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Game preview: No. 5 FSU at Virginia

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No. 5 FSU (17-2, 7-1 ACC) at Virginia (13-6, 5-4 ACC)

Time/TV: Tuesday at 7 p.m. ESPN.

All-time series: FSU leads the series 26-25, breaking the tie less than two weeks ago, 54-50, in Tallahassee.

FSU potential starters: 6-foot-6 G Devin Vassell (13.1 ppg., 5.2 rpg.), 6-5 G Trent Forrest (11.8 ppg., 4.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists), 6-5 G M.J. Walker (11.4 ppg.), 6-9 F Malik Osborne (5.9 ppg., 3.6 rpg.), 6-8 F RaiQuan Gray (6.1 ppg., 3.6 rpg.).

FSU reserves: 6-foot-8 F Patrick Williams (8.5 ppg., 3.2 rpg.), 6-6 G Anthony Polite (7.0 ppg.), 7-foot C Dominik Olejniczak (3.4 ppg., 2.2 rpg.), 7-foot-1 Balsa Koprivica 6.0 ppg., 2.8 rpg.).

Virginia potential starters: 6-foot-9 F Mamadi Diakite (12.9 ppg., 6.9 rpg.), 5-9 G Kihei Clark (10.1 ppg., 5.9 assists), 6-8 G Braxton Key (10.5 ppg., 7.7 rpg.), 6-3, G Casey Morsell (4.7 ppg., 1.9 rpg.), 6-7 G Kody Stattmann (5.4 ppg., 3.5 rpg.). The Cavs’ Tomas Woldetensae made 7 of 14 3-pointers in Sunday’s win at Wake Forest.

FSU will win if: The Seminoles make 3-pointers and not turn it over against Virginia’s pack-line defense. Yes, we say it every time anyone plays the Cavaliers. But it’s again crucial in the second meeting between the teams inside two weeks. FSU has improved its 3-point accuracy although the turnovers have become a concern of late.

Milestones: Trent Forrest surpassed the 1,000-point mark on Saturday but he also quietly hit the 500-rebound mark, too. Forrest and All-American Bob Sura are the only FSU players who have 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 400 assists and 200 steals in their careers.

History lesson: FSU is 20-6 in the ACC the last two seasons … If FSU wins on Tuesday, the Seminoles would open 18-2 to tie the best start in school history. FSU also opened 18-2 in 2016-17 but lost their next two games that season.

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  1. Dan DensmoreReply

    Go Noles! Wow game is on ESPN, I get to watch it in St.Augustine. Shocker

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