Virginia Cavaliers at Florida State Seminoles
Virginia Cavaliers Preview
The reigning national champion Virginia Cavaliers have run into rough times, coming into this game with back-to-back losses for the first time since February 2017, dropping out of this week’s AP poll and hunting for any semblance of offense. Through Monday’s games, only two teams in the country had a lower scoring average than the Cavaliers, who are at 55.7 per game.
They shot a season-worst 31.3 percent on Saturday in a 63-55 overtime loss to Syracuse and are making 27.6 percent of their 3-point tries for the season. Stingy defense and a snail’s pace remain hallmarks of Tony Bennett’s squad, but more tough times could be ahead with two matchups against Florida State in two weeks.
Florida State Seminoles Preview
The Florida State Seminoles carry a seven-game winning streak, including a 13-point win at Louisville, into this matchup against Virginia, which lost to FSU in last year’s ACC tournament before marching to the national title. The Seminoles are tall, long and deep, sending waves of athletes at opponents and ranking in the top 30 in offensive and defensive efficiency, per kenpom.com.
Florida State’s four ACC victories have all come by double digits, with sophomore guard Devin Vassell leading a balanced scoring effort at 12.3 points per game. Senior guard Trent Forrest is next at 12.2, followed by junior guard M.J. Walker (11.6). Florida State is 8-0 at home.