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Off the cuff: Coach Roy Williams did a good job avoiding a technical foul and avoiding being critical of officials in the post-game interview.

But he will almost certainly be registering a complaint to the ACC offices against one or more of the officials after playing back the UNC-Florida State game on his DVD.

A couple of bad calls against James Michael McAdoo, including one where McAdoo never even touched the FSU player, changed the whole complexion of the game.

In fact, both McAdoo and Brice Johnson picked up their third fouls in the first half. The league officials are calling touch fouls a lot more than in the past and players, coaches, fans and journalists aren't really used to it yet.

Still, the phantom foul with 4:24 left in the first half put Carolina in a bind with its most consistent player over the previous six game sitting much of the remainder of the game.

The call was so bad that the normally pro-official announcers even commented on it. In looking at the replay, Jay Bilas said, "There's no foul there at all. He has a legitimate beef there. I didn't see anything live either." In other words, it was a phantom call by official Tony Greene, who has a blog named after him titled "Is Tony Greene on the take."

The second foul called on McAdoo was an iffy call as well as McAdoo had position on the rebound and grabbed it with his left arm as his right arm was pinned by an FSU player coming around from that side. The official said McAdoo fouled him with his right arm. Unless McAdoo were to let himself be knocked down or unless he were armless on that side, I'm not sure what he could have done to avoid that call.

It was impressive to see other guys step forward for the Tar Heels as a result of the foul trouble. Everyone who played contributed in a positive manner.

I've gotten so I despise watching Carolina games on ESPN. First, they run the same damn sports news across the bottom scroll. Second, they run Olympic results before I've been able to watch them. (I draped solid tape along the bottom of my TV.) Third, they constantly talk about other games that are coming up and players on those other teams. Fourth, at halftime they spend only about 30 seconds talking about the game that people tuned in to see. Fifth, they inundate us with promos of other games/shows coming up on their network. Sixth, they have too much power dictating when games are played. And finally after a great game, they quickly switch away to Baylor vs. Okla St. They need to schedule games two and a half hours apart not two hours. Remember when Jim Thacker et al would interview players on the court after such games and then talk about the conference implications of the result? Give me CD Chesley and Raycom any day.

Tar Heels 81, Florida State 75
Heels rally without McAdoo to beat FSU
In what North Carolina coach Roy Williams called a "bizarre game," the Tar Heels overcame a 15-point first-half deficit without foul-plagued James Michael McAdoo to defeat Florida State 81-75 on the road. (2/17)

Coach Williams' 300th victory wasn't the easiest of his career.Trailing 21-6 at the second TV timeout, the Carolina players heard an earful from Coach Williams, who did a lot of yelling rather than talking Xs and Os.

The Tar Heels responded by chipping away at the lead, mainly by getting the ball down low to freshman Kennedy Meeks, who scored on a nice feed from Marcus Paige to cut the lead to just 36-33 at the first half buzzer.

Carolina kept it close early in the second half and then managed to tie it on a Desmond Hubert dunk follow and took the lead for the first time on a Nate Britt swish from the right baseline that made it 57-55 with 10 minutes left in the game.

Three triples by Paige over a three-minute period gave the Tar Heels their biggest cushion at 70-62 with less than six minutes to play.

But Carolina went scoreless over the next three minutes as the Seminoles were able to cut the lead to 70-69 with 2:58 to go.

UNC's JP Tokoto came up with a loose ball on the offensive end and went down the lane for a dunk with 2:31 left to make it 72-69. Paige found Meeks down low for two more to put Carolina up 74-69 with 1:39 left.

Despite missing a pair of one and ones, that could have been costly, the Tar Heels hit seven of their last eight free throws to hang on for the 81-75 win.

The Tar Heels, who shot just 39 percent in the first half, were smokin' hot in the second half hitting 68 percent from the floor.

It was Meeks' best game of the year as he went 11 of 12 for 23 points while Paige scored 20. McAdoo, who had scored double figures in 17 straight games, fouled out without scoring.

"James Michael will be rested now," Coach Williams said after the junior played just 13 minutes.

UNC's seventh straight victory moved the Heels to 18-7 and 8-4 in the ACC while FSU fell to 15-11 and 6-8 in the league.

The Tar Heels host Duke Thursday night in a make-up game from the postponed snow game last week.


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