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Game day page: FSU-Virginia

Florida State (9-3) vs. Virginia (9-4)

Saturday, Jan. 4, 5 p.m. EST

Donald Tucker Center, Tallahassee Fla.

Florida State, on a four-game win streak, opens ACC play against the defensively stout Virginia. The Seminoles rank in the top 10 nationally in field goal percentage defense. Virginia ranks sixth nationally in points allowed per game with 57.6. Expect a defensive slugfest.

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Florida State vs. Virginia
Saturday, Jan. 4, 5 p.m. EST
Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee, Fl.
Last meeting: FSU 53, Virginia 51 (03/07/13)
All-Time Series: 22-18 FSU
Radio: Seminole Radio Network
Florida State Seminoles
9-3, 0-0 ACC
Coach: Leonard Hamilton

Virginia Cavaliers
9-4, 0-0 ACC

Coach: Tony Bennett

Florida State Projected Starters
Pos Name Yr. Ht./Wt. PPG RPG
F Okaro White Sr. 6-8, 210 12.8 6.7
C Boris Bojanovsky So. 7-3, 235 6.8 2 bpg
F Robert Gilchrist Jr. 6-9, 220 5.7 2.8
G Devon Bookert So. 6-3,185 7.7 3.3 apg
G Montay Brandon So. 6-7 216 9.8 5.8

Virginia projected starters
Pos Name Yr. Ht./Wt. PPG RPG
F Akil Mitchell Sr. 6-8, 235 6.1 5.5
F Darion Atkins Jr. 6-8, 234 4.2 5.6
G Justin Anderson So. 6-6, 227 9.3 4.4
G Joe Harris Sr. 6-6, 225 11.1 2.2 apg
G Malcolm Brogdon RS SO. 6-5, 217 9.5 5.4


What to watch for
There will be plenty of defense to go around, but who will actually break the logjam? The best candidate is FSU guard Aaron Thomas who seems to be coming into his own in the past month. Thomas is averaging 18.75 points in his last four games, all wins for FSU. Thomas is shooting 59 percent from the field during that stretch and 5-10 from beyond the arc. That type of scoring allows FSU's offense to overwhelm opponents, and could be the difference in breaking through Virginia's pack line.

Series History: 6-0 FSU leads

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