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Monday, March 4, 2013
UNC has gained March momentum

By Robbi Pickeral

Momentum is key in March, and after winning its fifth straight game on Sunday, North Carolina is among those teams that have it. Writes ESPN.com's Myron Medcalf:
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.

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