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We did it.

AP #25 Coaches Poll#25 Tomahawk Nation Blog Poll #24.

Now, it is time to move on and take care of business.

Take a look inside for the game preview and game thread on tonight's match up with the Cavaliers.

N.B. Noles go to 6-3 in ACC play. No let downs tonight. Let's get ready for Wake on Saturday.

The numbers don't lie. This team battled and kept its compsure, enduring an ugly first half, to beat the red hot Clemson Tigers on the road. Hamilton captured his team's focus when he said the following after the game: "We didn't have much choice. We had to have stops if we were going to have any chance to win the game. It was almost like we were playing the game and not necessarily worrying about the score." When this team plays loose, it is successful. We found a way to survive Clemson's relentless pressure from the first possession to go on a 40-17 run to finish the game. (That is not a typo) Our depth, athleticism and defense helped us to win the game.

Here are a couple of images that sum up our success at LittleJohn Stadium (or as TD called it...PoppaJohn Stadium) Mary Ann Chastain/Tallahassee Democrat

P.S. Alabi was named ACC rookie of the week.

After the recent upsets and suprises in the ACC, here are the current standings going into tonight's game, as presented on Ken Pomeroy's fantastic site.

 Overall Conf
W-L W-L Pomeroy/Rnk AdjO/Rnk AdjD/Rnk AdjT/Rnk SOS/Rnk NCSOS/Rnk
Duke 20-3 7-2 .9761/1 114.6/21 83.0/3 68.6/100 .7142/18 .6177/83
North Carolina 21-2 7-2 .9734/3 122.0/2 89.2/19 75.8/5 .6866/33 .5553/131
Clemson 19-3 5-3 .9418/15 114.9/17 90.2/25 69.3/76 .6246/74 .4070/261
Wake Forest 18-3 5-3 .9401/17 109.8/51 86.5/8 73.7/9 .6425/63 .3946/268
Florida St. 18-5 5-3 .8579/52 102.3/146 87.5/9 67.8/133 .6907/30 .5326/154
Virginia Tech 15-7 5-3 .8202/62 109.9/50 96.3/84 66.6/179 .6541/54 .4583/219
Boston College 18-7 6-4 .8163/65 113.1/29 99.3/135 67.8/130 .6274/72 .3903/275
Maryland 15-8 4-5 .8110/69 104.7/110 92.2/42 69.4/67 .6624/50 .4498/228
Miami FL 15-8 4-6 .9142/26 115.1/16 93.7/55 65.9/207 .6938/28 .4218/248
North Carolina St. 12-9 2-6 .7320/89 109.7/54 100.5/166 64.6/262 .5472/126 .2501/335
Virginia 7-12 1-7 .6733/103 103.5/124 97.2/100 68.8/91 .7271/13 .4837/198
Georgia Tech 10-12 1-8 .6963/96 97.6/223 90.8/35 71.4/25 .5968/88 .3528/295

Some how Duke manages to stay number one in the conference and overal in the Pomeroy ratings and why I made such a stir on the CBS Blog Poll, wining us the Mr. Bold Award for week one. Fortunately, none of this matters until the field of 64 is set, of which we are currently a member. Lunardi currently has 8 from the ACC going to the tournament, which is probably on the high side.

I love that our defense is now # 9 according to Pomeroy. I'm looking forward to the grudge match with Wake Forest next weekend. The interesting point is to look at the shades of green (or red) on each side of the Offense/Defense column as you work your way down. Once you get past Wake, with the exception of Miami, you can either play offense or defense but not both. Take a look at Clemson's ranking...probably the most balanced team on both ends of the court, simply looking at rankings, with the smallest discrepancy between the two. We get another chance to play them coming up very shortly. Look for another outstanding game.

Here is how we did the last time against the Cavaliers, beating them 73-62 at UVA:

This game was not as close as it appeared. And did UVA really get all of those calls? This time, we're the home team so look for the FT Rate to even out. Plus, we had a lot of ugly turnovers and at times poor execution on the offensive end. At the end of the game, we fell asleep, many careless mistakes and allowed UVA to go on a little bit of a run to make the score seem closer than it was.

