Tallahassee, FL – The 20th-ranked Florida State Seminoles will try to stay in the race for the Atlantic Coast Conference's top spot as they welcome the Virginia Tech Hokies to the Donald Tucker Center for a league battle.
This will be the second meeting this season and 46th in history between the Hokies and Florida State. The Seminoles lead the all-time series 26-19 after their 63-59 triumph in the first matchup this season on Jan. 10th. Virginia Tech had to have felt like it let one get away against Florida State in the first bout, as it shot only 30.5 percent from the field in the four-point loss.
Virginia Tech picked up a 66-65 victory over the Boston College Eagles on Sunday to improve to 3-7 in ACC action. Head coach Seth Greenberg has led the Hokies to a 14-11 overall record so far. Virginia Tech was lucky to get past the Eagles, as Boston College shot a season-high 55.8 percent from the field in the contest. The Hokies have a knack at slowing down their opponents, as they allow only 62.2 ppg. Virginia Tech leads the ACC in free throw percentage with a 74.6 percent rate from the charity stripe, and averages 66.6 ppg.
The Hokies' Erick Green has been consistently torturing opponents on the offensive end. Green leads the team with 15.5 ppg and carries an ACC leading streak of 26 straight games with double-figures scoring finishes. Dorian Finney-Smith played a huge role in the win over Virginia Tech, as he had 17 points and eight rebounds. Dorenzo Hudson chipped in 11 points and Victor Davila netted 10 points in the same contest to help Virginia Tech avoid back-to-back losses.
Head coach Leonard Hamilton has led Florida State to its best start in ACC play in school history, as it is 8-2 in league action. The Seminoles are a tough adversary at home, as they are 5-0 in Tallahassee in conference games. Florida State improved to 17-7 with its 64-59 victory over the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday. The Seminoles hit 46 percent of their field goals and held Miami under 40 percent shooting to find success. Florida State is capable of frustrating its opponents, as it has held opponents to 61.3 ppg this season.
Michael Snaer is pacing Florida State with a team-best 13.8 ppg. The junior guard has made just 10-of-29 of his field goal attempts to average 14 points to go along with six rebounds per game over the span of his last two outings. Bernard James took a step into the spotlight versus the Hurricanes, as he scored a team-high 18 points and blocked four shots. Deividas Dulkys showed off his versatility in the same contest, as he netted seven points, grabbed six boards, and pulled down six rebounds.