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Previewing UNC at Florida State

It’s Senior Night in Tallahassee, meaning that two scholarship players (Derwin Kitchen and AJ Yawn) and one walk-on (Andrew Rutledge) will be dressing out for their final home game. They’ll have a great atmosphere as North Carolina is in town (22-6, 12-2) and the game is sold out. UNC comes in as one of the hottest teams in the country having won 10 of their last 11, with their only loss in that stretch coming in a road game vs Duke.

I previewed the UNC program prior to our last game, which can be found here. The take home message is that even without Larry Drew (left team) and Reggie Bullock (injury) the Heels have more talent than all but a select few programs nationally.

During the Tar Heels winning streak their front line has really come together. The trio of Tyler Zeller, John Henson and Harrison Barnes are putting up 40 points and 23 boards between them. Barnes has scored in double figures in 12 of the past 13 games, Zeller has scored at least 10 in 9 straight games, and Henson has grabbed double-digit rebounds in 7 straight and has 10 double-doubles on the year. And on the perimeter Kendall Marshall has averaged 7.6 assists since he was inserted into the starting lineup.

Florida State (20-8, 10-4), meanwhile, is still without star Chris Singleton who led the Noles with 15 points the last time these two teams matched up. In his absence Deividas Dulkys has stepped up, averaging 15 ppg on 44% 3-pt shooting. Okaro White has also seen his stock rise, and is averaging 11.3 points during the same period.

With a win in either of their final two regular season games FSU will officially stamp their ticket for the NCAA Tournament. Also, a win tonight would not only give FSU their first ever 8-0 home run in the ACC, but also mark the first time they’ve ever beaten all 4 tobacco road teams in the same season. Vegas has the Heels as a two point favorite, and Pomeroy agrees. The game tips at 7pm on ESPN.