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Virginia at FSU: Preview and Game Thread

What: Virginia Cavaliers (12-11, 3-6 ACC) vs. Florida St. Seminoles (17-7, 7-3 ACC)

Time: 3:00 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 12, 2011
Place: Donald L. Tucker Center
TV: RSN
Radio: Virginia Sports Radio Network

Spread: Vegas: Virginia +12; Pomeroy: Virginia lose by 11
Last Meeting: February 17, 2010; Virginia 50, Florida State 69
Last Time Out: Florida State 72, Georgia Tech 63
Series:Tied 17-17

Virginia once again is struggling to stay above the .500 mark, as the Cavaliers look to stop a 4-game losing streak on the road. The Wahoos have not won in the state of Florida since 2001 -- against Florida State -- which includes 13 games (7 at FSU, 4 at Miami, 1 at USF and 1 in the ACC Tournament at Tampa).

The flip side of the coin is that Florida State is undefeated in ACC play at home, and will be looking to extend this streak to six this afternoon. Junior All-American Chris Singleton has been named to the Naismith Award midseason top 30 watch list and leads the team, averaging 14.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. He has 52 steals and 39 blocked shots on the season.

Florida State's Probable Starters

F
Bernard James So. 8.0 ppg 5.5 rpg 2.2 bpg
F
Chris Singleton Jr. 14.0 ppg 7.4 rpg
1.6 bpg
F
Okaro White So.
5.9 ppg
3.0 rpg
0.5 apg
G
Michael Snaer Jr.
8.4 ppg 2.3 rpg 2.0 apg
G
Derwin Kitchen So. 10.2 ppg 5.8 rpg 3.6 apg

All of Florida State's potential starters are 6'4 or taller, so Virginia will be at a disadvantage size-wise in today's matchup.

Obviously, it will be important to contain Chris Singleton. But at this point, Virginia really just needs to focus on its own game. The Cavs are ranked 304th in points per game and 312th in rebounds per game. At .429, Virginia ranks 217th in the country in field goal percentage, which is going to be a problem considering Florida State ranks atop the country in field goal percentage defense (.361).

Virginia's free throw percentage is abysmal, at .681 and 190th in the country. Against Miami in an overtime decision, Virginia shot only 9-22 (.409).

An ugly game favors Virginia. A low scoring game favors Virginia. At the end of the day, though, it's the Virginia offense that needs to make things happen. The good news is that, at .328, Florida State is not a particularly prolific three-point shooting team, an area Virginia has struggled all season trying to defend.

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