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UNC vs. FSU pre-game notes

Florida State (15-13, 7-8 ACC) at North Carolina (20-8, 10-5)

UNC's surge has coincided with going to a small lineup featuring P.J. Hairston.

Sunday, March 3, 2013
Tipoff: 2 p.m.
Site: Smith Center, Chapel Hill
Television: CBS - Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst)


North Carolina (20-8, 10-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) will try to stay tied for third place in the ACC when it hosts Florida State (15-13, 7-8 ACC) on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Smith Center.

Carolina enters the weekend at 10-5 in ACC play, tied for third place in the conference with Virginia. Miami enters the weekend in first place at 14-1 and Duke is second at 11-4. NC State is fifth at 9-6, and Maryland and Florida State are both 7-8.

UNC has won four consecutive games and 10 of 13 since starting ACC play 0-2 in early January. Carolina’s four-game win streak includes victories over Virginia (Feb. 16 at home), Georgia Tech (Feb. 19 on the road), NC State (Feb. 23 at home) and Clemson (Feb. 28 on the road).

The Seminoles are coming off a 76-62 home win over Wake Forest on Tuesday night after previously having lost back-to-back road games at NC State and Virginia Tech.

Tar Heels' tidbits

The Tar Heels have committed only 35 turnovers in the last four games, an average of 8.8 per game.

In the last five games since P.J. Hairston moved into the starting lineup, Carolina has a 90-40 edge in points off turnovers.

Hairston has hit at least one three-pointer in each of his last 25 games (every game he’s played in this season except the season opener against Gardner-Webb. He has scored in double figures in each of his last 10 games.

Hairston has started the last five games and totaled 85 points and 29 rebounds
in those outings (averaging 17.0 ppg and 5.8 rpg).

A look ahead

After Sunday’s game, Carolina will play its final two regular season games of 2012-13 at Maryland (Wednesday March 6) and at home versus Duke (Saturday March 9).

Carolina is 20-8 this season and has posted the 55th 20-win season in its 103-year history. The Tar Heels have won 20 games 40 times in the last 43 years (every season since 1970-71 except 2001-02, 2002-03 and 2003-04).

This season marks Carolina’s ninth 20-win season in a row under head coach Roy Williams, who was won at least 20 games in 23 of his 25 seasons as a head coach (and won 19 in the other two years).

Carolina won at least 20 games for an NCAA-record 31 consecutive seasons from 1970-71 to 2000-01. In that span, the Tar Heels won at least 25 games 21 times and at least 30 games three times.

Carolina beat Clemson on Thursday night to win its 10th ACC game of the season, earning their 37th 10-win ACC season and its eighth in the last nine years under head coach Roy Williams.

No other ACC school has as many 10-win ACC seasons as Carolina. Duke is second with 31.

Earlier this season in Tallahassee

UNC 77, FSU 72 (Jan. 12)

P.J. Hairston scored a then career- high 23 points to lead Carolina to a 77-72 win at Florida State on Jan. 12, 2013, in the Tucker Center in Tallahassee.

Hairston set a career high for field goals, shooting 9 for 14 from the floor, and hit 4 of 9 three-point tries. He also grabbed four rebounds in 28 minutes. Jackson Simmons, celebrating his 20th birthday, scored a career-high eight points and grabbed four rebounds.

All four of Simmons’ rebounds came off the offensive glass and led to eight
Tar Heel second-chance points. Carolina scored 19 second-chance points overall to FSU’s 11. The Tar Heels rebounded 19 of their 31 missed shots in the game.

Reggie Bullock had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Tar Heels while
also tallying four assists (and just one turnover) and making two steals. James Michael McAdoo finished with 14 points and eight rebounds in 35 minutes.

UNC ended the game on a 12-4 run in the final 5:42 of the game. Carolina out-rebounded FSU by a 41-19 margin, including a 19-6 edge on the offensive boards. The +22 rebound margin for the Tar Heels was its biggest of the season to date, eclipsing a +20 mark against Florida Atlantic and McNeese State.

Florida State hit 11 of 22 three-point attempts in the game but none in the last 11:57 of the game. The Seminoles, who hit 12 three-pointers in a 2012 win over UNC in the Tucker Center, have hit a combined 23 shots from behind the arc in the last two Carolina appearances in Tallahassee.

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