Winston – Salem, NC (Sports Network) - The 23rd-ranked Florida State Seminoles are back at it tonight as they head to Lawrence Joel Coliseum for an Atlantic Coast Conference battle with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
This will be the 43rd meeting in the all-time series. The Demon Deacons hold a 23-19 edge in the advantage coming into tonight despite Florida State winning the last three encounters.
Michael Snaer's buzzer beating three-pointer on Saturday snapped Duke's 45- game home winning streak and gave his team a 4-1 league record that ties for first place, and made Florida State one of the most talked about team's in the nation. The Seminoles, who knocked off North Carolina just a week earlier, have now won four straight games to bring their overall record to 13-6. Head coach Leonard Hamilton had to be pleased with his team's performance against Duke, as it shot 54 percent from the floor and held the Blue Devils under 40 percent shooting. Florida State is has outscored its opponents by an average of 6.8 ppg in league play so far.
Snaer is the Seminoles' go-to-guy as he leads the team with an average of 13.5 ppg. The junior guard seems to have elevated his play against top competition as he has averaged 16.6 ppg in his last three outings. Ian Miller is the team's second leading scorer with an average of 12.3 ppg. Miller has gone 7- of-12 from the floor to score 25 points total in his last two games. Bernard James provides a tough inside presence for Hamilton's squad. James contributes 10.5 ppg and 8.8 rpg.
Wake Forest enters tonight's game 11-8 overall and 2-3 in ACC play after its 71-56 victory over the Boston College Eagles on Saturday. The Demon Deacons interior play was impressive in the contest as they blocked 10 shots, won the rebounding battle 42-37, and outscored the Eagles, 40-24, in the paint. Head coach Jeff Bzdelik's team will have to improve on the defensive end if it wants to make a run in the ACC, as it ranks last in the league with an allowed average of 69.7 ppg.
The Demon Deacons are led by the ACC's top scoring duo C.J. Harris and Travis McKie. Harris is ranked third in the conference in scoring with 17.3 ppg and McKie is a very close fourth with an average of 17.2 ppg. McKie is also leading the team in rebounding with an average of 6.7 rpg after his 20-point, 10-rebound performance against Boston College. Harris chipped in 15 points and five assists in the win over the Eagles. Tony Chennault is a very good third option. The sophomore point guard is netting 10.6 ppg and had six assists with just one turnover his last time out.