Observations from UNC-FSU

Staff writerMarch 2, 2011 

— After losing to No. 13 UNC 72-70 on Wednesday, the Seminoles are now 2-2 without forward Chris Singleton, who suffered a broken right foot on Feb. 12 against Virginia. The 2010 ACC Defensive Player of the Year is expected to be back in time for the NCAA tournament, an FSU spokesman said – and there is a chance he could return for next week’s ACC tournament, since the Noles have secured a first-day bye (allowing the junior another day of rest).

• UNC sophomore John Henson, who was shooting 42.6 percent from the free throw line entering the game, was 5-for-6 from the stripe at Florida State. The forward had made 11 straight over three games until his second half miss (which, had it swished, would have set a new career-high for points). He finished with 19.

• After an up-and-down February, UNC sophomore Leslie McDonald is now 9-for-17 over his last two games. Without freshman reserve Reggie Bullock, out for the rest of the season with a left knee injury, McDonald’s accuracy – and minutes – will be key. The Tar Heels now have only eight scholarship players remaining.

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