The No. 16 Florida State males’s basketball staff has received 4 straight video games, together with three by double-digits, because it heads into this night’s house tilt with a short-handed Miami Hurricanes staff.
And from Jim Larranaga’s perspective, there is not anyone within the convention enjoying any higher in the mean time.
“I feel Florida State is essentially the most proficient staff within the ACC proper now, when it comes to athletic skill, dimension and the flexibility to play each ends of the courtroom,” Larranaga stated earlier this week. “Their skill to play full-court protection, half-court protection and rebound [is impressive]. They’re additionally capturing the ball extraordinarily nicely proper now.”
As for his staff, not a lot.
The Hurricanes.(6-8, 2-7 within the ACC) are one of many worst capturing groups in America from 3-point vary and are coming off a 3-of-22 effort in a loss to Notre Dame on Sunday night time. They’ve shot lower than 23 % total from Three of their final six video games.
Now, they need to face a staff that appears to be coming into its personal defensively.
Florida State (9-2, 5-1) performed in all probability its finest two video games of the season on that finish of the courtroom in its final two outings, a 13-point win over Louisville and a 19-point win over Clemson.
And as Larranaga stated, the Seminoles are additionally capturing it nicely. They’re presently main the ACC in 3-point capturing in league video games, making virtually 44 % from past the arc.
After all, though this appears prefer it might have the makings of one other double-digit FSU win, head coach Leonard Hamilton is not about to let his staff take anybody calmly.
Miami is struggling and short-handed — on Sunday in opposition to Notre Dame, the Hurricanes had seven scholarship gamers accessible, and dynamic level guard Chris Lykes remains to be listed as “out,” in accordance with Larranaga — however as Hamilton has stated numerous instances over time, each staff within the ACC is harmful.
“I have been watching Miami, they usually have the type of staff that all the time appears to provide us super challenges,” Hamilton stated. “As a result of they all the time have 4 guys on the ground which can be good ball-handlers, passers, athletic, they usually have a number of ball-handlers that may get to locations everywhere in the ground on the dribble.
“Now they’ve had a rash of accidents which have saved them from getting the type of rhythm you’ll usually prefer to have. I do not know the place they’re now, however we count on it to be one other hard-fought sport prefer it all the time is after we play the College of Miami.”
The Seminoles beat the Hurricanes twice a season in the past, however neither win was simple, Hamilton identified.
Florida State needed to make a livid rally within the closing minutes down in Coral Gables to drive additional time and finally pull out an 83-79 win. Then, three weeks later, the Seminoles knocked off Miami, 99-81, however the sport was nonetheless nicely inside attain for the Hurricanes till the ultimate eight minutes.
Whereas Lykes is anticipated to overlook the sport, Miami was bolstered by the current return of senior guard Kam McGusty, who scored 20 factors within the loss to Notre Dame. He scored 15 factors within the additional time loss to the Seminoles a season in the past.
“Properly, the very first thing is we are able to’t get into only a run-and-shoot sport with them,” Larranaga stated. “We’ve bought to regulate the tempo and do a great job of limiting our turnovers. Turnovers are a part of the key key to their success, the place they get a number of open-court alternatives. Secondly, we simply need to shoot the ball higher than now we have in current video games.”
And hope Florida State does not.
The Seminoles have received 5 straight within the sequence and 4 straight at house in opposition to the Hurricanes. Tipoff on the Tucker Heart is about for six p.m. ET on the ACC Community.