Game Preview: UNC at No. 5 FSU

North Carolina (10-11, 3-7 ACC) at No. 5 FSU (18-3, 8-2 ACC)

Time/TV: Monday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

All-time series: UNC leads 50-13.

FSU potential starters: 6-foot-6 G Devin Vassell (13.9 ppg., 5.1 rpg.), 6-5 G Trent Forrest (11.2 ppg., 4.2 assists), 6-5 G M.J. Walker (11.1 ppg.), 6-9 F Malik Osborne (5.7 ppg., 4.7 rpg.), 6-8 F RaiQuan Gray (6.3 ppg., 3.4 rpg.).

FSU reserves: 6-6 G Anthony Polite (6.9 ppg.), 6-8 F Patrick Williams (8.1 ppg., 3.2 rpg.), 7-foot C Dominik Olejniczak (3.4 ppg., 2.1 rpg.), 7-foot-1 Balsa Koprivica (5.5 ppg., 2.5 rpg.), 6-6 F Wyatt Wilkes (3.5 ppg.).

UNC potential starters: 6-10 F Armando Bacot (10.7 ppg., 8.2 rpg.), 6-9 F Garrison Brooks (15.3 ppg., 9.3 rpg.), 6-8 G Leaky Black (5.8 ppg., 2.2 assists), 6-4 G Andrew Platek (4.5 ppg., 2.4 rpg.), 6-5 G Brandon Robinson (13.1 ppg., 2.7 assists).

What to watch with UNC: Cole Anthony, a 6-3 freshman guard, did not start in his return to the court on Saturday but could on Monday. He had 26 points, making 14 of 14 free-throws, in a win over Boston College.

History lesson: Florida State enters Monday’s game against North Carolina having won 17 consecutive home games in a streak that began with a 78-66 win over Clemson on January 22, 2019. … Florida State is 59-3 (.952 winning percentage) in its last 62 home games since the tail end of the 2015-16 season. 

Vassell’s perfect day: Devin Vassell was 7 of 7 from beyond the 3-point arc in Saturday’s win, tying the ACC and Florida State record for a 1.000 percent shooting percentage (minimum seven 3-point field goals made). In the ACC and Florida State record books he tied former Seminoles James Collins (7 of 7 against USF on November 29, 1994) and Sam Cassell (7 of 7 against Tulane on March 20, 1993) along with former NC State guard Allerik Freeman (7 of 7 against North Carolina on January 27, 2018). 

FSU will win if: The Seminoles need to frustrate Anthony and that can be done with Forrest, Vassell, Polite and others. It’s a tough turnaround, playing about 50 hours after winning at Blacksburg, Va., and then scouting a UNC team that looks very different with Anthony.

Pregame reading: Our story from the weekend – FSU recruits, develops ‘high-character gym rats’


  1. Dan Densmore Reply

    It would be nice to “blowout” one of these teams. Tucker Center should be rocking for this one. Not a fan of Williams

  2. Dan Densmore Reply

    UNC lost to B.C. by one point. I think sending those waves of bodies at Anthony will wear him down. I watched UNC twice this year. Not very good, but they obviously have talent.

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