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March 14, 2013

UNC-Florida State Capsule

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UNC had to wait longer than any of their conference contemporaries but they now know who they will take on in their opening game of the 2013 ACC Tournament.

The Tar Heels will play the Florida State Seminoles and as the third seed, won't play them until 9:30 p.m. Friday night. The time slot means UNC will have to wait for every team in the conference to get at least one tournament game completed before they can touch the hardwood for the first time in Greensboro.

Nevertheless, UNC draws a team from whom it already has two victories over this season.

In the past, North Carolina has struggled against Florida State, none more evident than in both performances against Florida State last year. But this year has been different for UNC.

After beating Florida State 77-72 in Tallahassee in January, UNC won the second game at home by an even wider, 79-58 margin, in Chapel Hill in February.

Florida State has seen both versions of UNC's starting line-up: The more traditional two big-man approach and the more recent, super-small four guard line-up with only one big.

Both approaches worked for UNC and Roy Williams' squad will look to make it three-for-three Friday night.

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 73-69 vs. Clemson on Mar 14, 2013 in Greensboro, N.C.
Last Game vs. UNC: L 79-58 on Mar 3, 2013 in Chapel Hill
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James Michael McAdoo

It was revealed before the Duke game that James Michael McAdoo was suffering through a bulging disk in his back.

McAdoo has already been shouldering the burden of being UNC's lone consistent inside presence and has been taking on that responsibility while injured.

Despite the pain McAdoo has led UNC in both scoring and rebounding all year (14.6 PPG, 7.6 RPG). It will have been six full days since UNC's last game action, giving McAdoo a much needed breather and time to relax his back.

McAdoo has been struggling with the back pain for a few weeks but aggravated the injury during UNC's recent road win over Maryland.

The time period for the injury means that despite its hampering effects, McAdoo still put on a nice performance (21 points, four rebounds) in UNC's win over Florida State two weekends ago.

If McAdoo has regained any of his healthier self through the added rest, he should pose problems for Florida State in the paint area.

Okaro White

Okaro White had himself a ball game Thursday night against Clemson.

White racked up 24 points on 8-11 shooting and 7-7 shooting from the free throw line. White played 39 minutes and even threw in a three-pointer for good measure.

Florida State will get nearly 24 hours in-between tip-offs by the time they play UNC but still, White's stamina will be something to keep an eye on.

Either he will have tremendous momentum heading into the UNC game or his legs could be shot.

Whichever way it goes, Florida State should look to feature him against a weakened McAdoo or a smaller defender at the power forward position.

Marcus Paige

Marcus Paige told the media this week when asked that he wasn't as aware of the ACC tournament as some of his teammates probably were growing up.

That's because Paige comes from Iowa, the heart of Big Ten country.

More than likely, Paige won't get consumed by the moment playing in his first ACC tournament game. That shouldn't come as a surprise anyway.

Paige has had freshman moments this season but rarely worn a freshman demeanor. His persistently optimistic attitude and confidence has forced Coach Williams to call his young point guard "a tough little nut" on more than one occasion this year.

Paige's even-keeled approach is exactly the kind of performance Williams needed from a point guard leading a young, developing team and that's exactly what he's gotten, at least between the ear-holes. Paige has had moments where he's looked over-matched, for instance against Lorenzo Brown in the first N.C. State game, but has also come up big, like the second N.C. State game.

Paige will have a big say in how far UNC advances in the ACC tournament.

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Florida State (18-14, 9-9) vs. North Carolina (22-9, 11-6)

Date: Fri, Mar 15, 2013
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Greensboro Coliseum (23,500)
TV: ESPN2/ACC Network

Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network & SiriusXM (Sirius 123/XM 190)
Series:UNC leads, 44-12 (including a 4-2 UNC edge in ACC Tournament play)

North Carolina

Head Coach - Roy Williams (279-77 at UNC; 697-178 overall)

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

Last starting line-up for North Carolina (against Duke)

F - Jame Michael McAdoo
G/F - Reggie Bullock
G - P.J. Hairston
G - Dexter Strickland

G - Marcus Paige



Points: 77.0 PPG (17th overall)

Rebounds: 39.5 RPG (12th overall)

Assists: 17.4 APG (2nd overall)

Field goal percentage: .443 (120th overall)


Scoring: James Michael McAdoo (14.6 PPG) Reggie Bullock (14.2 PPG)

Rebounding: James Michael McAdoo (7.6 RPG) Reggie Bullock (6.4 RPG)

Assists: Marcus Paige (4.6 APG) Dexter Strickland (4.0 APG)

Florida State

Head Coach - Leonard Hamilton (219-141 at FSU; 419-351 overall)

Rankings - AP: NR, USA Today: NR, RPI: 83



Points: 67.0 (188th overall)

Rebounds: 31.1 (310th overall)

Assists: 11.5 (266th overall)

Field goal percentage: .442 (128th overall)


Scoring: Michael Snaer (14.5 PPG) Okaro White (12.2 PPG)

Rebounding: Okaro White (6.1 RPG) Michael Snaer (4.4 RPG)

Assists: Devon Bookert (2.5 APG) Michael Snaer (2.4 APG)

Last starting line-up for Florida State (against Clemson)

C - Michael Ojo
F - Okaro White
G - Michael Snaer
G - Devon Bookert

G - Aaron Thomas

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