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Basketball preview: FSU Seminoles at Miami Hurricanes

Florida State, in a three-way tie atop the ACC standings, goes on the road Saturday in search of its ninth straight victory.
Florida State forward Malik Osborne dances with his teammates during player introductions before their game against Virginia on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Tallahassee. [MARK WALLHEISER  |  AP]
Florida State forward Malik Osborne dances with his teammates during player introductions before their game against Virginia on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Tallahassee. [MARK WALLHEISER | AP]
Published Jan. 18

No. 9 Florida State (15-2, 5-1 ACC) at Miami (10-6, 2-4)

Watsco Center, Coral Gables; 1 p.m. Saturday; TV/radio: ACC Network; 1010-AM

BOTTOM LINE: No. 9 Florida State looks to give Miami its 13th straight loss to ranked opponents. The Hurricanes’ last win vs. a ranked foe came against then-No. 9 North Carolina, 91-88 on Feb. 27, 2018. FSU beat unranked but defending national champion Virginia by four at home on Wednesday It was the Seminoles’ eighth straight win and keeps them tied atop the ACC standings with Louisville and Duke.

SENIOR STUDS: Miami has relied heavily on its seniors this season. Chris Lykes, Kameron McGusty, Dejan Vasiljevic, Sam Waardenburg and Rodney Miller have combined to account for 80 percent of the team’s scoring and 86 percent of all UM’s points over the past five games.

ACC ADVANCEMENT: The Seminoles have given up only 59.5 points per game to conference opponents this season. That’s an improvement from the 64.4 per game they allowed against nonconference foes.

TERRIFIC TRENT: Trent Forrest has connected on 31.3 percent of the 32 3-pointers he has attempted and has made 2 of 7 over his past five games. He also has converted 80 percent of his free throws this season.

WINLESS WHEN: Miami is 0-5 this season when it scores 63 points or fewer and 10-1 when it scores at least 64.

ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: FSU has recently created baskets via assists more often than the Hurricanes. Miami has an assist on 22 of 64 field goals (34.4 percent) across its previous three contests while FSU has assists on 36 of 79 field goals (45.6 percent) during its past three games.

DID YOU KNOW? The disruptive FSU defense has forced opponents to turn the ball over on 26.6 percent of all possessions, the 10th-best rate in the nation. Miami has a forced-turnover percentage of only 17.8 through 16 games, ranking it 294th among Division I teams.


  1. Pittsburgh's Justin Champagnie (11) and Florida State's Malik Osborne (10) battle for a rebound in the first half in Tallahassee on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.
  2. Florida State quarterback James Blackman (1) throws during the first half of the 2019 season opener against Boise State in Tallahassee.
  3. Feb. 14• Florida State Seminoles
    Florida State head football coach Mike Norvell speaks at a press conference Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Tallahassee, Fla. Norvell is Florida State's new coach, taking over a Seminoles program that has struggled while he was helping to build Memphis into a Group of Five power.
  4. Florida quarterback Kyle Trask (11) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the second half of the Orange Bowl against Virginia on Dec. 30 in Miami Gardens.
  5. FSU booster Brian Murphy (far right) sits with his wife, Renee, son, Parker and daughter, Devin, at Doak Campbell Stadium.
  6. Florida State fans will have the opportunity to cheer on their Seminoles against LSU at New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome in 2022 and at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium in 2023.
  7. ESPN films game action  on the final day of the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational at Eddie C. Moore. Fields in Clearwater last year.
  8. Feb. 11• Florida State Seminoles
    Duke guard Tre Jones celebrates after scoring against Florida State during a tight Blue Devils home victory.
  9. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. watches the leaderboard after his run during NASCAR auto race qualifying at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Fla.
  10. Florida State guard M.J. Walker goes up for a shot against Miami during the second half in Tallahassee on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020.
  11. Florida State guard Trent Forrest attempts to drive past North Carolina guard Cole Anthony during the second half on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, Tallahassee. FSU beat UNC 65-59.
  12. South Florida Bulls tight end Mitchell Wilcox (89) makes a key reception with Temple Owls safety Amir Tyler (25) and Temple Owls linebacker Audley Isaacs (30) defending during the third quarter of the game between USF and Temple on Thursday, November 7, 2019, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.