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Florida State looks to finish regular season with a win against Miami

Florida State Men’s Basketball will close out their regular season schedule against the Miami Hurricanes at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 4. The Seminoles will be honoring Michael Ojo and Jarquez Smith in senior-day activities before the game.

FSU will look to rebound after falling to Duke 75-70 last Tuesday. The Noles are on the verge of clinching a double-bye in the upcoming ACC Tournament, a win against the Hurricanes would get them even closer.

Miami comes into this contest with a record of 20-9, the latest AP Poll ranks them as the number 25 team in the country. The Seminoles were able to defeat Miami 75-57 on the road back in early February and the Canes want revenge. Miami has won six of their last eight games, but most recently fell to Virginia Tech 66-61 back on Monday.

The Hurricanes are averaging 70.6 points per game while shooting 45.8% from the field and 35.9% from three. They are led by three double-digit scorers and have eight players averaging double-figures in minutes per game. Davon Reed, a senior guard, averages a team-high 15 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. Reed also is the top three point shooter on the Hurricanes squad, he’s knocking down 39.7% of his triples. Ja’Quan Newton, a junior guard, is putting up 14.2 points, 3.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Bruce Bowen, a freshman guard out of Boston, is Miami’s third leading scorer at 11.9 points per game, he’s also grabbing 5.9 rebounds per game and recording a team-high 1.5 steals.

Florida State has amassed a 23-7 record that has them tied with Duke and Louisville for third in the ACC. The Noles are currently ranked as the number 15 team in the nation.

They are averaging 83.6 points per game on 48.7% shooting from the field and 36.6% shooting from deep. FSU is very deep, only three players average double-figures in scoring, but 10 players average double-figures in minutes per game. Christ Koumadje is averaging 9.7 minutes and PJ Savoy is averaging 8.8 minutes.

Dwayne Bacon leads the Noles, scoring a team-high 16.7 points per game. Despite finding his offense late during the loss to Duke, Bacon has only averaged 13 points per game on 37.1% shooting from the field and 30% from three during his last six games. Jonathan Isaac is averaging 12.6 points, a team-high 7.4 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. Xavier Rathan-Mayes has blossomed in his second year as a point guard, he’s putting up 10.5 points, three rebounds and 4.8 steals per game. XRM has one of the best assists to turnover ratios in the ACC.

Projected Starters:

– FSU

PG: Xavier Rathan-Mayes

G: Dwayne Bacon

G: Terance Mann

F: Jarquez Smith

C: Michael Ojo

 

– Miami

G: Davon Reed

G: Bruce Bowen

F: Anthony Lawrence Jr.

F: Kamari Murphy

C: Ebuka Izundu

 

Prediction: Florida State is 17-0 at home this season, and I believe that streak will continue. The Seminoles played with a renowned sense of comfort when they are in the Tucker Center that has propelled them to wins over tons of quality opponents. FSU has knocked off Duke, Louisville, Notre Dame, Florida and Minnesota, among others, in Tallahassee. A senior day showdown with the rival Hurricanes should have them chomping at the bit in their last game before the ACC Tournament.

Dustin Lewis

Lead writer for NoleGameday. Majoring in English Editing, Writing, and Media at Florida State University. Writer for FSView Sports and Hashtag Basketball.



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