With a victory last night over No. 11 seed Clemson 73-69, No. 6 seed Florida State advanced to the quarterfinal round of the ACC Tournament to face No. 3 seed North Carolina. The two square off on Friday night at 9:00 p.m. from Greensboro, N.C. The game will be televised by the ACC Network and ESPNU.
While dealing with a back injury, McAdoo has continued to play consistent ball on the court.
The Tar Heels defeated Florida State in both meetings this season. Back in January, North Carolina won in Tallahassee, 77-72, and then swept the regular season series with a 79-58 victory in Chapel Hill during early March.
Let's take a quick look at North Carolina's upcoming opponent.
On the regular season, Florida State went 17-14, while going 9-9 in the ACC. Their leading scorer on the season is senior guard Michael Snaer, who is averaging just under 15 points per game. On the glass, junior forward Okaro White leads the team in rebounding with 6 rebounds per game. Snaer and junior forward Terrence Shannon lead the defensive effort for the Seminoles.
A key component to tonight's matchup will be the size advantage for Florida State. The Seminoles have two 7-foot freshman centers in Boris Bojanovsky and Michael Ojo. Junior Kiel Turpin also provides length inside and regularly sees the court for the Seminoles. Despite that size, North Carolina dominated the boards (41-19) in their first meeting and split with the Seminoles (31-31) in their season.
Look for North Carolina to use their speed and quickness to get up an down the court and limit the Seminoles' use of their big men. North Carolina may also utilize a smaller lineup as they have in some recent action.
The key to tonight's matchup for the Tar Heels will be the play of James Michael McAdoo against Florida State forward Okaro White. The 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward will need to continue to play well in order for North Carolina to make it three in a row against the Seminoles. On the season, McAdoo has led the Tar Heels in points (14.6) and rebounds (7.6). Although he has been banged up, he has still played at a very high level. However the week off from play has probably helped the sophomore rest up. He has found success against Florida State in their first two games this season, averaging 17.5 points per game in those victories.
White is coming off a terrific game against Clemson, in which he scored a career-high 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting. He showed off athleticism, skill in the paint and he really gets after it on the defensive side of the ball. He will give McAdoo all he can handle tonight.
Heading into tonight's matchup with the Seminoles, there a few 'If's' that come to mind.
If North Carolina plays like they have been playing for the last month, they are set for a run deep in the ACC Tournament.
If McAdoo can continue to bring consistent play on both ends of the floor and slow down White, they showed be able to win tonight's game by a comfortable margin.
In the end, I expect the Tar Heels to get a third straight victory over the Seminoles tonight and advance in the tournament.
The winner of Friday night’s game will advance to Saturday’s second semifinal game at 3 p.m. against the winner of the quarterfinal game between No. 2 seed Duke and No. 7 seed Maryland.