GAME NOTES: The Florida State Seminoles look to gain some ground in the ACC
standings as they visit PNC Arena for a league bout with the NC State
Although FSU is just 6-6 in ACC action and 14-11 overall on the campaign, it
is one of just three teams in the conference with at least three wins over
league rivals on the road. Coach Leonard Hamilton's squad is coming off a
hard-fought, 69-66 home win over Boston College. Michael Snaer scored 21
points to lead the way as the Seminoles connected on 51 percent of their field
goal tries. Devon Bookert dished out a career-high eight assists in just his
second career start to help FSU fend off BC.
Mark Gottfried's Wolfpack survived a scare on Saturday to collect a 90-86 win
in overtime from its matchup with Virginia Tech. The victory was the second in
a row for NC State, which is 13-1 at home this season. Scott Wood poured in 22
points to pace the team while Richard Howell collected 16 rebounds and Lorenzo
Brown dealt out seven assists. The Wolfpack were expected to be a contender
for the ACC crown this season after their impressive run in the NCAA
Tournament a year ago. They have not disappointed offensively, ranking ninth
in the nation in scoring (78.4) on a fifth-best 49.9 percent shooting from the
floor, but they are one of the worst defensive teams in the ACC with an
allowed average of 73.2 ppg.
The Seminoles' game against the Wolfpack marks the first of two meetings this
season between the two teams who were both selected to finish in the top four
of the league standings. Florida State and NC State will close out the regular
season in Tallahassee on March 9 before both teams head to the ACC Tournament.
NC State is 27-21 in history against FSU.
Snaer, who has built a Robert Horry like reputation for big shots at the
buzzer, had not netted 20 points in conference action this season before going
8-of-10 from the floor versus the Eagles for FSU. Okaro White chipped in 13
points and eight boards. Outside of Snaer and White, the Seminoles lack a
consistent scorer. FSU's interior play has not been up to par this season.
Recently, it was outscored, 32-16, in the paint and also 19-1 in second chance
points by a weak Wake Forest unit.
NC State will provide a much tougher test in the post than the Demon Deacons
with its unbelievable array of forwards. C.J. Leslie's athleticism has helped
him produce 15.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per tilt, while Howell contributes a
double-double average of 13.2 points and 11 rebounds per game. The Wolfpack
were a much different team while Brown was injured, but they are 2-0 since he
came back to tally 30 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds and three steals over
the past two games.
Snaer should be able to match whatever Wood and Brown produce from the
backcourt, but FSU is going to have trouble matching the Wolfpack on the glass
and in the paint. The Seminoles will need to put on an accurate shooting
display if they hope to steal another one on the road.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: NC State 75, Florida State 60