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Basketball preview: No. 8 FSU Seminoles vs. No. 11 Louisville Cardinals

First place in the ACC is at stake Monday as the conference leader comes to Tallahassee with only a half-game separating the two teams.
Florida State's Devin Vassell, right, blocks the shot of North Carolina State's DJ Funderburk during the second half of their game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. [KARL B DEBLAKER | AP]

Florida State (23-4, 13-3 ACC) vs. Louisville (23-5, 14-3)

Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee; 7 p.m. Monday; TV: ESPN; 1010-AM

BOTTOM LINE: First place atop the ACC standings is on the line. Louisville sits a half-game ahead of Florida State, which is tied for second with No. 6 Duke. Louisville seeks revenge on FSU after dropping the first matchup in Louisville. The teams last played on Jan. 4, when the Seminoles shot 55.2 percent from the field while holding the Cardinals to just 38.7 percent en route to a 78-65 victory.

STREAKING SEMINOLES: FSU, which has tied its school-record for ACC wins in a season with 13, has won three straight, six of its last seven, and 16 of its last 18. The Seminoles have win 21 straight at home, including 15 straight against ACC opponents.

BYE-BYE: FSU has earned the coveted double bye in the ACC tournament for a second consecutive season. Only FSU and Duke (so far) have earned the double bye in the tournament in each of the past two seasons.

SUPER SENIORS: Louisville has benefited heavily from its seniors. Jordan Nwora, Dwayne Sutton, Steven Enoch and Ryan McMahon have collectively accounted for 61 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 60 percent of all Cardinals points over the team’s last five games.

JUMPING FOR JORDAN: Nwora has connected on 41.6 percent of the 166 3-pointers he has attempted and has made 10 of 31 over his past five games. He also has converted 81 percent of his free throws.

PERFECT WHEN: Louisville is 18-0 when it scores at least 71. The Cardinals are 5-5 when scoring fewer than 71.

GETTING DEFENSIVE: The disruptive FSU defense has forced opponents to turn the ball over on 24.3 percent of all possessions, the 15th-best rate among Division I teams. Louisville has a forced-turnover percentage of only 17.5 through 28 games to rank 288th.

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