Ahead of a tough matchup with surging Duke, Hamilton said it's up to his players to stick together and remember who they are so that they might finish out this perceived Cinderella story with a crown.
"We're not anxious about it", UNC senior Luke Maye said of the Tar Heels getting a No. 1 seed, "but I think the way we've played, the way we've come on here lately - they're a great team", he said of Duke.
The second-ranked and top-seeded Cavaliers (29-2) have won nine in a row and 13 of their last 14 as well, and are fresh off a 76-56 comeback win over NC State in Thursday's quarterfinal round after trailing at the half.
"We've got to play better - I've got to play better", Maye said.
Despite FSU's efficiency on the defensive end and in the rebounding category, U.Va. still had a chance to take control midway through the second half.
During an 11-1 Seminoles run in the second half, Nichols made three consecutive field goals, once even scoring on Hunter, the ACC defensive player of the year and projected National Basketball Association lottery pick who has drawn comparisons to Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, among the best two-way players in the world.
U.Va. grabbed the lead 43-42 with 14:26 left - its first lead since 8-7 - when De'Andre Hunter got to the rim for a layup. His steal that led to a monster dunk was a turning point in the game.
Phil Cofer, Mfiondu Kebengele and Trent Forrest chipped in with 11, 10 and 10 points, respectively.
Koumadje had nine points and nine rebounds in just 20 minutes.
It wasn't hard for Roy Williams to recap what changed between his team's first two matchups with Duke, which ended in dominant North Carolina victories, and what transpired Friday night, with the Blue Devils edging out a 74-73 win that might well have shifted the pecking order for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
There were, for the first time ever, three top-5 teams among the league's final four. Forrest connected on 4 of 7 field-goal attempts, while Kabengele was 3 of 4.
"They played great defense, we were missing some shots, we were turning the ball over, they were getting a lot of offensive rebounds". Jerome was 2 of 15 from beyond the 3-point line in U.Va.'s two ACC tournament games.
"I think the main thing is being able to put our phones down and be able to rest and keep doing us", he said.
Krzyzewski stresses to his bench guys to always stay ready because you never know when your number is going to be called. It's about the team. The Seminoles came into tournament play with a four-game win streak, and they've taken out Virginia Tech and Virginia so far since then.