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Basketball preview: FSU Seminoles at N.C. State Wolfpack

Florida State looks to avoid a stumble Saturday before its Monday home game vs. Louisville where first place in the conference could be on the line.
Florida State guard M.J. Walker tries to drive past Pittsburgh guard Xavier Johnson during their game Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Tallahassee. [MARK WALLHEISER | AP]

No. 8 Florida State (22-4, 12-3 ACC) at North Carolina State (17-9, 8-7)

PNC Arena, Raleigh, N.C.; 4 p.m. Saturday; TV/radio: ACC Network; 1010-AM

BOTTOM LINE: No. 8 Florida State presents a tough challenge for North Carolina State. North Carolina State has won one of its four games against ranked opponents this season. FSU beat Pittsburgh by 15 on Tuesday.

SENIOR SCORING: North Carolina State has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Markell Johnson, Devon Daniels, C.J. Bryce, D.J. Funderburk and Jericole Hellems have combined to account for 77 percent of the team’s scoring this season and 86 percent of all Wolfpack points over the past five games.

SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Johnson has either made or assisted on 41 percent of all the Wolfpack field goals over the past five games. The senior guard has accounted for 24 field goals and 32 assists in those games.

ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Seminoles have recently gotten baskets via assists more often than the Pack. N.C. State has an assist on 37 of 84 field goals (44 percent) over its past three game while FSU has assists on 44 of 85 field goals (51.8 percent) during its past three games.

DID YOU KNOW? FSU is ranked second among ACC teams with an average of 75.6 points per game.