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 werenâ€™t enough in Saturday nightâ€™s one-point loss to visiting Boston College. Anthony played almost 26 minutes off the bench in his first game since Dec. 8. Heâ€™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 nightâ€™s visit from North Carolina. Florida State used Devin Vassellâ€™s 27-point outburst to secure Saturdayâ€™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 Stateâ€™s last eight opponents have reached the 70-point mark.