There were three different shades of blue-bloods, two Hall-of-Fame coaches and, as anyone watching the television broadcast can attest, a superstar freshman waiting for the spotlight.
Phil Cofer had 11 points and 7-foot-3 center Christ Koumadje added nine points and nine rebounds.
This tournament was all about the 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson, whose February 20 knee sprain - that included the image of his left foot tearing through the side of his shoe as he fell to the court - had threatened to derail the title potential of a team that has spent a national-best seven weeks at No. 1 in the AP Top 25.
Ties a school record for wins in a single season.
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Virginia will wait for the 2019 NCAA Tournament selection on Sunday at 6 p.m. on CBS.
"We talked to each other about, we came too far to lose", Williamson said of Saturday's championship game. "And hopefully this gives us a little bit more respect". I mean, that's part of the journey we're on.
This line seems slightly bloated due to Duke's stature, but as we saw last night it is still a beatable team even with Williamson in the lineup.
That's the thing. As cool as it would have been to win on Saturday night, as disappointed as he and his team were after the game, there are bigger goals out there. For large stretches, they dominated.
"You know we don't shoot like that", said White, who missed all six attempts from 3-point range.
The Virginia Cavaliers react against the Florida State Seminoles
It was such that Kyle Guy had only two shots from the field in the second half, after putting up 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting in the first half.
"Florida State played well, they defended well, they were sound and tonight they were the tougher team", Virginia coach Tony Bennett said.
The difference was Florida State's efficiency on offense. Williamson scored a whopping 29 points to lead the team to victory. Not every player sees game time every contest, but they have all played in a majority, the lowest coming in at 21 of 33 games played.
Still, it was hard to walk away from Friday's narrow win over North Carolina with any sense of inevitability.
The custom white and blue Nikes he wore for his return feature Duke's logo on the back.
A senior transfer from Albany, Nichols a year ago was playing in front of about 4,500 fans in the America East tournament. Fast forward to the rematch and the Seminoles shot 56.5% for the game and outrebounded UVA 36-20.
When the Cavaliers took a brief lead midway through the second half, Nichols' turnaround jumper put the Seminoles back on top.
Three players scored in double figures for the Cavaliers, led by redshirt sophomore De'Andre Hunter (Philadelphia, Pa.) with 13 points.
"I don't want to get caught up in being excited about losses", he said.
"I'm not really anxious about that".
Even though North Carolina lost in an instant classic against Duke, I still think they're the most complete team in the country and the ACC team that has the best chance to cut down the nets.
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