Florida State (9-3) vs. Virginia (9-4)
Saturday, Jan. 4, 5 p.m. EST
Donald Tucker Center, Tallahassee Fla.
Discuss the game and compare notes with FSU fans on the Warchant.com Hoops Message BoardClick 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.Here to view this Link.
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