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Gerry Broome, Associated Press
North Carolina's Dexter Strickland, center, tries to steal the ball from Miami's Durand Scott (1) and Malcolm Grant (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. North Carolina won 73-56.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina has spent the past month at home, racking up lopsided wins and trying to fix some problems that lurked early in the season.

Now the third-ranked Tar Heels will find out how much they accomplished as they return to the road.

The Tar Heels (15-2, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won all nine games during that home stand, showing improvement on defense and rebounding after those areas lagged in losses to UNLV and Kentucky. They travel to Florida State on Saturday for their first game away from the Smith Center since losing to the Wildcats at Rupp Arena by a point on Dec. 3, a span of 42 days.

Still, coach Roy Williams says his players have enough experiences in tough environments to draw on from earlier this year.