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FSU vs. Wake Forest: How to watch, game thread, notes, odds

The Seminoles are trying to win three straight for the first time since the 2021-2022 season

If Florida State basketball (8-6, 2-1 ACC) wants to get serious about turning its season around in hopes of making the NCAA Tournament, tonight is a great place to start.

The Seminoles are trying to win three straight for the first time since the 2021-2022 season.

From Matt Minnick:

This was unquestionably Baba Miller’s best game as a Seminole. The sophomore filled up the box score with 8 points, 10 rebounds (3 offensive), 5 assists, and 3 steals.

Jaylan Gainey continues to look better and better on his road to recovery. He finished with 11 points—easily his high as a Seminole—on an efficient 5-7 from the field, to go along with 3 rebounds in less than 12 minutes of action.

Darin Green, Jr. started the game 3-3 (in the first 6 minutes). He didn’t attempt another shot until a few minutes into the second half. That’s unacceptable (teammates and staff both deserve some blame).

Virginia Tech came into the matchup ranked 6th in the country in free throw percentage, making more than 78% of their attempts. Today, the Hokies went 13-20 (65%) with Pedulla missing three (5-8). That made up for FSU having two points stolen from them.

The Seminoles shot 3-15 from three, with Watkins—FSU’s second-best deep threat this season—going 0-4. However, for the first time all season, the Seminoles didn’t let the missed shots impact their intensity on defense, or diminish their aggressiveness toward the rim. This made the difference in the game.

The team standing in their way? The Wake Forest Demon Deacons (11-3, 3-0 ACC), winners of nine straight games with the latest being an 86-82 victory over the Miami Hurricanes.

From our Wake Forest sister site, Blogger So Dear:

The hype around Wake Forest basketball is here. Now, it’s about making sure it stays. The best way to do that is to just keep on winning, and in doing so, the Deacs can make history. Wake Forest hasn’t opened its ACC schedule 4-0 since the 2004-05 season.

A few weeks ago, after Wake Forest’s win over Virginia Tech, I asked Steve Forbes about the notion of “never too high, never too low” as it relates to the Deacs. His answer, that his team’s resolve remains the same regardless of outcome, would lead one to believe that this 3-0 start in the ACC won’t change much.

But who can really say. Wake Forest is on a roll that hasn’t been seen in Winston-Salem for over a decade. The Deacs probably haven’t felt higher as a program in that time span either, perhaps except for the 2021-22 season that had Wake on the cusp of the NCAA Tournament.

Each of these past three victories has been impressive in their own distinct way, and one would probably look at them as tougher than Florida State. But now, more than ever, is not the time to look past the Seminoles. The Deacs have a chance to continue something special, but this is not the time to “get too high.” I don’t expect that to be the case, but it should still be said.

From Michael Rogner:

Wake features Efton Reid in the middle, who FSU has been recruiting for about a decade. Out of high school FSU lost out to LSU, who dropped a bag heavy enough to cost their coach his job. After that Efton spent a year at Gonzaga, backing up Drew Timme. Now, that the 3-time transfer rule got tossed, he’s allowed to compete, and he’s now the best defensive rebounder in the conference and the 2nd best offensive rebounder.

FSU’s lineup has been sparked by their own transfer rule success story – Primo Spears. He’s played more minutes than Jalen Warley in four straight games, and though he’s as inefficient as we all knew he’d be, he also plays at the tempo Ham has been trying to get this offense to play at for years, and he’s all got all the two button Xbox moves that allow him to penetrate more effectively than any other FSU guard. His rise along with Jaylen Gainey finally looking like the player we expected against Virginia Tech has the glass-half-full ‘Noles thinking this team may be able to crank out 10 wins in ACC play and potentially be able to sneak into the NIT.

In ACC play, FSU has forced the 2nd most turnovers, while Wake has committed the 3rd fewest. Two of Wake’s three losses on the season are also their two highest turnover games. For the Seminoles to have a chance, they’re either going to have to go bananas from deep, or force Wake into an ugly, turnover filled game.

FSU vs. Wake Forest is set to tip off at 7 p.m. tonight from Tallahassee, with the game to be shown on the ACC Network.

According to DraftKings, the Florida State Seminoles are three-point underdogs vs. the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, with the over-under set at 151.


FSU vs. Wake Forest: How to watch, stream, listen

Date

Tuesday, January 9

Time

7 p.m.

