No. 5 Florida State takes on unranked Virginia on Tuesday night from Charlottesville. The Seminoles sit at 7-1 in the ACC, which places them in second place. Virginia is 5-4 in the ACC, which puts them in a three-way tied for fifth place.
FSU defeated Virginia on Jan. 15 at home, 54-50.
A close win but the streak continuesFlorida State edged Notre Dame on Saturday 85-84 as a nine-point favorite. That came after barely beating Miami-Fla. by four in overtime and edging Virginia by four at home. The win over the Irish marked their 10th straight win and 59th in their last 62 home games. Notre Dame had a chance to win but an off-balanced shot missed the mark right before the buzzer.
“I think we needed every yell that was coming from the stands,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said after the game. “We needed all the energy that we could muster. That ball was bouncing around and I was on the sideline praying.
“So prayers were answered tonight.”
According to KenPom, FSU ranks 17th overall, 41st in adjusted offensive efficiency and 23rd in adjusted defensive efficiency. Devin Vassell (6-7, 194) leads the Seminoles with 13.1 points per game (5.2rpg). He scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds in the first meeting against Virginia. Patrick Williams (6-8, 225) leads the team in blocks with 1.2 per game, but he's listed as questionable due to a toe injury. He missed the Notre Dame game.
Overall, the Noles average 76 points per game on 46.1% shooting (35.6% 3pt). They allow just 64.6 points per game on 40.3% shooting (33.2% 3pt).
Looking for consistencyVirginia sits at 59th in the latest Net Rankings, which means they have some work to do. The Cavs went through a rough patch where they lost at Boston College, Syracuse in overtime and at Florida State. They bounced back with a 63-58 road win over Georgia Tech last Saturday and then fell at home to NC State by two last Monday. UVa edged Wake Forest in their previous game on Jan. 26 65-63 in overtime.
The Cavs found a way to get by the Demon Deacons thanks to 21 points from junior-college transfer Tomas Woldetensae, who made 7 of 14 three-pointers. The rest of the team made just 1 of 16 from long range so his shooting was the difference. UVA struggled from the field (37%) and the line (11 of 19), but they held Wake Forest to just 31% shooting and forced 15 turnovers.
Virginia is ranked 53rd overall by KenPom, 258th in adjusted efficiency offense and second in adjusted efficiency defense. Mamadi Diakite leads the Cavs with 13.2 points per game while Braxton Key leads in boards with 7.3 per contest. UVa leads the nation in points allowed per game (50.4) and field goal percentage defense (35.6%). Offensively, they have struggled, averaging just 56 points per game (351st) on 40.1% shootign (332nd) and 26.7% three-point shooting (349th). The outrebound opponents by 4.2 per game.
Florida State is:
- 7-1-1 ATS last 9 as an underdog of 0.5-6.5.
- 18-7-1 ATS last 26 Tuesday games.
Trends from DonBest.com Virginia is:
- 4-13 ATS last 17 overall.
- 1-5 ATS last 6 as a home favorite.
- 3-12 ATS last 15 as a favorite.