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FSU delivers epic, dominating home upset of UNC

Posted on: January 14, 2012 4:46 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2012 4:53 pm

By Matt Norlander

This was about as grand of a that-came-out-of-nowhere blowout as you could expect in college basketball. Indeed, Florida State was at home, but home games cannot account for curb-stompings like this, not when FSU’s best prior win to this was against Virginia Tech earlier this week — and Tech isn’t a tournament team. You want the next-best in line on FSU’s resume? I’ll let you pick. UMass, Loyola Marymount, Auburn.

Deividas Dulkys had the game of his life in what could amount to one of the most surprising results of this season. (AP)

Yeah, that’s what Leonard Hamilton’s group had proven so far this season. Then the ’Noles came out and power-washed North Carolina to death, 90-57. As of this post's publishing, there are still co-eds cluttered about the floor at the Donald L. Tucker Center after the monsoon of a court-storm. Few had Florida State winning. Not even Tim Tebow had FSU by 33 points.

Florida State, which is offensively challenged in a lot of ways, averages 70 points per game, or at least it did before today. It went against so many of the terrible, slow, frustrating offensive principles it's played badly for up until now. So many facets to this beatdown weren’t foreseeable. In fact, I think it will go down as one of the five most surprising results of the season — because I don’t think UNC loses another game by double digits the rest of the way and I'm still not sure, come mid-March, FSU is an NCAA tournament team.

Among the game's best/surprising storylines, consider the biggest performance, which came from FSU senior guard Deividas Dulkys, who (averaging six points per game) was playing some of the worst basketball of his career heading into this one. He was 5-for-29 from deep in his last nine games. He scored 32 points in that run. He had 32 today! He was 8-of-10 from 3-point range and paced Florida State to an offensive performance that, sorry, won’t be duplicated this season by the Seminoles.  

A great job overall by Hamilton’s club, who in one game immediately altered its reputation, earning yet another huge win on its home floor. In the past five years, FSU’s had five wins against highly ranked teams in Tallahassee. They certainly know how to get up for the biggest games.

But they’d never been so good against a team so “great” before. God, I still can’t believe the quit I saw in North Carolina. I tried to lead with FSU because when you beat the third-ranked team at home, I think so much credit should go to the team that whoops and doesn't let up. FSU has ways to go to solidify itself in the at-large discussion, but you can’t knock on the door any harder to get into that room than the way FSU did today.

But UNC's the bigger story nationally, naturally. Its lack of toughness and abundance of carelessness was the most glaring factor to this game. For all the surprise and trend-bucking that took place, North Carolina’s lack of will was, forget out of character, it was out of species. The Heels didn’t fight back. How many loose-ball battles did FSU win? At least 10 by my unofficial eye count. UNC merely trailed by eight at the half, then decided to slow their chase once Florida State had a few more shots fall and took a few more rebounds and turned them into points.

There will be some controversy due to Roy Williams getting all of his coaches and players who were on the bench into the locker room with about 15 seconds remaining, but that's not what we should be discussing. First of all, the idea was Hamilton's, so the incoming rush of warm, teenage bodies didn't pin down UNC's team for 10 minutes. Secondly, Williams is a smart, smart man. He really is. He's one of the best at distracting the discussion from a team loss to something more trivial. When UNC got pounced by UNLV in November, the conversation was as much about Williams' anger over UNC fans selling their seats behind the bench as it was about the Heels taking an early surprising loss.

Let's not make it about that. Let's make it about a team seen as a title-contender getting outscored by 33 points. Championship-winning teams do not get beat by 33 points. Right now, UNC isn't a championship team. It wants to be one, it can be one, but it looked unlike anything I'd seen before from a Williams-coached team this afternoon.


Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2012 1:31 pm

FSU delivers epic, dominating home upset of UNC

Nole is right, 'curb stomping' is a bit much.

Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 1:29 pm

FSU delivers epic, dominating home upset of UNC

UNC got punked, plain and simple, these guys laid down and did not compete, they wanna think they are ready for the NBA???? NBA??? Please, these guys are just lame and have no heart, they will get bounced in the first round of March Madness.

Since: Dec 26, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 6:38 pm
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Since: Oct 9, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 2:55 pm

FSU delivers epic, dominating home upset of UNC

Typical.... pull out historical greatness to offset bad behavior.  Pretty shallow if I do say so.  Roy is a Hall of Fame coach that we are blessed to have, UNC is a top tier program, I am lucky to have lived in 'The Hill" for over 50 years, we will learn from yesterday, but when the accomplishments and ideals of a program are so high that most other programs look up to see you and you see a little slip, it humbles you a bit.

Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 1:31 pm

FSU delivers epic, dominating home upset of UNC

Yea terrible coach who has won big at both schools with numerous  final
fours two national championships in the past 6 years. I guess it is so easy a cave man can do it. You have no clue! Nearly every division one coach would love ol Roy's your resume. Your vast coaching experience must include talking a big game from the couch.

Since: Oct 9, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 1:27 pm

FSU delivers epic, dominating home upset of UNC

All I can say as a Tarheel fan is that should we make it deep into the big dance, I will look back on this game and thank FSU for doing something the coaches and players couldn't do which was focus and motivate to play this game of basketball.  Well played FSU and my first ever loud boo for the NC coaching staff for walking the team off the court early with players on the court, nothing about that move says "team".  They behaved like children after a spanking.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 1:03 pm

UNC comes down with Tallahassee Fever

FSU's basketball team, even when they don't make the NCAA Tournament, is usually good for one big upset in Tallahassee per year.  It makes absolutely no sense, so my vote is to just call it "Tallahassee Fever."  They always seem to have one game where it seems like all of the shots fall, all of the bounces go to the Noles, and all of the "bad calls" go to the other team.  
Basketball is a funny game.  Sometimes the lesser team just gets hot while you get cold.  Sometimes it lasts for forty minutes.  There is nothing you can do about it.  FSU fans wish they could play like that all of the time, and ACC opponents are happy that they can't.  
We now return you to your regularly-scheduled FSU basketball season. 

Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: January 15, 2012 12:38 pm

FSU delivers epic, dominating home upset of UNC

I have always expected a lot from coach Williams, until Saturday.  How do he and the captains take the "team" off the floor with 15 seconds remaining, unfortunately he forgot the rest of his "team" on the floor.  It is very obvious that the walkons  who work just as hard, as the "real" players, as it would appear Coach Williams believes.

No wonder with a "team" concept like this they lost to an unranked team by 30 Points.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 11:26 am

FSU delivers epic, dominating home upset of UNC

All the experts were on TV friday saying how Carolina was going to waltz into the final game, not the final four, the final game. How they were the most talented team hands down, these guys are worse then weathermen. How far will they drop? Out of the top ten?

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 10:43 am

Roy looking for ACC coach of the year again?

Same as last year. Much of the season with lazy play, terrible coaching, losing to teams you should beat. Then, when they finally get back to playing somewhere near their original ranking, everyone forgets they totally underachieved and instead say Roy has done another incredible coaching job -- like someone else was at the helm earlier in the season. Guy can recruit but he is a mediocre motivator and game coach.

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