Watch, Stream

ACC Network

Listen

Seminoles Radio Network, SiriusXM RADIO FSU Broadcast: CH. 119 or 193


Possible starting lineup for Wake Forest for Florida State

  • Forward No. 2 Jamir Watkins (12.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg; First career game against Wake Forest)
  • Forward No. 5 De’Ante Green (6.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg; 2 pts and 0 rebs against Wake Forest, January 11, 2023)
  • Forward No. 11 Baba Miller (7.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg; 4 pts and 4 rebs against Wake Forest, January 11, 2023)
  • Guard No. 1 Jalen Warley (6.6 ppg, 2.3 apg; 8 pts and 7 asts against Wake Forest, January 11, 2023)
  • Guard No. 22 Darin Green Jr. (12.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 12 pts and 3 stls against Wake Forest, January 11, 2023)

Top Florida State reserves

  • Center No. 3 Cam Corhen (9.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg; 9 pts and 1 reb against Wake Forest, January 11, 2023)
  • Guard No. 0 Chandler Jackson (4.9 ppg, 1.5 apg; 2 pts and 1 reb against Wake Forest, January 11, 2023)
  • Guard No. 23 Primo Spears (1.8 ppg, 2.2 apg; First career game against Wake Forest)
  • Forward No. 33 Jaylan Gainey (3.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg; First career game against Wake Forest)
  • Guard No. 20 Josh Nickelberry (3.9 ppg, 1.5 rpg; 26 pts and 2 rebs against Wake Forest on Nov. 18, 2022 at La Sale)
  • Forward No. 10 Taylor Bol Bowen (3.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg; First career game against Wake Forest)
  • Center No. 12 Tom House (2.3 ppg, 0.5 rpg; 1 ast and 1 reb against Wake Forest, January 11, 2023)

Possible starting lineup for Wake Forest

  • Forward No. 11 Andrew Carr (14.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg; 22 pts and 4 rebs against Florida State, January 11, 2023)
  • Forward No. 00 Kevin Miller (17.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg; First career game against Florida State)
  • Guard No. 2 Cameron Hildreth (16.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg; 23 pts and 6 rebs against Florida State, January 11, 2023)
  • Guard No. 4 Efton Reid (8.0 ppg. 9.3 rpg; First career game against Florida State)
  • Guard No. 23 Sallis Hunter (18.4 ppg, 2.2 apg; First career game against Florida State)

Game notes, via FSU Sports Info

FLORIDA STATE LOOKING FOR THIRD STRAIGHT ACC VICTORY AS IT PLAYS HOST TO WAKE FOREST

Florida State, which has won two consecutive ACC games and three of its last four games overall, plays host to Wake Forest at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. The game is the only meeting of the regular season between the Seminoles and the Demon Deacons. The game is also the final contest in a season-long seven-game homestand for the Seminoles, a stretch of home games that began on December 16, 2023, for the Seminoles. Following Tuesday’s game against Wake Forest, the Seminoles have just seven more home games in the regular season which culminates on Senior Day at the Tucker Center against Miami. Florida State has won seven of its last eight home games against Wake Forest – a series of games which began with a 51-47 win at the Tucker Center on March 3, 2010. Following Tuesday’s game against Wake Forest, the Seminoles travel to play at Notre Dame (January 13, 2:15 p.m.) and at Miami (January 17, 7:00 p.m.) before returning to the Tucket Center against Clemson (January 20, 4:00 p.m.)

SEMINOLES TO HONOR NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE IN TURQUOISE UNIFORMS AGAINST DEACONS

Florida State will wear its distinctive Nike Seminole Heritage turquoise uniforms in its game against Wake Forest. It marks the 27th time the Seminoles will wear the uniforms since first wearing them on November 17, 2013, in an 89-61 win over UT Martin. It’s the seventh time the Seminoles have worn the special uniforms during an ACC game — the Seminoles are 4-2 against ACC teams in the uniforms. It’s the first time the Seminole have worn the uniforms against Wake Forest. The Seminoles have worn the uniforms against Pittsburgh (twice), Boston College (twice), Miami, and Notre Dame.

HAMILTON RANKS FIFTH IN ACC HISTORY FOR WINS

Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton enters Tuesday’s game against Wake Forest as the fifth winningest coach in ACC history with 412 wins. He is also the fifth winningest coach in ACC history for ACC regular season victories (183), ACC regular season and ACC Tournament wins combined (198), sixth in the ACC record book for ACC road wins (65), and eighth in ACC history for NCAA Tournament wins as an ACC Head Coach (18).

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…

...Defeat Wake Forest and win its third consecutive ACC game. The Seminoles most recently won three consecutive ACC games to close out the 2021-22 season with victories at Virginia (February 26, 2022; 64-63), against Notre Dame (March 2, 2022; 74-70), and NC State (March 5, 2022; 89-76)

…Defeat Wake Forest and win its third consecutive ACC home game. The Seminoles most recently during the 2021- 22 season with wins against Louisville (January 8, 2022, 79-70), Miami (January 11, 2022; 65-64) and Duke (January 18, 2022; 79-78 in overtime).