Here are the likely starters for each team:

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #31 Chris Singleton (8.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg; 7 pts and 7 rebs vs. Virginia, Jan. 2$, 2009)
F #41 Uche Echefu (7.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg; 8 pts and 9 rebs vs. Virginia, Feb. 17, 2007)
C #32 Solomon Alabi (7.8 ppg, 2.1 bpg; 10 pts and 2 blcks vs. Virginia, Jan. 24, 2009)
G #22 Derwin Kitchen (7.4 ppg, 2.1 apg; 6 pts and 3 stls vs. Virginia, Jan. 24, 2009)
G #23 Toney Douglas (20.3 ppg, 2.1 spg; 21 pts and 1 stl vs. Virginia, Jan. 24, 2009)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR VIRGINIAF #12 Jamil Tucker (7.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg; 10 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 24, 2009)F #24 Mamadi Diane (4.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg; 21 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan., 23, 2008)C #32 Mike Scott (10.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg; 5 pts and 3 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 23, 2008)G #13 Sammy Zeglinski (9.5 ppg, 3.4 apg; 8 pts and 5 stls vs. Florida State, Jan, 24, 2009)G #15 Slyven Landersberg (17.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg; 24 pts and 6 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 24, 2009)

Landersbeg is their go to guy. A 6'6' Freshman out of New York, Landesberg has taken off in his starting role at UVA, still putting up impressive numbers against excellent defenders in the ACC.

Clearly, things have slowed down, but putting up almost 18 points per night and having an offesnive rating around 110 is outstanding. Compare those numbers to those of our own freshman sensation:

Chris Singleton and Landesberg have completely different roles on their respective teams. I only put these up for discussion and comparison. Singleton isn't expected to score on a regular basis on our team. That's why we have Toney Dougls, whose numbers look like this:

Simply commenting on TD's offensive game does not do the man justice. He means everything to this team right now and is playing like an all ACC candidate. Unfortunately, I don't think he will get the honors with the big name guards that we see on Duke, UCN and the other big teams in the conference.

What else do you need to know about UVA? They play one of the toughest schedules in the country, they are a big, young team that is struggling on the offensive side of the ball. They are currently shooting an eFG% of 45.8%, with a brutal 29.8% 3-point percentage. If this were ever the game for FSU to sit in a big 2-3 zone and dare a team to shoot...this is it. They do an excellent job shooting FT, with a 75% team average, but they rarely get to the line. They also do a relatively nice job hanging on to the ball, with a TO% well below 20%. On the contrary, their defense does not generate turnovers, nor do they steal the ball. However, despite being a relatvely "easy" win last time out, we turned the ball over on 31% of our offensive plays. Granted, this number was falsly elevated by a lot of unecessary alley-oop attempts at the end of the game.

To be complete, here are the numbers for each team:

FSU:

 Offense Defense
Raw Efficiency : 99.2 (204) 91.5 ( 20)
Adj Efficiency : 102.3 (146) 87.5 ( 9)

Effective FG% : 48.0 (204) 43.7 ( 13)
Turnover Pct. : 23.5 (299) 23.8 ( 28)
Off. Rebound% : 37.3 ( 42) 35.6 (274)
Free Throw Rate: 42.0 ( 46) 35.7 (160)

3-Point FG% : 32.8 (218) 31.5 ( 48)
2-Point FG% : 47.5 (188) 41.7 ( 15)
Free Throw Pct.: 70.7 (101) 67.2 ( 96)
Block Pct. : 7.6 ( 82) 16.4 ( 8)
Steal Pct. : 10.5 (230) 13.3 ( 12)

3PA/FGA : 33.1 (163) 35.4 (256)
A/FGM : 52.3 (216) 46.4 ( 17)

UVA:

 Offense Defense
Raw Efficiency : 99.5 (200) 101.7 (189)
Adj Efficiency : 103.5 (124) 97.2 (100)

Effective FG% : 45.8 (283) 49.0 (165)
Turnover Pct. : 19.4 ( 98) 18.8 (269)
Off. Rebound% : 35.4 ( 87) 33.2 (180)
Free Throw Rate: 33.1 (247) 33.6 (110)

3-Point FG% : 29.8 (317) 34.3 (180)
2-Point FG% : 46.2 (239) 47.9 (169)
Free Throw Pct.: 74.9 ( 20) 68.8 (185)
Block Pct. : 11.3 (307) 10.6 ( 79)
Steal Pct. : 8.8 ( 79) 9.1 (228)

3PA/FGA : 29.0 (263) 31.7 (141)
A/FGM : 48.9 (284) 55.0 (192)
 

Lots of red for both teams in the offensive column. But, UVA is one of the worst shooting teams in the country. Contain Landesberg and we're good to go.

Look for an unbelievably excited crowd at the Tucker Center tonight. I think it may be a little rough to start the game, but look for TD to to continue to rally the troops and for Alabi to continue to develop his game. UVA has their own seven footer in Assane Sene, a freshman as well with limited minutes. UVA major minute getters don't have the size to match up with Alabi. Then again, few teams in the country do.

The game should be online on the usual places:

www.atdhe.net and www.justin.tv

No let downs.

Go NOLES!