Previewing Florida State

It's Senior Night in Chapel Hill, and as the Tar Heels honor Quentin Thomas, they'll also need to be focused on dispatching a Florida State squad that took them to overtime a month ago. Tip-off at the Smith Center is set for 8 p.m. and will be regionally televised by Raycom.

North Carolina (27-2, 12-2) vs. Florida State (17-12, 6-8)
Chapel Hill, N.C. - Dean E. Smith Center
8 p.m., Raycom


"Obviously, we are going to have to play our way into the NCAA Tournament. In order for us to get the attention of the committee, we're going to have to do something exceptional. I can't think of anything more exceptional than beating a team the caliber of North Carolina. We're going to have to be at our very, very best. The challenge is extremely great." – FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton

"No one believes we can beat Carolina at Carolina - only us and our coaching staff believe it. No one thinks we're going to win, except for us, and I think we're going to shock a lot of people." – FSU guard Toney Douglas

"They have won three in a row and it appears they've got a unified incentive to try to make the NCAA Tournament." – North Carolina head coach Roy Williams

Season to Date: Florida State enters the second contest between these two programs with a 17-12 (6-8 ACC) record. Hamilton's squad has won three straight league contests (Clemson, 64-55), (Boston College, 66-63) and at NC State (72-62). The last time the Seminoles won four consecutive ACC games (and four conference road games ) was during the 12-4 Pat Kennedy-led 1992-93 season. FSU is 4-2 since its loss to North Carolina in Tallahassee on Feb. 3.

Douglas Warming Up: Junior guard Toney Douglas continues to make his case for All-ACC honors as he enters Tuesday night's game with a 21.0 scoring average (50 percent from 3-point range) during the Seminoles' last three contests . The Jonesboro, Ga. product has scored in double figures in all 29 games this season for Florida State, leads the ACC in steals (82, 2.83 spg), is ranked ninth in the league in field goal shooting percentage (.457), third in the league in minutes played (35.2 mpg) and eighth in the conference statistics in scoring (15.6 ppg).

Living and Dying With Defense: Florida State's conference record has paid particular attention to the number 70, as in the Seminoles are 6-1 when holding ACC opponents to under 70 points, while posting 0-7 mark when their foes break the 70-point barrier. In league play, FSU holds down the top spot in scoring defense (72.1), but oddly enough, the Seminoles are tied for fifth in field goal percentage defense (.444) and rank 10th in three-point field goal percentage defense (.384).

Three Stats That Hurt: Florida State's eight conference losses can be directly attributed to three statistical categories where the Seminoles sit in the cellar spot in ACC play – defensive rebounding (21.36), assists (9.2) and assist-turnover margin (0.61).

Swann out: Florida State senior guard Isaiah Swann underwent successful ACL reconstructive surgery in his left knee on Feb. 29. The Gaithersburg, Md. native was injured during the first half of the Seminoles' victory over Miami on Feb. 6 and has missed the last five games. He averaged 11.8 points and made 55 3-point field goals during his senior season.

Last Meeting: Tyler Hansbrough recorded 22 points and 21 rebounds and Danny Green finished with 19 points and four three-pointers as North Carolina won at Florida State in overtime, 84-73, on Sunday Feb. 3, 2008, in the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Tar Heels out-rebounded the Seminoles, 54-26, but committed 21 turnovers to FSU's 10.

Series History: North Carolina leads the series with the Florida State, 37-8, including a 27-7 advantage since the Seminoles joined the ACC prior to the 1991-92 season. The Seminoles' only other trip to Chapel Hill on senior day ended in an 84-80 Seminole victory (Feb. 24, 1996). UNC has won seven straight against FSU, holds a 15-3 record against the Seminoles in Chapel Hill and boasts a 12-3 mark against the Seminoles in the Smith Center.

Projected Starters:
10 Ralph Mims (6-3, 205, Sr.) – 11.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg
23 Toney Douglas (6-1, 200, Jr.) – 15.9 ppg, 2.8 apg, 2.9 spg
25 Jason Rich (6-3, 211, Sr.) - 13.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg
42 Ryan Reid (6-8, 237, So.) - 4.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg
41 Uche Echefu (6-9, 225, Jr.) – 10.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg

Key Reserves:
21 Julian Vaughn (6-10, 239, Fr.) – 2.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg
 2 Jordan DeMercy (6-7, 204, Fr.) – 1.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg
33 Matt Zitani (6-7, 230, Sr.) – 1.6 ppg, 1.1 rpg

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