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Florida State (10-6) at Virginia (11-5)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 19, 4 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: John Paul Jones Arena (14,593) -- Charlottesville, Virginia. Television: ACC Network. Home Record: FSU 4-5, UVA 10-1. Away Record: FSU 3-1, UVA 1-3. Neutral Record: FSU 3-0, UVA 0-1. Conference Record: FSU 2-1, UVA 1-2. Series Record: FSU leads, 21-17.
GAME NOTES: The Florida State Seminoles will try and continue their recent dominance over the Virginia Cavaliers when the teams meet up for an Atlantic Coast Conference clash at John Paul Jones Arena.
Florida State has won seven straight and 10 of the last 11 meetings with Virginia to take a 21-17 series lead.
FSU had won six of its previous seven outings entering last Saturday's bout with North Carolina, but the Tar Heels claimed a 77-72 victory in that contest. The outcome dropped the Seminoles' home record to 4-5, although they have won six of seven elsewhere this season.
Meanwhile, Virginia is looking to rebound from a 0-2 road trip last week, which began with a 55-52 setback at Wake Forest and ended with a 59-44 loss at Clemson last Saturday. While the Cavaliers have not been road warriors like Florida State, they have certainly taken care of business at home, winning 10 of 11.
The Seminoles had trouble matching up with the bigger Tar Heels in last weekend's matchup, as UNC enjoyed a commanding 41-19 rebounding advantage, including a key 19-6 edge on the offensive glass. FSU's hopes were dashed with about 16 seconds remaining, when Michael Snaer's potential game-tying 3- pointer clanked off the rim and was rebounded by the Tar Heels. Okaro White finished with a team-high 15 points for FSU, while Terry Whisnant scored 14, and Terrance Shannon finished with 12 off the bench. Snaer, the team's leading scorer (15.1 ppg), posted as many field goals as turnovers (3). The Seminoles are simply ill-equipped to win consistently when their top offensive option has an off game, as he did last week. White (13.4 ppg) is the only other player on the team scoring in double figures.
The Cavaliers are not without their own concerns about depth. Akil Mitchell, the team's top rebounder and second-leading scorer (12.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg) has played the last three games on a badly sprained ankle that has sapped his effectiveness. Third-leading scorer Darion Atkins has started the last 11 games but a stress reaction near his shin has hindered his play. Earlier this week, coach Tony Bennett announced that his sophomore forward is being shut down indefinitely. With UVA thin on the front line, more pressure is placed on the shoulders of Joe Harris (15.1 ppg) to produce. He is certainly capable, having shot 46 percent from beyond the arc so far, but teams are sure to pay him some extra attention on defense. Harris scored 14 against Clemson last week, although he shot just 5-of-13 from the floor and was the only player in double figures for the Cavs, who shot only 35.4 percent as a team.
Florida State has had UVA's number over the last few years. Unfortunately for the shorthanded Cavaliers, they'll be hard-pressed to reverse that trend with a thin front line.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Florida State 67, Virginia 63
01/19 10:35:29 ET
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