Florida State ACC tournament preview

J.P. GiglioMarch 8, 2012 

No. 3 Seed

21-9 overall, 12-4 ACC

vs. Miami-Georgia Tech winner, 9 p.m., Friday, WRAL, ESPN2

Starting lineup

G Luke Loucks 6.2 ppg, 4.0 apg

G Michael Snaer 14.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg

G Deividas Dulkys 6.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg

F Bernard James 10.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg

F Xavier Gibson 7.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg

Counting on a big weekend from: Ian Miller. The sophomore guard has been a revelation on offense since coming back from an academic suspension, averaging 10.8 points in 19 games. With FSU's defensive tenacity, his production goes a long way.

Number to know: 0. ACC tournament wins since the Seminoles reached the 2009 championship game in Atlanta. Florida State has lost consecutive quarterfinal games to N.C. State (2010) and Virginia Tech (2011).

Hotlanta or Notlanta?: Hot. FSU is the only ACC team capable of both beating any team in the league and losing to any team in the league. Still, the Noles have a had a charmed season (see: buzzer-beaters against Duke, Virginia Tech and UVa) and they should be in for a good postseason run, both this weekend and next in the NCAA tournament.

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