Cavaliers aim to bounce back against Seminoles
After a winless two-game road stint against ACC foes Virginia Tech and Maryland, the Virginia men's basketball team returns home to John Paul Jones Arena tonight to take on Florida State.\nThe Cavaliers (14-9, 5-5 ACC), who have dropped three straight games, are looking to regain their defensive identity after giving up 85 points against the Terrapins, the most they have allowed all season. Opponents had averaged only 62 points per game against the Cavaliers prior to Monday's matchup, but the Terrapins shot an impressive 70 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from behind the arc during the first half alone, trouncing the Cavaliers 85-66.
Virginia also seeks to improve its offensive performance heading into the season's final stretch. During their last four games, the Cavaliers have been averaging an ACC-worst 60.3 points per game.\nA sixth conference win for the Cavaliers will not be a definite against the Seminoles (18-7, 6-5 ACC), which are tied for fourth in the ACC with Clemson. Much of the Seminoles' success has been tied to their dominant defense, ranked second in the ACC. Florida State's opponents are averaging just 61.2 points per game and shooting a mere 36.9 percent from the field.
The squad enters tonight's matchup having won two out of its last three games, including a 62-47 victory against ACC rival Boston College Sunday. The Eagles' 47 points were the fewest allowed by the Seminoles during a conference game in school history.
Offensively, Florida State plans to rely on up-and-coming freshman guard Michael Snaer to put points on the board against the reeling Cavalier defense. Snaer, who was named ACC Rookie of the Week Monday, tied his career-high of 18 points against Boston College and has averaged 14 points during the Seminole's last two ACC matchups. The rookie is ranked third on the team in scoring and three-pointers made on the season.
After tonight's ACC faceoff, the Cavaliers travel to Clemson and Miami for another two-game road stint before returning to host Duke Feb. 28 at 7:45 p.m.
- compiled by Stacy Kruczkowski