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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, February 24, 6 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Cassell Coliseum (9,847) -- Blacksburg, Virginia. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: FSU 7-7, Virginia Tech 8-7. Away Record: FSU 4-5, Virginia Tech 2-6. Neutral Record: FSU 3-0, Virginia Tech 1-2. Conference Record: FSU 6-7, Virginia Tech 2-11. Series Record: FSU leads, 27-19.
GAMES NOTES: Two teams in the bottom half of the Atlantic Coast Conference will square off on Sunday evening, as the Florida State Seminoles square off with the Virginia Tech Hokies at Cassell Coliseum.
The Seminoles sit right near the middle of the ACC with a record of 6-7 against league foes following an 84-66 rout at the hands of NC State last time out. Florida State has a 14-12 mark overall but has lost three of its last four matchups. On the road the Seminoles are 4-5, but up next they will be at the Donald L. Tucker Center to host Wake Forest.
Virginia Tech isn't just in the bottom half of the ACC, it is actually alone in last pace. The Hokies have dropped nine straight contests to fall to 2-11 in conference clashes and just 11-15 overall. The Hokies have fought to about even at Cassell Coliseum (8-7) this season but up next they face a tough test in No. 2 Miami.
This is the first and only scheduled meeting between these teams this season. The Seminoles have won each of the last two matchups and lead the all-time series, 27-19.
Control of the boards was key in Florida State's setback against the Wolfpack. The Seminoles had a 45-21 deficit in rebounds and also were outscored 25-16 from the free-throw line in the contest. The Seminoles did get 20 points from Michael Snaer in the losing effort.
Snaer (14.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg) is more often then not at the top of the score sheet for the Seminoles. The 6-foot-5 guard has scored in double figures in four of the last five games and reached 20 points in back-to-back contests. Snaer is a dangerous shooter from 3-point range especially where he connect on 39.5 percent of his attempts. Okaro White (12.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg) compliments Snaer from the frontcourt as the only other player in double figures. No other active player on the roster scores more than 6.5 points per game for the Seminoles who only put up 67.3 points a contest as a team.
Erick Green topped 20 points yet again but it wasn't nearly enough for Virginia nTech in an 88-56 loss to No. 6 Duke on Thursday. The Hokies were doubled up on points off turnovers (15-7) in the loss, while being outscored 36-3 from beyond the arc.
Green (25.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.0 apg) isn't just the best scorer for the Hokies or in the ACC but also the country. After putting in 22 points against Duke, the 6-foot-3 guard has now scored at least 20 points in 24 games this season and in each of the last five. Green isn't just a scorer though as he leads the Hokies in assists as well. Jarell Eddie (12.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg) is the only other player on the team scoring in double figures for Virginia Tech though he shoots below 40 percent from the field. As a team the Hokies are shooting the second-worst percentage from the floor (.421) among ACC teams while ranking last in assists (10.6 pg).
With three of their final four games on the road this may be one of Virginia Tech's last changes to collect a win this season. If Green's supporting cast can find some rhythm offensively at home the Hokies could do just that.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Virginia Tech 69, Florida State 67
02/24 10:32:19 ET
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