Mirror Images

Florida State and Wake Forest have both struggled down the stretch. The two teams play tonight with a chance to end the slide.

Florida State and Wake Forest are almost mirror images when it comes to their schedules. The Seminoles come in with a 14-10 record overall and are 5-7 in ACC play. Wake comes in with a 14-10 record overall and are 4-7 in ACC play. Florida State has lost six of their last eight games with the two wins coming against Virginia Tech and Notre Dame. Wake Forest has lost five of their last seven games with the two wins coming against Virginia Tech and Notre Dame.

Wake Forest comes in averaging 70.8 points per game while giving up 69.5. The Demon Deacons do a good job on the boards pulling down 37 per game and also do a good job of limiting turnovers averaging only 12 per game. Sophomore guard Codi Miller-McIntyre leads Wake with 14.4 points and 4 assists per game. Sophomore forward Devin Thomas is a double-double threat with four on the season. He has ten games with eight rebounds or more and four games with thirteen or more on the season. Thomas averages 11.4 points and 8 rebounds per game. Senior forward Travis McKie rounds out the double digit scorers for Wake with 10.8 points per game.

Florida State is led by the trio of Aaron Thomas, Ian Miller, and Okaro White. These three will have to have big games if the Seminoles want to pull out this victory. The Seminoles have a distinct size advantage, but have had trouble rebounding, especially defensively, this season. Boris Bojanovsky and Michael Ojo will be depended on to protect the paint this game as Wake only shoots .320 from the three point line and will look to score inside more often.

Prediction:

Both of these teams have really struggled down the stretch. Both teams need this win to get back on track especially Florida State who plays North Carolina on Monday. The Seminoles have the bigger and more athletic team, but that hasn't translated to wins this season. This will be an extremely close game, but being at home will help out Wake greatly. Florida State forward Okaro White has trouble staying in the game when the Seminoles are on the road. He has fouled out of four of the eight true away games Florida State has played in and averages 3.9 fouls per away game. If White can't stay in the game Florida State will have a tough time getting rebounds. Wake pulls out a close one 68-67 and the Seminoles slide will continue.

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