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UNC-FSU Preview

UNC (10-5, 2-0 ACC) vs. Florida State (10-5, 2-0)
When: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2 p.m.
Where: Donald L. Tucker Center (Tallahassee, Fla.)
TV: ESPN
Series: UNC leads FSU 42-12

There is no report on if Leslie McDonald will be available today against Florida State.

Quick hits

Last season- Last season in Tallahassee the Heels suffered their worst lost of the Roy Williams era, falling to the Seminoles 90-57. No. 3 UNC shot 37.3 percent from the field on 22 of 59 shooting and just 19 percent from behind the arc on 4 of 21 shooting. FSU began the second half on a 30 to 8 run and finished the game with 12 three-pointers. UNC met FSU again in the ACC tournament championship, when the Heels overcame a 16-point deficit, but a missed last-second shot by P.J. Hairston secured the win for the Seminoles.

Last game- The Tar Heels fell to 0-2 in ACC play when Kenny Kadji and the Miami Hurricanes made key plays late in the game to walk away from Chapel Hill with a 68-59 win. Kadji finished with 18 points and the Seminoles shot over 46 percent in both halves. UNC crumbled in the last five minutes of play, and the Hurricanes knocked down open shots from deep to pull away. Last Tuesday, FSU went to Maryland and rallied from a 12-point deficit to beat the favored Terrapins 65-62. Forward Okaro White led the scoring for the Seminoles with 20 points.

Season story- Preseason picked to finish 4th in the ACC by the media after winning both the ACC regular season and conference championship last year, the Seminoles have started ACC play 2-0, beating Clemson and Maryland. On the season, however, FSU has suffered five out-of-conference losses (South Alabama, North Florida, No. 21 Minnesota, Mercer, No. 6 Florida and Auburn). Though Florida State lost four of the five starters that carried the team to an ACC title, they do return three of their top four scorers, including shooting guard Michael Snaer. The senior led the Seminoles with 14 points per game and made over 40 percent of his shots from deep last season.

What to watch for...

-- Leslie McDonald didn't play two days ago vs. Miami due to a sore right knee. There is no current report on if he’ll play today.

--.Over the past three games (UNLV, UVa and Miami), the Tar Heels have allowed their opponents’ first half field goal percentage to increase after the break. Florida State is averaging 45.1 percent shooting on the season.

-- If Florida State wins, it will be the first time in history the Seminoles will have beaten the Tar Heels three times in a row.

Expected starters...

UNC
F-Desmond Hubert (6’9”, 200, So.) – 1.3 PPG 

F- James Michael McAdoo (6’9”, 230, So.) – 14.5 PPG 

G- Reggie Bullock (6’7”, 205, Jr.) – 13.6 PPG 

G- Dexter Strickland (6’3”, 185, Sr.) – 8.4 PPG 

PG- Marcus Paige (6’5”, 157, Fr.) – 7.2 PPG

Florida State
C- Kiel Turpin (7’0”, 240, Jr.) – 3.7 PPG
F- Okaro White (6’8”, 204, Jr.) – 13.3 PPG
F- Montay Brandon (6’7”, 216, Fr.) – 5.4 PPG
G- Michael Snaer (6’5”, 202, Sr.) – 15.6 PPG
PG- Terry Whisnant (6’3”, 185, So.) – 6.9 PPG


Quotable

"I'm stressed, there's no question about that, but I'm not a guy to panic. I'm not a guy to give up or anything like that. I'm going to come in tomorrow and coach the crap out of them and grade the tape tonight. This is one of those no sleep nights, but my God I don't sleep much anyway. As Charles Barkley said, 'You can sleep when you die.'" – Roy Williams after the Miami loss

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