Where: Donald Tucker Center, Tallahassee, FL
When: Sunday, February 3rd, 2:00 PM
Records: UNC 20-1, 5-1 ACC; FSU 13-9, 2-4 ACC
One, two, three, everyone say it with me: TRAP GAME!
Not that it will ultimately matter but Duke got the better end of the schedule with the home game on Saturday prior to CBA08 while UNC got the road game at FSU on Sunday. Anyway, we are looking at one of those games where we hope like mad the effort seen in the previous game is the start of something beautiful. It is also one of those games that requires the fairly high level of focus from the Heels who could easily be lulled into tough game they can ill afford to play three days ahead of Duke.
The most impressive portion of the game against BC was how the players responded. The five players that came in to make Roy's point responded by extending the lead and the five who received the tongue lashing responded when they returned to play some of the best defense of the season. The question is how they respond to playing at such a high level? Has the defensive intensity finally clicked in? Was the defensive effort against BC enough to inspire the Heels to the confidence level they need play like that more consistently?
It remains to be seen but I consider FSU a good test. The Noles can be physical and have some decent guard play, enough so to test the perimeter defense. Then again I do not expect FSU to have enough to stop UNC's offense but ahead of the Duke game it would be nice to see UNC string together back-to-back solid games on both ends of the court.
UNC 95 FSU 77