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Basketball preview: No. 7 FSU Seminoles vs. Boston College Eagles

Florida State can win its first ACC regular-season championship with a win Saturday and earn the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.
Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton shouts instructions to his players during a game against Notre Dame on March 4, 2020, in South Bend, Ind. [ROBERT FRANKLIN  |  AP]
Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton shouts instructions to his players during a game against Notre Dame on March 4, 2020, in South Bend, Ind. [ROBERT FRANKLIN | AP]

No. 7 Florida State (25-5, 15-4 ACC) vs. Boston College (13-17, 7-12)

Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee; 4:30 Saturday; TV/radio: Fox Sun, Fox Florida; 1010-AM

BOTTOM LINE: No. 7 Florida State presents a tough challenge for Boston College, which has won one of its four games against ranked teams this season. FSU is coming off a 73-71 road win over Notre Dame on Wednesday.

AT STAKE FOR SEMINOLES: The ACC regular-season title comes down to two games Saturday afternoon, with FSU and No. 10 Louisville tied atop the league. The Cardinals (24-6, 15-4) visit Virginia (22-7, 14-5), which has won seven straight. An FSU win ensures it of at least a share of the ACC regular-season title for the first time in program history. An FSU win and a Louisville win gives the Seminoles the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament by virtue of them beating the Cardinals twice this season. For FSU, a shared or outright title would be its first regular-season championship in any league since winning the old Metro Conference in the 1988-89 season.

SUPER SENIORS: Boston College’s Jay Heath, Derryck Thornton and Nik Popovic have combined to account for 48 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 56 percent of all Eagles points over the last five games.

CREATING OFFENSE: Steffon Mitchell has directly created 44 percent of all BC’s field goals over the past three games. The junior forward has 10 field goals and 22 assists in those games.

SLIPPING AT 74: Boston College is 0-11 when it allows at least 74 points and 13-6 when it holds opponents to less than 74.

STREAK STATS: The Seminoles have won their past 15 home games, scoring an average of 82.4 points while giving up 66.4.

DID YOU KNOW? FSU is rated second among ACC teams with an average of 75.2 points per game.

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