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Florida State basketball at Miami: Preview, how-to-watch, Vegas line, game thread

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Mike Olivella

It’s been a few weeks since Florida State crushed Miami in the Tuck. Since then the ‘Noles have gone through a Covid pause and then fought their way to the top of the ACC. Now FSU needs to handle business to stay there, and it starts at Miami (7-13, 3-12).

The Hurricanes, despite having the 3rd most blue-chip recruits on any ACC roster, are a bad basketball team. They managed to beat the Duke Blue Devils at home, but otherwise have lost seven of eight. All but one of the losses were by double digits. Part of the blame is due to injuries, but they should still be better than they are. The Hurricanes are on their way to their 3rd straight losing season. FSU hasn’t had a single losing season in sixteen years.

In this mess, sophomore Isaiah Wong (6-3, 180) has emerged as a star. He’s averaging 16.7 ppg and 5.3 rebounds. Once he improves his 3-pt shooting (34% in conference play) he’ll be a 1st team all conference candidate.

Senior Kam McGusty (6-5, 190) rarely comes off the floor, but has been riddled with poor efficiency all season. Due to pure volume he averages 11.9 per game. He’s had three or more turnovers in five of their past seven.

Senior Elijah Olaniyi (6-5, 205) has been slightly more efficient averaging 11.6 per game.

Overall, they’ve had the worst offense in ACC play, and are 14th in 3-pt% and 10th in turnover%.

Their defense has been slightly better (13th) though they only thing they really excel at is not fouling.

The ‘Canes are currently 165th in the NET, making this a quad 3 game. In other words, not one FSU can afford to drop if they want to keep moving up in the seeding. The Seminoles are currently the last 3-seed according to bracket matrix.

The game tips at 8:30 and will be broadcast on the ACC Network. FSU is favored by 11.5.