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March 2, 2013

FSU - UNC Capsule

Basketball Preview

North Carolina returns from its victorious trip at Clemson to host Florida State Sunday afternoon.  The Tar Heels are on a four game winning streak and will seek to sweep the Seminoles after dropping both games to them last year.

What a difference a year makes.

The Seminoles are the defending ACC tournament champions but currently sit seventh in this year's standings.

They still feature the dangerous Michael Snaer but clearly aren't the same team that beat up on the Tar Heels last season.

Florida State at a glance

Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Nickname: Seminoles
Colors: Garnet & Gold
Conference: ACC
Arena: Donald L. Tucker Center (10,000)
2011-2012 Record: 25-10 (12-4)
Last Game: W 76-62 vs. Wake Forest on Feb. 26, 2013 in Tallahassee
Last Game vs. UNC: L 77-72 on Jan 12, 2013 in Tallahassee
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Minutes Allocation

Remember earlier in the year when it seemed like Roy Williams was coaching a rec league team because it felt like everybody wearing a Carolina blue jersey was required to see at least one minute of game action?

Well UNC's last game against Clemson showed that Williams has figured out who he trusts to play big minutes during the stretch run.

Only six Tar Heels received double-digit minutes on the road against the Tigers.

In fact, the last time Williams allowed a seventh player to hit the ten minute mark in a game for UNC was against Virginia.

Williams is notorious for using a deep bench to wear down opposing teams by constantly throwing bodies out on the floor and turning games into a track meet.  Few collegiate teams can produce that many talent players to keep up the break-neck pace Williams likes to keep.

But this season's squad isn't a traditional one for Williams.  They rely on the three more often than he probably likes and they only have one true post presence (James Michael McAdoo).  Having a short rotation is just another indicator that Williams has been forced to adapt his game as much as any player on the team has.

P.J. Hairston

P.J. Hairston had 23 points off the bench during UNC's first go-around with Florida State.

He'll be starting this time around if recent history is any indication and continue to serve as a match-up nightmare.

Hairston connected on 9-14 field goals and drilled four three-pointers.  Hairston helped turn around UNC's bad luck during that January meeting-UNC was on a two-game losing streak-and helped spark UNC's lethargic offense when he was inserted into the starting line-up against Duke.

Watching Hairston and Snaer go back and forth should be a delight for college basketball fans.

Michael Snaer

Snaer only managed to muster nine points against UNC during their first encounter.  The Seminoles will need much more than that if they hope to pull off an upset.

Snaer has played well of late, scoring 20 or more points in three of his last four outings.  Snaer dropped 24 on Wake Forest and looked terrific doing it.  He shot 70 percent from the field and was 8-8 from the free throw line.

UNC's perimeter defenders will have their hands full defending a guy that garnered a lot of pre-season ACC Player of the Year votes.


According to ESPN's Joe Lunardi and his prognostication, UNC is currently projected as a seven seed.  With a tough three game stretch to close the season and the ACC tournament still looming, UNC has plenty of chances to raise its stock.

The flipside is it won't be easy.  Florida State has always been a tough game for UNC, UNC will be playing Maryland in the Terrapins last ACC game at home and Duke is, well, Duke.

Coach Williams has had his hands full attempting to push the right buttons at every twist and turn this season with a young, inexperienced team.  The next few weeks will be the final exam for a team that has been in the prep course stage for much of the season.

Florida State (15-13, 7-8) vs. North Carolina  (20-8, 10-5)

Date: Sun, Mar 3, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM EST
Venue: Dean E. Smith Center (21, 750)

Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network & SiriusXM (Sirius 91/XM 91)
Series:  UNC leads, 43-12 (UNC is 17-4 vs. the Seminoles in Chapel Hill, including 14-4 in the Smith Center.)

2012-2013 ACC Standings

North Carolina
Head Coach - Roy Williams (277-76 at UNC; 695-177 overall)

Rankings - AP: NR, USA Today: NR, RPI: 18

Last starting line-up for North Carolina (against Clemson)
F - Jame Michael McAdoo
G/F - Reggie Bullock
G - P.J. Hairston
G - Dexter Strickland

G - Marcus Paige
Points: 77.7 PPG (11th overall)
Rebounds: 40.4 RPG (9th overall)
Assists: 17.7 APG (2nd overall)
Field goal percentage: .442 (120th overall)
Scoring: James Michael McAdoo (14.5 PPG) Reggie Bullock (14.0 PPG)
Rebounding:  James Michael McAdoo (8.1 RPG) Reggie Bullock (6.1 RPG)
Assists:  Marcus Paige (4.4 APG) Dexter Strickland (4.0 APG)
Florida State

Head Coach - Leonard Hamilton (216-140 at FSU; 416-340 overall)

Rankings - AP: NR, USA Today: NR, RPI: 92

Points: 67.7 (166th overall)
Rebounds: 31.3 (308th overall)
Assists: 11.7 (260th overall)
Field goal percentage: .443 (118th overall)

Scoring:  Michael Snaer (14.3 PPG) Okaro White (12.4 PPG)
Rebounding:  Okaro White (6.0 RPG) Michael Snaer (4.6 RPG)
Assists: Michael Snaer (2.5 APG) Devon Bookert (2.4 APG)
Last starting line-up for Florida State (against Wake Forest)
F - Okaro White
C - Michael Ojo
G - Michael Snaer
G - Devon Bookert

G - Aaron Thomas


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