Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Noles Replay Defeat; Hamilton Makes Players Relive Clemson Loss before Game at UNC

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Noles Replay Defeat; Hamilton Makes Players Relive Clemson Loss before Game at UNC

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TALLAHASSEE -- Leonard Hamilton didn't serve popcorn during Thursday's movie session with his Florida State basketball team, but there was an ample amount of "humble pie" passed around the room.

Frustrated by his team's performance in its 68-66 ACC-opening loss to Clemson at home, Hamilton wanted his team to see every second of the game.

"We knew we played terrible," senior forward Al Thornton said. "We watched the whole game. That was a first."

For emphasis, Hamilton stopped the film every time a turnover was committed. There were 21 in all, leading to 25 points for the Tigers.

"That was kind of alarming," Thornton said.

Hamilton is hopeful that it will serve as a wake-up alarm by the time the Seminoles take the floor tonight against No. 2 North Carolina at the Dean Smith Center.

"They're averaging 90 points a game," Hamilton said of the Tar Heels. "They don't need any help."

The Seminoles have been extremely generous this season, turning the ball over 16 times a game.

Duplicating the Clemson performance against Roy Williams' team would almost assuredly lead to a blowout defeat. The Tar Heels prefer to operate at warp-speed, with freshman flash Ty Lawson pushing the ball on the break.

"They are a very talented, young bunch," Thornton said. "The thing that jumps out on you is the way they score and get out in transition. That really can hurt you if you don't get back."

UNC has no shortage of talent. Sophomore center Tyler Hansbrough is the team's centerpiece, but Williams' rookie class has been nothing short of sensational.

Freshman forward Brandan Wright, guard Wayne Ellington and Lawson all rank among the team's top five scorers on a team that goes 12-deep, now that injured point guards Bobby Frasor and Quentin Thomas have returned from injuries.

"They're not playing like freshmen," FSU guard Jason Rich said. "Those guys are stepping up and have big roles on that team. That's a big reason they're the No. 2 team in the country."

Playing at home in its league opener should help UNC's newcomers cope with potential first-game jitters. …

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