Game preview: No. 5 FSU at Va. Tech

No. 5 FSU (17-3, 7-2 ACC) at Virginia Tech (14-7, 5-5)

Time/TV: Saturday at 4 p.m. on Fox Sports Sun, Fox Sports South and other regional sports networks.

All-time series: FSU leads the series 35-22.

FSU potential starters: 6-foot-6 G Devin Vassell (13.3 ppg., 5.3 rpg.), 6-5 G Trent Forrest (11.5 ppg., 4.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists), 6-5 G M.J. Walker (11.1 ppg.), 6-9 F Malik Osborne (5.9 ppg., 4.9 rpg.), 6-8 F RaiQuan Gray (6.2 ppg., 3.6 rpg.).

FSU reserves: 6-6 G Anthony Polite (6.9 ppg.), 7-foot C Dominik Olejniczak (3.3 ppg., 2.1 rpg.), 7-foot-1 Balsa Koprivica 6.0 ppg., 2.8 rpg.), 6-6 F Wyatt Wilkes (3.3 ppg.).

Virginia Tech potential starters: 6-7 F Landers Nolley (17.7 ppg., 5.5 rpg.), 6-6 F P.J. Horne (7.7 ppg., 4.7 rpg.), 6-0 G Wabissa Bede (5.8 ppg., 6.3 assists), 6-3 G Nahiem Alleyne (9.5 peg., 2.6 rpg.), 6-1 G Tyrecec Radford (9.1 ppg., 6.5 rpg.). Reserve Jalen Cone makes 42 of 78 of his 3-pointers.

Injury update: Patrick Williams is doubtful to play in Saturday’s game, FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said.

FSU will win if: FSU’s guards must defend the 3-pointer well. The Hokies live and die with the 3-pointer – 43 percent of their production comes from shots beyond the arc. FSU must contest the 3s and make sure that Virginia Tech makes a low percentage of the shots. Vassell must again be productive. He’s scored in double figures in seven straight games.

History lesson: FSU has won eight of its last 14 ACC road games since the start of the 2018-19 season. … The Seminoles have won the last two games overall against Virginia Tech.

Game day listen: The Tuck Talk podcast previews the game. We also have a 1-on-1 interview with former FSU assistant Tom Carlson. Listen here.


  1. Dan Densmore Reply

    Need to win this one. On paper FSU has a considerable height advantage and should control the boards.

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