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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- On Sunday afternoon, Roy Williams noticed a difference in his team.
The Tar Heels were tough against the Seminoles. Florida State made an early run, but North Carolina weathered that blitz and crushed its ACC foes in a 79-58 victory.
After the game, Williams praised P.J. Hairston, who took multiple charges, and the rest of his roster for its collective physicality. It was a sign of the squad's growth, he said.
"I think we're getting more confident, and we should be," Williams said. "When you see your teammates take the charge … that gives you a little more enthusiasm to play, too. We didn't have those kinds of plays earlier in the year that we're having now, and I think that's really helping us, too."
North Carolina has won five in a row, a strong finish that has allowed the program to conclude 2012-13 with the coveted mojo most teams in the final weeks of the season prefer.
Momentum -- every team craves it as the postseason looms.
It was a hot topic in the region throughout the weekend.