No. 8 North Carolina Rolls Past FSU, 77-59

Coby White dribbles past Syracuse's Buddy Boeheim on the way to the basket during UNC's win on Tuesday

Coby White dribbles past Syracuse's Buddy Boeheim on the way to the basket during UNC's win on Tuesday

The Tar Heels also lead the conference in rebound margin and rank second nationally in that category.

16th-ranked Florida State and 8th-ranked UNC have tipped off in Chapel Hill in what is sure to be a slugfest between two ACC giants. North Carolina senior Luke Maye ranks second in the ACC at almost 10 rebounds per game.

The Tar Heels have won 10 of their last 11 games, which includes road wins over No. 1 Duke and then-No.

They beat No. 1 Duke by 16 points on Wednesday night to snap the Blue Devils' nine-game winning streak. Meanwhile, Florida State is fighting for the No. 4 seed and a double-bye in the ACC Tournament, adding to the stakes in this showdown. Johnson is leading the team in scoring at almost 17 points per game while shooting an efficient 52 percent from the field and 47 percent from deep, but traditionally has not played great against the Seminoles. "We've had a couple of Ls in the Smith Center, so you've got to protect your home court". 15 Louisville, and now a home win over No. 16 Florida State (21-6, 9-5).

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UNC freshman point guard Coby White struggled shooting for the second consecutive game. Maye followed that by sandwiching a pair of 3s - including one he banked in from about 25 feet - around a contested jumper by Little to give the Tar Heels all the breathing room they needed.

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North Carolina: The Tar Heels haven't exactly ducked anyone during their surge, either. In doing so, the Tar Heels showed they can win with defense and without great success from 3-point range.

In the second half, when the Seminoles cut the lead to 56-52 with 10:36 left in the game, the Tar Heels answered. If Luke Maye picks up where he left off against Duke, UNC should handle its business easily to stay in contention for the ACC regular season title. Terance Mann was the only other Seminole in double-figures, scoring 10 points to go with a game-high six assists. "Just staying in the gym has been helpful". North Carolina outscored Florida State 28-12 in the paint three nights after outscoring Duke 62-28 there. UNC held a healthy 47-32 advantage over Florida State on the glass. "That's something that we emphasize all the time", Williams said of the rebounding edge, "so you should do things better if it's what you emphasize the most". Johnson added 10 rebounds and shot 3-for-4 from deep. North Carolina game being played?

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