Florida State, which defeated both Virginia and NC State to close out its regular season, plays Clemson in the first round of the 60th Annual ACC Tournament on Thursday. The game is set to tipoff at approximately 9:30 p.m. but often times it can be much later depending on how the games in front go.
The Seminoles defeated the Tigers twice during the regular season, the first of which opened up ACC play. The 71-66 road victory not only got the Seminoles off to a 1-0 start in conference play, but it also marked the first time FSU had won at Clemson in its previous ten attempts. The defending ACC champs then went on to win three of its first five ACC games of the season.
The second victory over the Tigers came from a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Michael Snaer, something the Noles are going to need in Greensboro if they have any chance of repeating. With a win over Clemson in the first round of the ACC Tournament, the Seminoles would face No. 3 seeded North Carolina in the quarterfinals, for a rematch of last year's ACC Championship game. It would also mark the first time in school history that FSU has defeated Clemson three times in the same season.
Florida STATE ARRIVES IN GREENSBORO AS THE REIGNING ACC CHAMPION ?
Florida State arrives in Greensboro as the reigning ACC Champion after winning its first ever league title last season in Atlanta. The Seminoles defeated Miami (82-71), No. 6 Duke (62-59), and No. 4 North Carolina (85-82) on three successive days to win the championship for the first time in school history.
SNAER SURPASSES 1,500 CAREER POINTS MARK?
Michael Snaer scored 17 points in the Seminoles' victory over NC State and enters Thursday's game against Clemson with 1,506 career points. He became only the 10th player in school history to score 1,500 or more career points. Prior to that, Snaer surpassed Seminole great and NBA legend, Dave Cowens, for 10th place on Florida State's all-time scoring list on Thursday night against Virginia.
In a season that has been largely defined by inexperience and injuries, FSU has been able to capture some momentum heading into the conference tournament. The Noles' closed out the season by defeating NCAA-bound UVA and NC State to show that, perhaps it's all coming together at the right time.
In its most recent win over the Wolfpack, FSU received a huge boost from freshman point guard Devon Bookert. Bookert scored 18 points in the win to end the regular season, and has averaged just less than 10 points per game over FSU's last eight games.
With a bit of new found momentum, FSU hopes to continue its streak in the ACC Tournament and defends its title, which starts tonight against Clemson.