College Hoops Player of the Day for Saturday, January 14, 2012
The ACC is normally a tough conference, but what happened to #3 North Carolina Saturday afternoon in Tallahassee was downright scary.
Deividas Dulkys pumped in a career high 32 points and the Tar Heels shot just 37% as the Florida State Seminoles absolutely trashed North Carolina, 90-57.
Dulkys, a senior guard from Lithuania averaging just seven points a game, was firing bullets from 3-point range, hitting 8 of 10 from outside the arc and 10 of 14 overall as the Seminoles took command right from the opening tip and expanded on a 36-28 lead at the half to turn the game into a rout.
There seemed to be little the Tar Heels could do right, turning the ball over 22 times while being dominated by the spirited Seminoles, who also won the battle of the boards, 43-35. Tyler Zeller scored 14 points and had 14 rebounds, but otherwise, North Carolia was outplayed. Florida State's Okaro White scored 12 points with 10 rebounds, in just his second double-double of the season.
Improving to 11-6 overall, the Seminoles tied North Carolina, NC State and Boston College for second place in the ACC, at 2-1, all chasing Duke, with their 2-0 conference record. North Carolina lost for just the third time this season against 15 wins, all of their defeats coming on the road. Their other two losses were to UNLV and Kentucky.
NOTABLE: All three of the remaining unbeaten teams took to the courts on Saturday, and each of them came away unscathed. #1 Syracuse exploded in the latter stages of the first half to lead Providence 38-21 at the break and eventually turn in their 19th straight win with a 78-55 victory, tying the school record for best start to a basketball season.
#4 Baylor had their highest scoring total of the season, blasting Oklahoma State, 106-65, behind 19 points and 12 rebounds from Perry Jones III. Next up for the Bears is a big test at Kansas, Monday, January 16.
Murray State, ranked 15th, dispatched Tennessee Tech, 82-64, for their 18th straight win. The Racers lead the Ohio Valley conference at 6-0.