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After an 11-point win against Virginia Tech, FSU returns home to face the struggling Tarheels of North Carolina. The ‘Heels currently sit a game below .500 at 10-11, while FSU stands a game and a half out of first place in the ACC at 18-3. We are fortunate to have the network of writers we do here at Fifth Quarter, and I (Cory) got to sit down with our Fifth Quarter UNC writer and ask some questions ahead of the game.
1. What in the world is going on with UNC Basketball?
Injuries are hurting the rotation. There’s not as much depth – talented depth at that – with more than a combined 50 games missed this year. Along with injuries, UNC just can’t hit open shots. This is one of the worst shooting teams in Tar Heel history. They’ll play hard and get back into games only to miss a shot and give up a gut punch on the other end.
2. Players to watch out for and why?
There are a few players to watch – Garrison Brooks has been our best and most consistent player with Cole (Anthony) being out. Armando Bacot is inconsistent, but when he’s on, he’s a huge difference maker. Brandon Robinson is probably our best 3-point shooter – he’s hit over 25 3’s in the last several games. Jeremiah Francis is coming off of two ACLs and isn’t really in game shape yet, but he runs the offense and he is great at setting up the bigs. He’s just not a consistent shooter yet. Obviously if Cole Anthony plays, he’s a Top 10 NBA Draft-level player and difference maker.
3. What scares you about this Seminole team?
For the last several years, the ‘Noles have had great depth. Whenever they sub, the drop off is very minimal, if at all. The backcourt for FSU is amazing – probably the best in the ACC.
4. Final score and why?
76-63 FSU. FSU just has too much talent and depth to outrun UNC – which no one should be able to do. That ability to run, combined with our shooting woes, will do UNC in.
I’ll just put my score prediction down here for a second opinion. Cole Anthony should be back for UNC, but it’ll be interesting to see how inserting a new player changes the chemistry of the Tarheel lineup for better or worse. I’m still taking the Noles, but I think we’ll have a tighter and more high-scoring game than my friend from the Triangle. 80-70, FSU.