On Wednesday night Florida State returns to the Donald L. Tucker Center for a two-game homestand as it plays host to Maryland at 8:00 p.m. This is the second meeting between the two as they met just three weeks ago in College Park.
After getting beaten handedly by rival Miami on Sunday, Florida State is now 3-3 in ACC play and in in need of a home-win. FSU defeated Maryland in the first meeting this season 65-62. The Seminoles rallied from nine points down in the first half to outscore the Terps 38-26 in the second half and get out of College Park with a win.
However, the Seminoles have struggled inside the friendly confines of the Donald L. Tucker Center this season, with a less than impressive 7-5 home record.
The Seminoles could really use some home-cooking right now after coming off a brutal performance against Miami shooting just 30% from the field. On top of that the Seminoles shot an even worse, 17%, from three-point range.
Okaro White against Maryland on January 9
Junior Okaro White tied his career high with 20 points and blocked a career high six shots in Florida State's win over Maryland on January 5. He scored 16 of Florida State's 38 second half points (.421) as the Seminoles' rallied from as much as a 12-point deficit to top Maryland on the road. White scored 15 consecutive points from the 8:45 mark of the second half to the 2:30 mark of the second half - outscoring Maryland 15-8 and helping the Seminoles recover from a 43-42 deficit to a 57-51 lead. In addition to his career-high tying point total, he pulled down seven rebounds and blocked three of his six blocked shots in the second half as the Seminoles rallied to win the game. Two of his three blocked shots came in the final 3:43 of the game.