Game Preview: Seminoles vs. Virginia

Seminoles play host to Virginia on Thursday at 7:00 at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

Florida State, which has won each of its last two home games against Boston College and Wake Forest, begins a two-game home-stand as it plays host to Virginia at the Donald L. Tucker Center, Thursday night.

The Seminoles' game against Virginia marks its 17th conference game of the regular season as the conference is playing an 18 game schedule for the first time in league history. FSU has played 16 conference games in each of its first 21 seasons in the ACC since joining in the 1991-92 season.

But in anticipation of Pittsburgh and Syracuse becoming members of the ACC for the 2013-14 season, the league's coaches voted to play an 18-game regular season conference schedule beginning this season - one year ahead of the arrival of the Panthers and Orange.

Thursday's game against Virginia marks the second meeting of the season between the two. This season marks just the third time in the last five years that the Seminoles and the Cavaliers have played two games during the regular season.

Following Thursday's game against Virginia, the Seminoles will wrap up the regular season when they play host to NC State on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

SNAER IN ACC'S TOP 10 FOR SCORING; ONLY 25 POINTS SHY OF 1,500 FOR HIS CAREER

All-American Michael Snaer, who is averaging 18.0 points per game over the last five games, enters Thursday's game against Virginia ranked 10th in the ACC in scoring with a career high 14.4 scoring average and with 1,475 career points. He is on the verge of becoming just the 10th player in school history with 1,500 or more points in their career. Snaer begins play against Virginia only five points from surpassing Florida State great Dave Cowens (1,479 career points) for 10th place on the Seminoles' all-time scoring list.

FLORIDA STATE SHOWING IMPROVEMENTS ON THE BOARDS ?

Florida State, with improved rebounding from its guards, has not lost a rebounding battle in any of its last three games and has now finished ahead or even on the boards in four of its last six games. The Seminoles were plus one (33-32) against Virginia Tech (February 24), were a season-high +23 against Wake Forest (February 26), and finished even with North Carolina (March 3).


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