Date: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Tipoff: 2 p.m.
Site: Tucker Center, Tallahassee, Fla.
Television: ESPN (Dave O'Brien, Doris Burke)
Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network - Jones Angell (play-by-play), Eric Montross (analyst), Dave Nathan (host)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 123, XM 191
TAR HEELS HOPE TO BOUNCE BACK AT FLORIDA STATE
- North Carolina (10-5, 0-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) will look to bounce back from back-to-back ACC losses on short rest when it visits Florida State (10-5, 2-0 ACC) on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Fla.
- The Tar Heels will play Saturday's game following a quick turnaround after Thursday night's 68-59 loss to Miami in Chapel Hill.
- Florida State enters Saturday's game with a 10-5 record and a 2-0 mark in ACC play after road wins at Clemson last weekend and at Maryland on Wednesday night.
- UNC went 0-2 against the Seminoles last season with a loss in Tallahassee and in the ACC Tournament final in Atlanta. Overall, FSU has won four of its last six against the Tar Heels after Carolina previously had won 10 in a row in the series. Carolina is 14-5 against Florida State in Tallahassee.
- The Tar Heels are looking to improve to 11-5 and pick up their first conference win of the year. A UNC win on Saturday would avoid just the second 0-3 ACC start in school history.
THE SERIES VS. THE SEMINOLES
- Carolina leads the series with Florida State, 42-12, including a 32-11 advantage since the Seminoles joined the ACC prior to the 1991-92 season.
- The Tar Heels have won 23 of the last 30 in the series, including 12 of the last 16 meetings.
- Carolina leads the series 14-5 in Tallahassee and has won five of its last six games vs. FSU in the Tucker Center. Carolina won five in a row in Tallahassee, the longest Tar Heel winning streak at FSU, before losing there in 2012.
- The last four UNC wins in Tallahassee have been thrillers. In 2011, Harrison Barnes' three-pointer with 0:03 on the clock gave Carolina a 72-70 win. In 2009, Ty Lawson's running three-pointer at the buzzer gave UNC an 80-77 victory. In 2008, the Tar Heels beat FSU in overtime, 84-73. In 2006, The Tar Heels beat FSU 81-80 behind a big three-point shooting day by Wes Miller.
- Carolina is 14-5 against FSU in the Donald L. Tucker Center with losses in 2011-12, 2003-04, 2001-02, 1996-97 and 1991-92.
- Roy Williams is 12-5 vs. FSU as the UNC head coach with the losses coming in the 2004 regular season in Tallahassee, the 2009 ACC Tournament semifinals in Atlanta, the 2010 regular season in Chapel Hill and twice last season.
WINNING ON THE ROAD UNDER WILLIAMS
- Carolina has proven to be one of the best road teams in Atlantic Coast Conference history under head coach Roy Williams, whose ACC road winning percentage of .658 is second-best in ACC history behind Vic Bubas of Duke (.667 from 1960-69). Frank McGuire of UNC and South Carolina is third at .618.
- Williams is 48-25 on the road in ACC play as the UNC head coach, including an 0-1 mark this season and a 7-1 record last year.
- The Tar Heels won their last seven ACC road games in a row in 2011-12. UNC finished 8-2 overall on the road last year with a win at NCAA Tournament qualifier UNC Asheville and a one-point loss at No. 1 Kentucky in addition to conference play.
- The Tar Heels finished ACC play 7-1 on the road last year, the third time Carolina has won seven or more ACC road games under Williams. UNC went 7-1 on the road in 2006 and 2012 and 8-0 in 2008.
- Under Williams, UNC has gone 6-2 on the road in the ACC in 2004-05, 7-1 in 2005-06, 8-0 in 2007-08, 6-2 in 2008-09, 6-2 in 2010-11 and 7-1 in 2011-12.
- The 2011-12 season marked Carolina's 35th above-.500 road record in 59 ACC seasons (and its 46th season at .500 or better).
- Carolina has posted an above-.500 ACC road record in six of Williams' nine previous seasons as the head coach in Chapel Hill and has been at least .500 in seven of Williams' nine seasons.
WILLIAMS CLOSING IN ON 700 CAREER WINS
- Head coach Roy Williams has a record of 685-174 in his 25th season as a head coach. He needs 15 victories to reach the 700-win plateau.
- Williams ranks 22nd in NCAA history in coaching wins, fourth among active coaches behind Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim and Bob Huggins. Rollie Massimino is 21st in all-time wins with 688.
- Williams is 267-73 in his 10th season at North Carolina, ranking seventh in ACC history for wins as a conference head coach. Virginia's Terry Holland is sixth with 326 wins as an ACC coach.
- Williams is 105-41 (.719) in ACC regular season play.