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Carolina Hosts No. 21 FSU Thursday
Release: 01/30/2013
CHAPEL HILL --- North Carolina looks to reach 20 wins before the end of January for the first time since 2006-07 when the Tar Heels welcome Florida State to Carmichael Arena Thursday night at 7. Carolina is 19-2 on the season and 7-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference play following a buzzer-beating 64-62 win at Miami on Sunday. Florida State is 17-3 (7-2 in the ACC) after a 70-56 win over Virginia Tech on Sunday. UNC is ranked No. 11 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 and No. 18 in the USA Today Sports Coaches' Poll. Florida State is ranked No. 20 in the AP poll and No. 21 in the coaches' poll.

Records: North Carolina 19-2 (7-1 ACC), Florida State 17-3 (7-2 ACC)
Rankings: North Carolina is ranked No. 11 in the AP poll and No. 18 in the coaches' poll. Florida State is ranked No. 20 in the AP poll and No. 21 in the coaches' poll.
TV: ESPN3. Michael Crowe (play-by-play) and Kyle Straub (analyst) have the call. Tonight's game can also be seen live at WatchESPN.com.
Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network, a division of Learfield Communications. Walter Storholt has the call. A link to the live stream can be found at GoHeels.com.
On The Web: GoHeels.com • Twitter: @UNCWBB • @UNCWBBCoach

• North Carolina is 30-9 all-time against Florida State, including a 14-3 mark in Chapel Hill.
• Carolina won the lone meeting in 2012 - a 71-66 victory in Tallahassee.
• Thursday marks the first meeting in Chapel Hill since an 83-73 Seminole victory in 2010.
• Florida State defeated Carolina in its first ACC game against the Tar Heels, but the Noles have won just six times in 35 tries since.

• Carolina leads the nation in steals (14.7 spg). The Tar Heels are ninth in blocks and 15th in FG% defense.
• Head coach Sylvia Hatchell is currently two wins shy of 900 for her career and is one ahead of C. Vivian Stringer for the lead among active coaches. Only Pat Summitt and Jody Conradt have reached 900 wins.
• UNC is 7-2 this season when tied or trailing at halftime. The Tar Heels were 9-29 in those situations the previous three seasons.
• Freshman Xylina McDaniel has been named ACC Rookie of the Week a league-best four times in 2012-13. She leads all ACC freshmen in scoring (12.3 ppg), rebounding (7.4 rpg) and steals (2.5 spg).
• Senior Tierra Ruffin-Pratt is averaging a team-best 14.2 points per game this season. Entering 2012-13, her career scoring average in 84 games was 6.7 ppg.
• Senior Krista Gross is fourth in the ACC in rebounding with 8.9 rpg. Entering 2012-13, her career rebounding average in 95 games was 4.4 rpg.

LAST TIME OUT: No. 11 UNC 64, Miami 62
CORAL GABLES, Fla. --- Danielle Butts hit a buzzer-beating jumper as time expired to lead No. 11 North Carolina to an improbable 64-62 win over Miami Sunday afternoon at BankUnited Center. UNC trailed by five points with 32 seconds left but a Tierra Ruffin-Pratt steal and two free throws tied it before Butts' game-winner. Ruffin-Pratt had 19 points to overcome Morgan Stroman's career-high 28 points and improve the Tar Heels to 19-2 and 7-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

With the victory at NC State on Jan. 10, the Tar Heels have won seven games this season when tied or trailing at halftime. Carolina is 7-2 in those situations in 2012-13 after being 9-29 in the previous three seasons. UNC's first four ACC wins in 2013 saw the Tar Heels enter the locker room either tied or behind.

Head coach Sylvia Hatchell enters Sunday's game with a career record of 898-316 in 38 seasons, just two wins shy of 900. Only two coaches in women's basketball history have reached this milestone - Pat Summitt and Jody Conradt - but Hatchell and Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer are both on pace to get there in 2013. Hatchell currently holds the active lead, one ahead of Stringer's 897.

Carolina has been tenacious on the defensive end so far in 2012-13, holding opponents to just 57.0 points per game and 33.8 percent shooting from the field. The current school record for opponent scoring average is 55.0 points per game in 2006-07. The Tar Heels have won three times in 2012-13 when scoring fewer than 60 points, something that had only happened once since 2005 prior to this season.

On Jan. 6, Carolina established a new school record for fewest points in a win in the 48-45 victory over Virginia Tech, breaking a record that had stood since 1976. The Tar Heels currently rank in the top 20 in the nation in steals (1st), blocks (9th) and field-goal percentage defense (15th).

The numbers look even better when adjusted for Carolina's up-tempo style, as the Tar Heels are seventh in the country in points allowed per possession. According to WBBstate.com, UNC allows just 0.71 points per opponent possession.

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