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Referee Ted Valentine Turns His Back On UNC’s Joel Berry

Teddy “TV” Valentine, the biggest showman of a referee in college basketball, had quite the moment Wednesday with UNC star guard Joel Berry. Berry got held in transition by a Florida State player, but the referees didn’t see it, and it led to a turnover. When Berry made his way over to Valentine to talk to him about what happened, Valentine literally turned his back on Berry. (The Spun)

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - UNC vs. Florida State

What felt like a sleepy game on a cold day in Tallahassee with no students in town turned into a prototypical ACC basketball game. What an effort by Joel Berry in a game that defines what makes Berry Berry. He shot 22 times, and it felt like at least 20 of them were through contact, and scored a game-high 28 points. The senior scored 10 of Carolina's final 12 points. (GoHeels.com)

Box Score: Florida State 81, North Carolina 80

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 81-80 loss to the Florida State Seminoles on Wednesday in Tallahassee. (View Box Score)

Tyler Hansbrough on Life in China, Not Wanting to Fight Metta World Peace

Former UNC great Tyler Hansbrough is in China after spending last season with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the G League. The prospect of an NBA team giving him a shot this season seemed dicey, so Hansbrough decided to pack his stuff and head to Asia, in part due to an increasing number of former NBA players hooping there. There, the 32 year old has found success. (Bleacher Report)

The biggest hole for each college basketball national championship contender

North Carolina needs a bona fide third option on offense The Tar Heels aren't as balanced and deep as they have been in the past, relying heavily on Joel Berry II and Luke Maye to carry the offense on a game-to-game basis. If one of them struggles, which has happened a couple of times this season, North Carolina is far less dangerous on the offensive end. (ESPN.com)

UNC JV Basketball Player Loses Family Home in New Year’s Day Fire

The UNC community is rallying around a member of the UNC JV basketball team whose family home was severely damaged in a fire on New Year’s Day. Jalon Cooper wrote in a GoFundMe campaign that the family had lived in the home in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, for 14 years. The family lost clothes, belongings and memories just after celebrating Christmas. (Chapelboro.com)

Know Your Opponent: Florida State

It'll be something old and something new when North Carolina opens ACC road play Wednesday at Florida State. What's old? The familiar staples of Leonard Hamilton's program - balanced offense and defense, length at every position and high-end tempo. What's new? Four of the starting five, including role player turned leading man Phil Cofer. (GoHeels.com)

No. 12 Tar Heels hit the road to take on No. 24 FSU

Five huge tests in Florida State's first five games – all against perennial ACC powers – means one of two results for the No. 24 Seminoles early on: feast or famine. And so far, Florida State is still hungry for that first conference win. Coming off a loss in its ACC opener at Duke this past Saturday, Florida State hosts No. 12 North Carolina on Wednesday night (7 p.m., ESPN2). (WRAL Sports Fan)

Can UNC’s ‘small ball’ lineup overcome a big challenge at Florida State?

Roy Williams has 828 wins in 30 seasons at UNC and Kansas, and the majority of them have come with two traditional bigs and by working the ball inside first. With so many new parts on this UNC roster, and his best parts not exactly fitting the traditional mold of how Williams prefers to play, the Tar Heels are at a crossroads just one game into ACC play. (Charlotte Observer)

Podcast: Berry, Felton, the Johnson/Williams dynamic, FSU

Inside Carolina's Greg Barnes and Ross Martin join host Tommy Ashley for their look into North Carolina Basketball heading to Wednesday night's matchup against the Seminoles in Tallahassee. (Audioboom)

Tar Heels face tough couple of weeks ahead in ACC

Given the choice at the start of the year, North Carolina head coach Roy Williams probably would have gladly accepted a guaranteed 12–2 start, but emerging from the next five games without adding at least another two losses looks like a much tougher proposition. Those five games feature four teams currently ranked in the top 30 of Ken Pomeroy’s power ratings. (Wilson Times)

Reggie Bullock capitalizes on opportunity, boosts Pistons' offense

Reggie Bullock has been afforded the best opportunity of his five-year NBA career the past several weeks, and he's making the most of it. Bullock has started nine consecutive games for the Detroit Pistons, averaging 12.8 points on 59.5 percent shooting, including 48.7 percent from 3-point range. The Pistons are 9-3 in games Bullock has started at small forward. (MLive.com)

Kennedy Meeks’ improvement a highlight of Raptors 905 streak

“I’m just a great teammate.” Clad in a black warm-up shirt and extra-tight shorts, Kennedy Meeks sprawls over two chairs as he reviews film with assistant coach A.J. Diggs. The Raptors 905 forward is coming off perhaps his best game of the season – 6-for-9 from the field, 12 points, 15 boards, and a +31. The grins and jokes he offers betray an ever-growing confidence. (Raptors Republic)

No. 24 FSU Looks To Bounce Back Quickly Against No. 12 UNC

FSU is riding a 27-game home winning streak that dates back to Feb. 27, 2016, and is the third-longest active streak in the nation. That streak will be tested by a UNC team that, despite losing several pieces from last year’s national title-winning group, is 12-2 and again among the top contenders in the nation. The Seminoles, however, might be catching the Tar Heels at a good time. (Seminoles.com)

Seminoles struggling on the boards without Koumadje

Florida State’s basketball team can’t get 7-foot-4 center Christ Koumadje back soon enough. Without the junior from Chad, the 24th-ranked Seminoles are depleted inside, not the ideal scenario entering the ACC season. And it could be just as long a night on the glass Wednesday when FSU hosts the defending national champions, 12th-ranked North Carolina. (Florida Times-Union)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 80
Georgia Tech: 66
Sat, Jan 20 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Virginia Tech
Mon, Jan 22, 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. North Carolina State
Sat, Jan 27, 12:00 ET CBS Tickets

UNC @ Clemson
Tue, Jan 30, 7:00 ET ESPN2 Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#2 UVA59
at Wake Forest49
Guy (UVA) 17 pts; Moore (Wake Forest) 9 pts;
#25 Miami86
at NC State81
Brown Jr. (Miami) 19 pts; Yurtseven (NC State) 28 pts;
Boston College69
at Louisville77
Robinson (Boston College) 19 pts; Adel (Louisville) 18 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(2) Virginia7-017-1
(5) Duke5-217-2
(15) North Carolina5-216-4
(20) Clemson5-216-3
(25) Miami3-314-4
Georgia Tech3-310-9
Florida State3-414-5
Boston College3-414-7
NC State3-413-7
Notre Dame3-413-7
Virginia Tech2-412-6
Wake Forest1-68-11

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