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Preview & Prediction: #15 UNC vs Florida State

Thanks to injuries to Joel Berry, Stilman White, Luke Davis, Theo Pinson and Nate Britt possibly missing the game due to 15 stitches in his mouth, the Heels are suddenly very thin on the perimeter. How thin? If Nate Britt is unable to play, walk-on Justin Coleman might see sport minutes and J.P. Tokoto run the point to ensure Marcus Paige can get a breather. Prediction: UNC 88, FSU 64 (Tar Heel Blog)

'Noles Visit As UNC Looks For Fifth In A Row

Seeking its fifth consecutive ACC win and its 10th in 11 games overall, No. 15/15 North Carolina (15-4, 5-1 ACC) will host Florida State (10-9, 2-4) on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Smith Center. ESPN will televise the game nationally, and tipoff is set for 2:05 p.m. Dave O’Brien (play-by-play) and Doris Burke (analyst) will have the call. (GoHeels.com)

Florida State facing stern road test at North Carolina

Florida State won its first-ever ACC basketball game in 1992 at North Carolina. Success at the Dean E. Smith Center has been rare ever since. The Seminoles (10-9, 2-4) will play their 19th road game against the 15th-ranked Tar Heels (15-4, 5-1) at 2 p.m. Saturday. (Florida Times-Union)

North Carolina-Florida State Preview

North Carolina won decisively in two games against teams from the bottom half of the ACC standings but will be a little more short-handed when it faces another such opponent. The 15th-ranked Tar Heels try to match their longest winning streak of the season Saturday against visiting Florida State. (Yahoo! Sports)

UNC forward J.P. Tokoto brings stuffed bear, Gerry, to press conference

Freshman Theo Pinson's broken foot wasn't the only news to come from UNC coach Roy Williams and his players meeting with the media Friday in advance of Saturday's game against Florida State. Turns out, junior J.P. Tokoto has a stuffed bear friend he calls Gerry whom he brought along to his portion of the press conference. Nothing like a few laughs to help a team reeling from injuries right now. (Yahoo! Sports)

Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Florida State

FSU is the third opponent in as many games for UNC that is ranked outside the KenPom top 100 and the fourth in a series of imminently winnable games for the Tar Heels. The Seminoles have struggled shooting threes hitting just 26.7% on the season. That number has improved to 31% in ACC play however the strength of FSU's offense is in on the interior. (Tar Heel Blog)

Injuries leave Tar Heels short-handed

During Friday's press conference Roy Williams told the media that freshman wing Theo Pinson broke his foot and would miss Saturday's game against Florida State. The 6-foot-6 Greensboro native is out indefinitely. This leaves Marcus Paige, J.P. Tokoto and Justin Jackson as the only healthy remaining players on the perimeter. Williams said that Isaiah Hicks will play some at the three. (Carolina Blue)

Theo Pinson latest casualty in UNC's house of pain

Nate Britt II lost his dance partner. North Carolina freshman Theo Pinson broke a bone in his foot during the first half at Wake Forest on Wednesday. UNC won that game, but Pinson is out of UNC's lineup indefinitely. So he won't dance with Britt on Saturday in the Dean E. Smith Center just before UNC's tipoff with Florida State. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Nuggets' Ty Lawson arrested in Denver on suspected DUI

Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson was arrested in Denver early Friday on suspicion of drinking and driving. Lawson was stopped at 1:19 a.m. Friday while traveling 61 mph in a 35 mph zone on Park Avenue West in Denver, according to a Denver police report. (Denver Post)

Previewing Florida State

No. 15 North Carolina looks to push its winning streak to five games in a row when it hosts Florida State on Saturday. Tip off at the Smith Center is set for 2 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN. Florida State enters Saturday’s contest with a 10-9 (2-4 ACC) record. Head coach Leonard Hamilton’s team got off to a rocky 1-3 start that included losses to Northeastern, Providence and UMass. (Inside Carolina)

Video: Roy Williams Press Conference Recap - Florida State

Roy Williams and J.P Tokoto discuss stopping Florida State's guards, Theo Pinson's injury, and playing with a thinner rotation as the Tar Heels prepare for the Seminoles on Saturday, January 24, 2015. View Video...

Marcus Paige named to Oscar Robertson Trophy midseason watch list

North Carolina junior point guard Marcus Paige has been named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy midseason watch list. The award is to be presented to the national player of the year at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 14th. Paige is averaging 31.2 minutes, 13.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game so far this season. (Carolina Blue)

Roy Williams Friday Press Conference Quotes

"Theo [Pinson] will not play. He has a broken foot, the fifth metatarsal. We’re still evaluating what all of his options can be. It’s not a very comfortable feeling for us because we feel like we’re down quite a few personnel wise anyways. I think he was starting to come and I like that part of it. We’re still evaluating all of the options other than that it’s all I can say, he won’t play tomorrow." (Inside Carolina)

The Whole Clique’s Clickin’ for UNC

The atmosphere in the UNC locker room that night was like a funeral. Heads drooped, bodies slumped, and tears were choked back. Everyone in the room struggled to comprehend what was happening. It was Wednesday, December 3rd, and the Tar Heels had just finished up a disappointing 60-55 loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes. (Chapelboro.com)

Charles Waddell, Karen Stevenson To Receive Tar Heel Trailblazer Award

For the second year in a row, Carolina Athletics will honor pioneering former student-athletes with the Tar Heel Trailblazers award. This year’s honorees are Karen Stevenson and Charles Waddell. Stevenson, who competed in track and field at UNC, was the first African-American female to earn a Morehead Scholarship at UNC. She went on to become the first woman from UNC and the first black woman in the nation to earn a Rhodes Scholarship, in 1979. (GoHeels.com)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Villanova: 77
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ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(3) North Carolina14-433-7
(4) Virginia13-529-8
(10) Miami13-527-8
(16) Louisville12-623-8
Notre Dame11-724-11
(19) Duke11-725-11
Virginia Tech10-820-15
Clemson10-817-14
Pittsburgh9-921-12
Syracuse9-923-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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