The North Carolina Tar Heels, who FSU will travel to face Saturday, have been the thorn in the paw of Hamilton and everyone who has worn garnet and gold of late. PJ Savoy and Terance Mann each scored 10. Isaiah Hicks averages 12.2 points per game, the third highest on the team, while shooting a team-best 60 percent from the field.
After falling into a 19-point hole early in the second half, the Demon Deacons closed the gap to 57-47 with more than 16 minutes remaining.
- Joel Berry II scored 26 points, and No. 11 North Carolina snapped No. 9 Florida State's school-record win streak with a 96-83 victory on Saturday. They finished with four in double figures and shot 46 percent, but their struggles at the foul line - they made just 12 of 26 free throws - loomed large as they kept drawing close but were unable to push ahead after halftime.
Florida State is the best team the Tar Heels have taken on at home this season. Cavalier guard Kyle Guy hit a three pointer to give his team a one point lead with ten seconds remaining, but the Seminoles didn't flinch, not for a second.
Childress was asked what changed in the second half, when he shot 4 of 9 from the field and 6 of 7 from the free-throw line.
North Carolina came out of the gates firing with seven unanswered points, but the first half was a seesaw affair, as Florida State rebounded.
The Tar Heels have five straight games against unranked opponents on tap, giving them a chance to seize sole possession of first place in the ACC by the end of that stretch. There is no timetable for when Bradley will return after suffering a concussion in the first half against Wake Forest on Wednesday. This was Florida State's fourth consecutive game against a nationally ranked opponent, with the next two also likely against Top 25 foes.
Justin Jackson has been the player that North Carolina hoped he'd be the past two seasons through January.
However, a team that could challenge Florida State for the conference crown is the Duke Blue Devils.
Some key games that could sway the ACC standings that you should look out for are Florida State at North Carolina on January 14, Virginia at Notre Dame on January 24, North Carolina at Duke on February 9 and Notre Dame at Louisville on March 4.