1 records. The tiebreaker would favor the Yellow Jackets as they are the team with the best overall winning percentage in conference play during the regular season.
FSU will face NC State if the Wolfpack defeat Virginia Tech and Clemson defeats Georgia Tech. NC State and Virginia Tech would finish pool play at 2-1 with the advantage favoring the Wolfpack by virtue of NC State's head-to-head victory over the Hokies in the tournament.
"All of us wanted to have a chance to play for it," added Martin. "You have to understand that when you are looking for this opportunity and you have no control, it puts you in a situation of, `well, let's see what happens' because you can't do anything about it." Florida State is 4-4 all-time in the ACC Tournament finals with its last conference title coming in 2004. Sunday's trip to the championship game by the Seminoles marks the fourth appearances for the Garnet and Gold in five years the ACC Tournament has been played in the state of North Carolina.
"I know that our young men just enjoy competing whether we are in the state of Florida or no matter where we are," said Martin. "This is just one of those opportunities that we have and now we have got to go and make the most of it. We know it is going to be tough. I like this little advantage of having a day off; I like that. The attitude of our ball club is one that knows we have a chance to win an ACC Championship, let's see what we can do."
Last year, the Seminoles fell 6-3 to Virginia in the championship finals held in Durham, N.C.
"This is awesome especially after being there and losing in the championship game last year," said junior Mike McGee. "Being able to come back and at least try it again is really big for this team. We are really excited to be playing in the game on Sunday."
The championship final will be shown live in Tallahassee (fans are encouraged to check their local listings for the exact channel). For those fans owning digital cable throughout the state of Florida, Fox College Sports is offering a free preview of Fox College Sports Atlantic (channel 723 in Tallahassee) and will air the finals live. The championship game will also air live on DirecTV (channel 656) and Dish Network (channel 450).
In addition, ISP Sports will be the national radio carrier of this year's league tournament via Sirius/XM radio and ISP's national network of affiliates. Sunday's game will air live on Sirius 215/XM 190. Fans can also listen to the Noles on the radio in Tallahassee on 100.7 FM and on the web at Seminoles.com. Live stats will also be available for the game.