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Surging Heels roll into Tallahassee
Florida State has a very slim chance of making the NCAA tournament but they are a scrappy bunch that won't lie over easily. The Seminoles had to overcome a 16-point deficit to Wake Forest on Sunday en route to a 67-60 win over the Demon Deacons.
FSU men's basketball: Do or die for 'Noles vs. UNC
Head coach Leonard Hamilton and his players all said the same thing after the game. For Saturday night’s comeback win at Wake Forest to have any real meaning, the Florida State men must build on it. They must find a way to string together some victories, starting tonight at home against one of the hottest teams in the country.
Ranking the Best Football-Basketball Coaching Tandems in the ACC
5. North Carolina: Football: Larry Fedora | Basketball: Roy Williams; The coaches have more in common than a Chapel Hill zip code. Both would like their teams to operate at a fast pace, and neither has ever had a losing season as a head coach. Of course, Williams' track record is more impressive with two national titles at UNC and a basketball Hall of Fame induction.
Going to Carolina in my mind
Twenty one years later, their recollections of the national championship at UNC remain vivid, from plays Dean Smith designed to lessons learned. Not that Kevin Salvadori or Dante Calabria can put into proper words what it was like to come from the WPIAL and win an NCAA basketball title. “To this day, it's 21 years since we won the national championship, it's still hard to describe,” said Salvadori.
Walk-ons Manor, Moody, Robinson serve valuable roles for UNC basketball
Life as a walk-on is a life devoid of glamor. Denzel Robinson, Wade Moody and James Manor put as much into UNC basketball as any other member of the team but for much different rewards. Their jerseys won’t hang from the rafters, their names won’t be chanted in the stands save the occasional blowout, but that doesn’t matter.
Tar Heels head to FSU seeking seventh win in a row
UNC has to play four games in eight days. The Tar Heels checked off one of those assignments on Saturday with a 75-71 win against No. 25 Pittsburgh then did a little homework Sunday for a test at Florida State tonight (7 p.m., ESPN). It all makes for quite a cram session, but UNC coach Roy Williams suggested that basketball players who are 18, 19 and 20 years old can handle it.
Tale of the Tape: UNC-Florida State
FSU has one of the oddest stat combinations I have seen this season. On one hand the Seminoles are holding teams to 41.7% shooting on two pointers and 32.3% on threes. That first number is seventh nationally. Since FSU is forcing so many missed shots that would mean there are plenty of defensive rebounds to be had. Unfortunately for FSU they do a really poor job of collecting them.
Previewing Florida State
The Tar Heels will attempt to secure their seventh win in a row as they travel to Tallahassee on Monday to face Florida State. Tip-off at the Tucker Center is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN. Florida State enters Monday’s contest with a 15-10 (6-7 ACC) record. The Seminoles opened ACC play with a 4-2 record before losing five of six, including a 77-73 loss to Miami at home on Feb. 10.
Veteran Vince Carter masters test of time
Watching Vince Carter now, at age 37, one cannot help but flash back. He remains a solid reserve for the Dallas Mavericks, with the potential to drain a 3-pointer or streak for a finger-roll layup. But it’s not Carter of yesteryear we’re watching. He is a reinvented player who has remained relevant in the league despite his age.
‘Grown-Up’ Tar Heels Travel to Tally for Seminole Battle
Despite Carolina’s improved play of late, escaping Tallahassee with a victory will be no easy task. Although Florida State has been struggling in the ACC with a 6-7 record, the Seminoles have two solid scoring threats in Aaron Thomas and Ian Miller, both of whom are shooting north of 45 percent from the floor.
Video: J.P. Tokoto Dunk Reel
J.P. Tokoto continued his season-long assault on rims this Saturday against Pitt with a thunderous tomahawk dunk off a break. Since it’s dunk contest weekend we compiled all of Tokoto’s jams in one convenient place. Enjoy:
Phil Ford powered UNC’s turnaround versus NC State
To put that into perspective, N.C. State has defeated UNC nine times – total – since 1993, and just 23 times since Ford, then a freshman, helped end that nine-game winning streak in 1975. The UNC-N.C. State series has become so one-sided it’s difficult to remember that, at one time, it was the primary rivalry in North Carolina – and one of the most passionate in the country.
North Carolina in process of earning NCAA Tournament (bus) trip
The most uncomfortable aspect of this week's NCAA Tournament mock selection process, aside from the considerable challenges of my drive home through the snow, was the fake committee's decision to place North Carolina in the Raleigh site despite identifying the Tar Heels as a No. 7 seed.
What Happens When the UNC-Duke Rivalry Reaches the Pro Ranks?
Let’s start at the beginning. Reggie, Antawn, Ryan, you all grew up in North Carolina. How familiar were you with the rivalry? Bullock: I always knew how big the Duke-Carolina rivalry was, and I always wanted to play in that game. Growing up, I was a Carolina fan and wanted to play for Carolina.
Fan-Submitted Player Q&As
As a part of social media day at the Smith Center for the game against Pittsburgh, Tar Heel fans submitted questions to ask UNC players in the post-game media availability. GoHeels.com staff chose some of the best of these fan-submitted questions and posed them to the Tar Heel players in the players lounge after the win over the Panthers.