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Basketball preview: No. 8 FSU Seminoles vs. Miami Hurricanes

Florida State is tied for second in the ACC standings, one game out of first, heading into Saturday’s matchup against its archrival.
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. [MARK WALLHEISER  |  AP]
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. [MARK WALLHEISER | AP]
Published Feb. 8

No. 8 Florida State (19-3, 9-2 ACC) vs. Miami (11-11, 3-9)

Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee; noon Saturday; TV/radio: ACC Network; 1010-AM

BOTTOM LINE: No. 8 Florida State looks for its fourth straight win on its homecourt against Miami. The last victory for the Hurricanes in Tallahassee was 67-65 on Feb. 14, 2016.

SUPER SENIORS: Miami has benefited heavily from its seniors. Dejan Vasiljevic, Kameron McGusty, Rodney Miller and Sam Waardenburg have collectively accounted for 56 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 49 percent of all Hurricanes points over the team’s last five games.

DOMINANT DEJAN: Vasiljevic has connected on 37.3 percent of the 150 3-pointers he has attempted and has made 9 of 41 over his past five games. He’s also converted 89.8 percent of his free throws this season.

WINLESS WHEN: Miami is 0-7 when scoring fewer than 63 points and 11-4 when scoring at least 63.

STREAK STATS: Miami has dropped its past five road games, scoring 61.6 points and allowing 79.8 points during those contests. FSU has won its past 11 at home, scoring an average of 81.2 points while giving up 64.

GETTING DEFENSIVE: The disruptive FSU defense has forced opponents to turn the ball over on 25.4 percent of all possessions, the 11th-best rate among Division I teams. Miami has a forced-turnover percentage of only 17.8 percent through 22 games (ranking the Hurricanes 279th).

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