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Marcus Paige will need to be key for the Tar Heels as they go up against the Seminoles.
Marcus Paige will need to be key for the Tar Heels as they go up against the Seminoles.Rich Barnes/USA Today Sports
Matt AppelContributor IIFebruary 17, 2014

In the very crowded ACC standings, every game makes a difference. With that in mind, Monday night's matchup between North Carolina and Florida State in Tallahassee means big things for both teams.

Remember when North Carolina was a Top 25 team after acquiring three of the best wins of any team in the nation this year?

The Tar Heels are not quite back to that level, but they're hot. They come into this one as winners of six straight, including their fourth win of the season over a ranked team with a 75-71 win over Pitt last Saturday. 

The Seminoles are better than their 15-10 overall record, 6-7 ACC mark would indicate, but their recent play has not padded a tournament resume that was already headed for an uphill battle. Losers of five of seven, they will need help from their reliable defense if they are to inch up in the conference standings. 

It was a tale of two halves in the first half. FSU started on a tear, going up by 15 at 21-6. However, UNC's shots started falling, led by dominance inside from Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson.

Can FSU stop this roll from the Tar Heels and get a much-needed home win?

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