Whenever Florida State bounces out of the ACC tournament, or advances past it into a postseason tournament, the schools throughout the conference's footprint will be happy. Specifically, they'll be glad to see the end of FSU's conference run because it will mean the days of late-game torture at the hand of guard Michael Snaer will be over.
Thursday night, Snaer stuck another dagger into the hearts of an ACC program with its own postseason hopes on the line.
As a team presumed to be on the NCAA tournament bubble, Virginia needed to prove its 20-point win at home over the Seminoles earlier this year was no fluke. With 4.5 seconds left in the ballgame, it appeared the Cavaliers were going to improve to 2-0 over the Seminoles this season.
After anxiously watching the Seminoles snatch a turnover near the end of the shot clock on their second-to-last possession of the game, the looks on the Cavaliers' bench suddenly turned from hopeful to complete disappointment.
When the game clock hit 4.4 seconds and the ball fell through the Seminoles' goal after a running, left-handed Michael Snaer floater, Virginia's backs were turned. The Cavaliers, like everyone else in the building, knew it was over. Even if Snaer had missed the subsequent "and-1" free throw, the Seminoles had won another game on a dazzling Snaer game-winner.
Of course, after the free throw and a Virginia scramble that didn't result in a score, that happened. For the sixth time in 14 months, the Seminoles had won a game on a shot by Snaer.
Who are the teams who have watched in frustration as Snaer walked off the court victorious? In order: Duke, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Maryland, Georgia Tech and Virginia (this actually was the second FSU game-winner against the Cavaliers in 14 months. Guard Ian Miller hit a buzzer-beating 3 in a game at Virginia last March).
Snaer, who hadn't hit any game-winners in his college career until last season, can only recall two buzzer-beaters in high school. One came in a key California state playoff game, he said.
So, now that you've seen the list of teams who have watched Snaer game-winning shots, who are the teams he has yet to scratch off his list before the conclusion of next week's ACC tournament?
The Seminoles face NC State at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Thanks to our friends at Seminoles.com, the ACC Digital Network and ESPN, you can take a look back at each of Snaer's game-winning shots right here: