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Storylines, stats and notes as FSU returns to court vs. NC State

The Florida State men’s basketball team returns to the court for the first time in more than two weeks — and for the first time in 2021 — with a home game against NC State on Wednesday (6:30 p.m. on ACC Network).

FSU hasn’t played since a Dec. 29 loss at Clemson. Three games (Duke, at Syracuse and at Pittsburgh) were postponed. The Seminoles’ 15 days between games is the longest in-season layoff between games since an 18-day layoff between games (December 15-January 1) during the 1955-56 season, according to research by FSU sports information.

The Seminoles have not lost an ACC home game in nearly two years. They have captured 18 straight wins in league play in Tallahassee, dating back to a win over Clemson on January 22, 2019. 

M.J. Walker enters Wednesday’s game averaging a career-high high 15.3 points per game this season. He has 891 career points and needs only 109 points to become the 47th member of the Seminoles’ 1,000-point club. 

Anthony Polite is averaging 12 points over his last five games, scoring a career-high 15 points in FSU’s win over Gardner-Webb.

In two ACC games, Scottie Barnes is averaging 15 points and five rebounds. He is shooting 12 of 20 (60 percent) in those games, a home win over Georgia Tech and a road loss at Clemson.

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP FOR FLORIDA STATE

F RaiQuan Gray (7.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg; 3 pts and 1 reb vs. NC State, February 22, 2020) 

C Balsa Koprivica (9.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg; 0 pts and 2 rebs vs. NC State, February 22, 2020) 

G Anthony Polite (10.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg; 3 pts and 3 rebs vs. NC State, February 22, 2020) 

G Scottie Barnes (11.1 ppg, 4.3 apg; First career game vs. NC State) 

G M.J. Walker (15.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 15 pts and 2 rebs vs. NC State, March 2, 2019) 

FSU BENCH OPTIONS

G RayQuan Evans (4.7 ppg, 1.0 apg; 0 pts and 1 reb vs. NC State, February 22, 2020) 

F Malik Osborne (3.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg; 9 pts and 12 rebs vs. NC State, February 22, 2020) 

G/F Wyatt Wilkes (4.4 ppg, 1.7 rpg; 3 pts and 0 rebs vs. NC State, February 22, 2020) 

C Quincy Ballard (1.2 ppg, 0.4 rpg; First career game vs. NC State)

G Sardaar Calhoun (3.9 ppg, 0.9 rpg; First career game vs. NC State) 

G Nathanael Jack (3.4 ppg, 0.3 apg; First career game vs. NC State) 

C Tanor Ngom (1.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg; First career game vs. NC State) 

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP FOR NC STATE 

F Jericole Holmes (12.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg; 14 pts and 7 rebs vs. Florida State, February 22, 2020) 

F Manny Bates (9.5 ppg, 3.1 bpg; 0 pts and 3 blks vs. Florida State, February 22, 2020)

G Cam Hayes (8.2 ppg, 3.3 apg; First career game vs. Florida State)

G Thomas Allen (6.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg; First career game vs. Florida State) 

G Devon Daniels (16.5 ppg, 3.4 apg; 18 pts and 9 rebs vs. Florida State, February 22, 2020) 

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