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Basketball is back

NCAA Basketball: Florida State at Wake Forest Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Florida State basketball is coming off their 2nd Covid pause. After the first, they played their best basketball of the season. It remains to be seen how they react to the 2nd. Luckily, they return to action at home against a Wake Forest (6-8, 3-8) team sitting in 13th place in the ACC.

Wake didn’t play anybody with a pulse in out of conference play, and then kicked off the conference season with six straight losses. New head coach Steve Forbes finally picked up his 1st ACC win at the end of January, and they’re 3-2 in their last five.

Their offense is one that plays slow, and takes a ton of 3s. They’re 6th in conference play making just over 35% of their 3s, and over 45% of their shots come from beyond the arc.

They’re led by Daivien Williamson (6-2, 170), a junior transfer from East Tennessee State, who averages 12.6 per game. He’s a career 37% 3-pt shooter.

Ian DuBose (6-4, 225), a senior transfer from Houston Baptist, scores 13.0 per game, but he’s only played in three. He came back from injury in their most recent game vs. Boston College. He’s a career 38% shooter from deep.

Isaiah Mucius (6-8, 200) scores 11.0 per game. He’s making 38% from deep, though is only at 30% for his career.

Outside of the 3-ball, their offense isn’t much of a threat. They’re 245th in turnovers, 232nd at getting to the line, and no high major teams have more of their shots blocked.

Defensively, they can rebound (40th) but are average or worse in most meaningful categories. They have the 10th ranked defense in conference play.

The game tips at noon from the Tuck, and will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra. FSU opened as a 13.5 point favorite.