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Tar Heels Outlast Seminoles, 96-83

Eleventh-ranked North Carolina got 26 points from Joel Berry II and 22 from both Isaiah Hicks and Justin Jackson in a 96-83 win over ninth-ranked Florida State on Saturday in the Smith Center. With foul trouble limiting the Tar Heel big men, Luke Maye and Theo Pinson both pitched in career rebounding highs. UNC improved to 16-3 overall and 4-1 in ACC play (

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - UNC vs. Florida State

Huge all-around team win on an incredibly fun afternoon at the Smith Center. UNC put up 96 points against a Florida State team that hadn't given up more than 78 in ACC play, and did it with contributions from everyone who appeared in the box score. FSU is one of the 20 most efficient defensive teams in the nation according to Ken Pomeroy, and the Tar Heels carved them up. (

Video: Theo Pinson Throws it Down vs. FSU

Welcome back, Mr. Pinson! Theo Pinson drives the lane and delivers the thunderous dunk in the victory over Florida State in Chapel Hill on January 14, 2017. View Video...

Box Score: North Carolina 96, Florida State 83

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 96-83 win over Florida State on Saturday in Chapel Hill. (View Box Score)

The best defenders that Roy Williams has coached at UNC

The topic of defense was poised to UNC head coach Roy Williams during Friday's press conference. The Hall of Fame coach went into depth on how his staff grades the defense of his players and about the defense of this team. It was an interesting look behind the scenes. (Carolina Blue)

Harrison Barnes is so consistent it’s spooky

Harrison Barnes is a 20-point scorer. He scores 20 when it rains; he scores 20 when it shines. He scores 20 at home; he scores 20 on the road. He scores 20 on back to backs, and he scores 20 with ample rest. This level of scoring consistency, outside of Dirk, has not been seen in Dallas since Michael Finley. (Mavs Moneyball)

ECU coach Jeff Lebo to have hip surgery

East Carolina basketball coach Jeff Lebo will undergo hip surgery on Monday and be sidelined indefinitely, director of athletics Jeff Compher announced Friday. Assistant coach Michael Perry will assume head coaching responsibilities during Lebo’s absence, starting with the Pirates’ game at Connecticut on Jan. 22 in Hartford. Lebo will coach Sunday against Cincinnati. (Greenville Daily Reflector)

Turner's Take: Defensive Identity

The potential is there to be a great defensive team, as evidenced by UNC's efforts against NC State and in Maui against Oklahoma State and Wisconsin, but the pendulum has swung the other way as well, like against Hawaii, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest. Eighteen games into the season, the Tar Heels are consistently inconsistent, defensively. (

Tar Heels see tall task vs. Seminoles

North Carolina is bound to be outnumbered when it comes to big and tall players in the lane Saturday against Florida State. Without their tallest player, the Tar Heels will be determined to make the best of it. UNC will play without reserve center Tony Bradley, who’s sidelined with a concussion suffered Wednesday. Bradley’s absence leaves a void in the post. (Burlington Times News)

Winning the Transition Battle

When Florida State, 16-1 overall and an 4-0 in the ACC, and UNC meet in Chapel Hill on Saturday, the outcome could be decided by which team wins the fast-break battle. And, on paper, that matchup favors the Seminoles. While both teams love to play fast the ‘Noles have been doing it better. FSU ranks in the 90th percentile in the country in terms of transition efficiency. (The Secondary Break)

How Bradley's absence will affect UNC versus FSU

UNC freshman center Tony Bradley will not play against Florida State. It's a big loss for UNC who will face an impressive Seminole frontline on Saturday. FSU are off to a great start to the 2016-17 season with a 16-1 overall record, a No. 9 ranking, and a big 88-72 win over Duke on Tuesday. (Carolina Blue)

Ty Lawson proving reliable in fourth quarter in Kings’ victories

It’s a bit of hyperbole to refer to Ty Lawson as the Kings’ closer. But lately when the Kings win, one constant has been a lot of Lawson in the fourth quarter. In four of the Kings’ last six victories prior to facing the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday, Lawson had played the entire fourth quarter. Lawson has been part of the bench unit that has injected energy. (Sacramento Bee)

Know Your Opponent: Florida State

The ninth-ranked Seminoles are 16-1 and riding a school-record 12-game winning streak that has seen them surge into the AP top 10 for the first time since 1993. And after opening league play with wins over Wake Forest, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Duke, the conversation has shifted from getting into the Big Dance to talk of high seeds and ACC byes. (

Another enormous test awaits FSU

So you beat No. 7 Duke on Tuesday? Congratulations, now you get to play No. 11 North Carolina on Saturday. In Chapel Hill. The fun never stops. “That’s one thing about our sport,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “Especially in the ACC. Every night you’ve got to prove yourself.” Florida State has proven plenty already. Hamilton’s team is 16-1 overall and 4-0 in the ACC. (Tallahassee Democrat)

Man acquitted in slaying of sister of NBA's Reggie Bullock

A Hagerstown man accused of killing the transgender sister of NBA player Reggie Bullock was acquitted by a jury of all counts Thursday. Shawn Oliver, 46, had been charged in 2015 with first degree murder in the July 2014 stabbing death of 26-year-old Mia Henderson in West Baltimore, after police said DNA found under Henderson's fingerprints was matched to Oliver. (Baltimore Sun)

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North Carolina: 85
Syracuse: 68
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ACC Basketball Standings
(15) Notre Dame5-016-2
(9) North Carolina5-117-3
(10) Florida State4-116-2
(12) Louisville3-215-3
(16) Virginia3-213-3
Georgia Tech3-211-6
(18) Duke2-314-4
Virginia Tech2-313-4
Boston College2-39-9
NC State1-412-6
Wake Forest1-410-7

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