The No. 5 Florida State Seminoles (18-3, 8-2 ACC) welcome the North Carolina Tar Heels (10-11, 3-7 ACC) to Donald L. Tucker Center as they attempt to extend their 11-game home winning streak. The game can be seen on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, February 3, 2020.
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The Tar Heels are trying to rebound after their 71-70 loss to the Boston College Eagles in their last game. Boston College’s effective field goal percentage was their largest strength over North Carolina. The Eagles had a rate of 0.527 (above their season average of 0.461), while the Tar Heels posted a mark of 0.393 (below their season average of 0.461). Cole Anthony was the game’s leading scorer with 26 points on 5-for-14 shooting.
In the Seminoles’ last game, they were victorious over the Virginia Tech Hokies, 74-63. The Seminoles were 8-11 from the foul line (72.7 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.579 (above their season average of 0.522). Devin Vassell was the top scorer from either team with 27 points on 8-for-10 shooting from the field.
North Carolina could dominate the offensive glass in this meeting. The Tar Heels currently rank 18th in offensive rebounding percentage (35.4 percent), while Florida State ranks 304th in defensive rebounding percentage (68.7 percent).
After the Tar Heels won the only contest against the Seminoles last season, 77-59, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Tar Heels had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (33.3 vs. 15.0) and had a better free throw rate (0.295 vs. 0.220).
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North Carolina ranks first in rebounds per game (43.5) while Florida State ranks 232nd (33.4).
The Seminoles average 9.5 steals per game, which ranks 10th in the NCAA. The Tar Heels rank 173rd in steals allowed per game (7.2).
Florida State ranks ninth in assists allowed per game (9.7) while North Carolina ranks 165th (13.4).
The Seminoles rank 143rd in three pointers allowed per game (21.7) while the Tar Heels rank 275th (25.8).
Florida State ranks 13th in blocks per game (5.5) while North Carolina ranks 142nd in blocks allowed per game (3.8).
The Tar Heels’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.2, up from 0.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Seminoles have scored an average of 70.4 points per game (4.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 67.4 points per game (3.0 above their season average).