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Hoops Preview: No. 14 Florida State vs Notre Dame

February 11, 2017
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No. 14 Florida State (21-4, 9-3) at Notre Dame (18-7, 7-5)


Date: February 11
Where: Purcell Pavilion, South Bend, Ind.
Time: 6:00 p.m. ET.
TV: ESPN

Quick Facts

- Wednesday will mark the sixth meeting between the two schools.
- The Seminoles hold a 4-1 advantage in the series.
- With a win, the Irish will have more wins in a three-year period in program history.
- Bonzie Colson leads the ACC with 15 double-doubles.
- Colson needs 19 points to join the 1,000-point club. Steve Vasturia and VJ Beachem joined the club earlier this season.

The Starters

Notre Dame
Matt Farrell: 14.1 PPG, 2.1 RPG and 5.4 APG
Steve Vasturia: 14.0 PPG, 3.6 RPG and 3.3 APG
VJ Beachem: 15.2 PPG, 3.7 RPG and 1.0 APG
Rex Pflueger: 4.7 PPG, 2.3 RPG and 1.7 APG
Bonzie Colson: 16.1 PPG, 10.8 RPG and 1.8 APG

Florida State
Xavier Rathan-Mayes: 10.2 PPG, 3.2 RPG and 4.7 APG
Dwayne Bacon: 17.6 PPG, 3.8 RPG and 1.8 APG
Terance Mann: 8.8 PPG, 4.7 RPG and 2.0 APG
Jonathan Isaac: 13.1 PPG, 7.8 RPG and 1.0 APG
Michael Ojo: 5.3 PPG, 3.6 RPG and 0.2 APG

How They Matchup

(National Rank)
Scoring Offense: Florida State: 84.8 PPG (14) – Notre Dame: 79.0 PPG (57)
Scoring Defense: Florida State: 70.6 PPG (133) – Notre Dame: 69.2 PPG (99)
Rebound Margin: Florida State: 3.2 (89) – Notre Dame: -1.2 (240)
Field-Goal Percentage: Florida State: 49.0% (14) – Notre Dame: 46.5% (80)
Three-Point Percentage: Florida State: 37.4% (81) – Notre Dame: 40.0% (18)
Three-Pointers Made: Florida State: 7.4 (178) – Notre Dame: 9.6 (23)
Free-Throw Percentage: Florida State: 69.6% (174) – Notre Dame: 80.7% (1)
 
Florida State might have only won by three in the first game in January, but they exposed the Irish weaknesses to the ACC. The Noles used length and athleticism to push the Irish away from the basket, but then also controlled the boards.

That has been a recipe for success for opponents against Notre Dame the last three weeks. The Irish have looked to counter with a smaller lineup the last few games, but the true test will be to see how it does against the first-place Seminoles.

Notre Dame will need to rebound on Saturday to have a chance at winning, which has been a theme in the hoops previews since the last meeting. Matt Farrell had six turnovers in the first game and that absolutely can’t happen at home if Notre Dame wants to win.

A plus for Notre Dame is they are well-rested for the first time in a while as they haven’t played since Tuesday. I would also expect Brey to dig deeper into his bench against Florida State. Is that Matt Ryan or John Mooney or more minutes for Torres? That’s anyone’s guess, but he needs to start giving The Big Four a few more breaks as the minutes are quickly racking up for them.
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