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Young Seminoles Face Quick Turnaround Before Hosting North Carolina

Florida State’s young men’s basketball team received a difficult lesson in ACC competition on Saturday, and the Seminoles will have to learn from it quickly. Because a little more than 48 hours after suffering a 84-75 setback at Clemson, the Seminoles are already due back in action. And a home date with the No. 7 North Carolina Tar Heels is on deck. (Florida State Seminoles)

FSU, Dwayne Bacon looking to rebound against UNC

The young Seminoles (10-3) are hoping to come of age and rebound from the upset loss when they host No. 7 North Carolina (13-2) 7 p.m. Monday. The game will be televised on ESPN. "I don't feel like we're anywhere close to reaching our potential," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. (Orlando Sentinel)

Previewing Florida State

No. 7 UNC looks to win its third-straight ACC contest in Tallahassee on Monday. Tip-off at the Tucker Center is set for 7 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN. Florida State enters Monday’s contest with a 10-3 (0-1 ACC) record. The Seminoles had won six in a row and eight of nine before dropping their ACC opener against Clemson, 84-75, on the road on Saturday. (Inside Carolina)

By ‘posterizing’ Georgia Tech, UNC shows its learning how to finish

There’s a poster on the wall of the North Carolina basketball locker room detailing all the games the Tar Heels let slip away in the second half last season. And there were at least six of them. On the poster are the words “What can you do to help us finish?” It’s a not-so-subtle message designed to help this year’s team become better at closing out opponents. (Wilmington Star News)

North Carolina Visits Florida State On Monday

North Carolina (13-2, 2-0 ACC) will aim for its first road win of the season when it visits Florida State (10-3, 0-1) on Monday night in Tallahassee. The Tar Heels and Seminoles will tip off just after 7 p.m. in the Tucker Center. Sean McDonough (play-by-play) and Doris Burke (analyst) will call the game for an ESPN Big Monday national television audience. (GoHeels.com)

Tale of the Tape: UNC-Florida State

Numbers wise, this looks like it could be a fun basketball game. UNC and FSU both play at about 73 possessions on average so this game should be an up and down affair. That generally favors UNC. Under Roy Williams the Tar Heels are 252-61 (.805) when the game reaches 70 possessions. When the game is 73 possessions or more, UNC is 186-41 (.819). (Tar Heel Blog)

FSU basketball hosts North Carolina on ESPN's Big Monday

It's not a good time to be short handed in the front court. Michael Ojo has missed the entire season, and now sophomore Phil Cofer is joining him. The Noles (10-3, 0-1) have just Boris Bojanovsky, Jarquez Smith, Montay Brandon, and little used freshman Chris Koumadje to deal with No. 7 North Carolina's imposing front court. (Tomahawk Nation)

Sean May Talk Fuels Joel James

Following a two-game stretch that dulled his confidence, Joel James received a pep talk from a Tar Heel great prior to Saturday’s tip against Georgia Tech. During pregame warmups on Saturday, Sean May, the 2005 NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player and UNC’s current assistant to the director of player development, sought out James for some advice. (Inside Carolina)

In Their Own Words: Jerry Stackhouse

Jerry Stackhouse: "After the games, I was venting to my mom. ‘This ain’t the place for me. I need to transfer.’ She listened to my whole spiel. Then she said something that still resonates with me today: ‘If you start running now, you’ll be running for your whole life.’ Two weeks later, I was named MVP of the ACC tournament. That’s the importance of listening to your momma." (The Globe and Mail)

It's Berry good down the stretch for Tar Heels in turning away Georgia Tech

At least Joel Berry had good timing for No. 7 North Carolina. Heading toward perhaps one of his most disappointing performances, he turned it around precisely when the Tar Heels needed him to Saturday. Berry scored 11 of his career-high 19 points in a 4½-minute span down the stretch. Those points catapulted the Tar Heels to an 86-78 victory against visiting Georgia Tech. (Burlington Times News)

Brice Johnson excels despite struggles in victory over Georgia Tech

Just minutes into the North Carolina men’s basketball team’s 86-78 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday, Brice Johnson's frustrations were running high. With his team holding a two-point edge, the senior accidentally tipped a defensive rebound into his own basket to tie the game. Upset with his mistake, Johnson slammed his hands against the basketball as it fell through the net. (Daily Tar Heel)

Recapping Georgia Tech’s loss to No. 7 North Carolina

The biggest TV timeout hit is a montage of UNC greats (Phil Ford, Tyler Hansbrough and Michael Jordan, among others) Each one says “I’m (name), and I’m a Tar Heel.” It’s for the Rams Club, the athletic department’s fund-raising arm. It’s pretty simple, and you’d sort of think it would become background noise after awhile (I think they do it for every game), but fans love it. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Living the dream: Toby Egbuna making most as Tar Heel walk-on

Heading into his last semester as a business major at North Carolina and a member of the nationally-ranked UNC basketball team, Toby Egbuna has turned his ideas into a reality — living a dream he wasn’t even sure was possible at first. “Everything has been so perfect,” Egbuna said. “I can’t think of a way my experience at UNC could have gone any better.” (Winston-Salem Journal)

Lucas: Not Too Easy

After Georgia Tech’s Charles Mitchell scored his first basket of Saturday afternoon just ten seconds into the game, he roared, “That was easy!” A little less than two hours later, as the Tar Heels were finishing up their 86-78 win, Mitchell was bent over at the waist, hands on his knees, the owner of five fouls and just two offensive rebounds. (GoHeels.com)

UNC's Joel Berry shows bounce-back ability in win over Jackets

Unusual. Weird. Roy Williams used those words Saturday to describe the sloppy ball-handling from point guard Joel Berry. He committed his fifth turnover with 12:55 remaining against Georgia Tech, one reason why the seventh-ranked Tar Heels led for only five of the first 27 minutes. As poorly as Berry played at times, he assumed a big role in lifting UNC to an 86-78 victory. (Fayetteville Observer)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 65
Virginia: 41
Sat, Feb 18 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Louisville
Wed, Feb 22, 9:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Pittsburgh
Sat, Feb 25, 12:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC @ Virginia
Mon, Feb 27, 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
at #18 UVA48
Murphy (Miami) 10 pts; Wilkins (UVA) 10 pts;
Boston College72
at #19 FSU104
Bowman (Boston College) 24 pts; Rathan-Mayes (FSU) 7 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(8) North Carolina11-323-5
(7) Louisville10-422-5
(10) Duke10-422-5
(19) Florida State10-522-6
(21) Notre Dame10-521-7
(18) Virginia8-718-9
Virginia Tech7-718-8
Georgia Tech7-716-11
Wake Forest6-915-12
NC State3-1214-14
Boston College2-139-19

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