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No. 9 FSU at Miami: Preview, Vegas line, how-to-watch, game thread

The ‘Noles are tied for 1st atop the ACC

NCAA Basketball: Florida State at Miami-Florida Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 9 Seminoles (15-2, 5-1) take on the Miami Hurricanes (10-6, 2-4) who have been playing with just an eight-man roster. Due to the recruiting issues that come with being investigated by the FBI the ‘Canes have 11 scholarship players, and three are hurt. This likely means Miami will try and slow the game down to a crawl so that FSU cannot take advantage of its depth.

Players to watch

Coaches on both sides know that FSU doesn’t have the personnel to contain Chris Lykes (5-7, 165) off the dribble. The key will be how the teams manage that. Does FSU change their defense and play off him, or do they try and stay tight to take away his vision? He’s averaging 15.6 ppg and shooting 34% from deep.

Oklahoma transfer Kameron McGusty (6-5, 192) has been solid, though not all that efficient. He’s averaging 14.6 per game.

Senior Dejan Vasiljevic (6-3, 190) is having his best season, scoring 14.4 per game and knocking down 42% of his 3s.

Slow motion shootout?

Miami’s offense has been very good this year, and primarily because they don’t turn the ball over. Instead, they maximize each possession. Defensively, they’ve been pretty bad. They don’t pressure (277th in turnover%), and they’re one of the worst defensive rebounding teams in nation (328th). This game likely comes down to which team controls the style of play.

Who will win?

Ken Pomeroy FSU 70%

Vegas line FSU -6


The game tips at 1 PM from the Watsco Center in Coral Gables, and will be broadcast on the ACC Network.