A tough road trip to Florida State on Thursday might not be the best thing for Virginia after a rollercoaster week. The Cavaliers, coming off a win against Duke and a loss to Boston College, are still on the bubble as the regular season comes to a close. Virginia is 3-8 away from home and hasn't won in the state of Florida since 2001.
Florida State probably won't make the NCAA Tournament but the Seminoles want to build momentum with back-to-back home games to finish the season. The Seminoles, who have won consecutive home games, have beaten Virginia nine straight times in Tallahassee. The Cavaliers' tough defense was on display when they beat Florida State 56-36 on Jan. 19, snapping the Seminoles' seven-game win streak in the series.
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ABOUT VIRGINIA (20-9, 10-6 ACC): The Cavaliers have held ACC opponents under 60 points in 12 games and lead the conference at 54.4 points allowed. Virginia is ranked in the top 10 nationally in five defensive categories: points per game, assists per game, fouls per game, possessions per 40 minutes and points per possession. Junior guard Joe Harris (17.2 points) is second in the ACC in scoring after recording at least 20 points in six of his last 10 games. Junior forward Akil Mitchell has all nine of Virginia's double-doubles this season and averages 12.9 points and 8.8 rebounds.
ABOUT FLORIDA STATE (15-14, 7-9): All-ACC candidate Michael Snaer, who has three game-winning buzzer-beaters this season, is averaging 18 points during his last five games. Junior forward Okaro White adds 12.2 points and 6.0 rebounds for the Seminoles, who lead the ACC in free-throw shooting (72.8 percent). The Seminoles also lead the ACC in blocked shots (5.1) after recording 19 blocks -- to go with 11 steals =- in their last two games. Terrance Shannon, a 6-8 junior forward, scored three points in three minutes in Sunday's loss at North Carolina in his first action since injuring his neck against Virginia in January.
1. Virginia is 0-16 in games played in the state of Florida since beating Florida State on Feb. 17, 2001.
2. Harris leads the ACC in 3-point shooting percentage (46.3) and is the only player ranked in the league's top 10 in all three shooting categories.
3. Snaer (1,475 career points) needs five points to pass Dave Cowens (1,479) for 10th place on Florida State's all-time scoring list and 25 points to become the 10th player in school history with 1,500 points.
PREDICTION: Florida State 68, Virginia 63