No. 3: at North Carolina (January 14th)
The only team in the ACC that can come close to boasting as much talent as Duke is North Carolina. The Tar Heels have six former McDonald’s All-Americans on the roster. They are ranked fifth on KenPom, top 10 in both offense and defense. They are one of only four schools who can make that claim.
Carolina’s only two losses thus far this season were against #5 Kentucky and #16 Indiana, two blue-blood programs with high expectations of their own. FSU basketball typically don’t have much success playing in Chapel Hill, with their last win at the Dean Smith Center coming in 2010.
Further, the Tar Heels don’t recruit “one-and-done” players like Kentucky or Duke, meaning their roster is a veteran one. Three of their four leading scorers are juniors, and the fourth is a senior. It’s safe to say that UNC is not only quite talented, but very experienced as well.
A road game at Chapel Hill will be a good teaching tool for coach Hamilton and his young Seminoles. Just don’t expect them to come out of there with a win.