North Carolina Tar Heels at Florida State Seminoles

North Carolina Tar Heels Preview

The North Carolina Tar Heels have freshman point guard Cole Anthony back in action after an 11-game absence, but his 26 points weren’t enough in Saturday night’s one-point loss to visiting Boston College. Anthony played almost 26 minutes off the bench in his first game since Dec. 8. He’s averaging 19.8 points in the 10 games he has played. The Tar Heels had won two games in a row and were hoping to continue the turnaround.

Now they have a stretch with top-10 teams Florida State and Duke on the docket this week. North Carolina post players Garrison Brooks and Armando Bacot were a combined 7-for-20 from the field in the Boston College game for a combined 21 points — the fewest for the duo since Dec. 30 vs. Yale.

No. 5 Florida State Seminoles Preview

The Florida State Seminoles bounced back from their only loss in nearly two months, and now they have back-to-back home games for the first time since December, beginning with Monday night’s visit from North Carolina. Florida State used Devin Vassell’s 27-point outburst to secure Saturday’s 74-63 victory at Virginia Tech, so it remains without back-to-back losses this season.

Vassell was 7-for-7 on 3-pointers, tying an ACC record for the most threes without a miss. This is only the third time in program history that the Seminoles have played games in February with three or fewer defeats on their record. Only two of Florida State’s last eight opponents have reached the 70-point mark.