Florida State Seminoles at Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Florida State Seminoles Preview
History is on the line for the Florida State Seminoles as they visit Notre Dame on Wednesday in an Atlantic Coast Conference showdown. The Seminoles (24-5, 14-4 ACC) have two games remaining, and if they post back-to-back wins, they could earn at least a share of the ACC title. That never has happened in program history, but the Seminoles did see their chances dim when they took a 70-69 loss at Clemson on Saturday, ending their four-game winning streak.
Florida State is led in scoring by Devin Vassell at 12.9 points per game, while Trent Forrest (11.7) and M.J. Walker (10.4) also average in double digits. The Seminoles rank among the nation’s top 10 in blocked shots at 5.4 per game.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Preview
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will look to play spoiler — and strengthen their chances of reaching the NCAA Tournament — when they host Florida State on Wednesday. The Fighting Irish (18-11, 9-9 Atlantic Coast Conference) played the Seminoles tough in the teams’ first meeting, losing 85-84 in Tallahassee on Jan. 25.
Senior forward John Mooney leads the team with averages of 16.8 points and 12.8 rebounds per game, and he could be motivated after coach Mike Brey criticized his upperclassmen this week after an 11-point loss at Wake Forest on Saturday. Mooney has a strong supporting cast in the form of T.J. Gibbs (13.2 points per game), Prentiss Hubb (11.8) and Dane Goodwin (10.4).