Wrapping-Up Miami, Previewing Florida State

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UNC 59, Miami 68

Box Score

Tell me if you heard this one before: The Tar Heels, after playing a close game for 30 minutes, give up the lead for good after the offense sputters, the perimeter defense fails and the team as a whole lacks a toughness needed to get a much needed win on their home court to avoid dropping to a 0-2 hole in the ACC.

That last part about the home game is unique to this squad. So far they had shown it was able to win games at home and like pretty much any other team with a young core would have issues on the road. Instead it was incredibly difficult for North Carolina to score against the Hurricanes and thus extremely frustrating.

Miami plays at a slower pace than UNC-who doesn’t-but the Heels should have been able to play the game they wanted. Instead Carolina only took 15 threes, as weird as that feels typing complaining about the lack of threes being taken, and didn’t do a lot of work down low either. Roy’s Boys settled for contested midrange jumpers and got to the free throw line eight times. EIGHT! That’s just playing yourself out of a game. EIGHT F’ING TIMES!

broken record….broken record…broken record…

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If any team and fan base is more flummoxed than UNC it’s the Florida State Seminoles faithful. This is a team that came in with high expectations from inside and the experts. What Leonard Hamilton and crew have put together, however, is anything but what was expected. Where do we start? Obviously the losses: South Alabama, Mercer, Auburn, Minnesota, Florida. Those last two can be thrown out because the opponent, but those first three? Damn. And two of those (South Alabama and Mercer) were at home. The Seminoles actually have a worse home record than on the road including three loses in a row that all came in Tallahassee.

FSU has turned it around in ACC play. They are 2-0 including a win over Maryland in College Park. And we know the Heels traveling to Florida is never good. We’re not going to bring up last year’s episode. Everyone else already has.

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  • Michael Snaer, Michael Snaer, Michael Snaer. You are a pretty good basketball player. A preseason first team All-ACC selection, Snaer leads the team in scoring at 15.6 points per game while shooting over 40 percent from three. He also is second on the team in assists, grabs 5 rpg, gets to the FT line and converts at an 80 percent clip and did we mention he may best be known as a defender? Yeah, Michael Snaer.
  • Okaro White is a 6’8″ junior who is also a pretty good player. Over 13 ppg, 6 rpg and almost 2 blocks make him someone the Heels have to account for. White also gets to the line and converts and will step outside and shoot the long ball.
  • We failed to mention a strong bench scorer for Miami last game and he came out with several big threes. Not going to do that today. Terrance Shannon hasn’t started a game this year but is third on the team in points scored. Shannon is an undersized big at 6″8″ but he plays the role well.
  • Two other starters for FSU include a 7-footer and a 6″7″ wing. Neither score a ton but the size is obviously an issue for UNC.

No prediction. Just waiting to see what happens.