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‘Noles vs. Cavs: Hello, Defense

Feb. 3, 2012

 Game Information
 Date  Feb. 4, 2012
 Time  1 p.m.
 Location  Tallahassee, Fla..
 TV  ACC Network/ESPN3.com
 Radio  Seminole IMG Network
 Arena  Donald L. Tucker Center
 Game Notes  FSU vs. Virginia
 Virginia Men’s Basketball
 Location  Charlottesville, Va.
 Nickname  Cavaliers
 2011-12 Record  18-3, 5-2 ACC
 Home/Neutral/Road  11-1/2-1/5-1
 Official Website  VirginiaSports.com
 Virginia ACC Schedule
 Jan. 7  W, 52-51 vs. Miami
 Jan. 12  L, 61-58 at Duke
 Jan. 19  W, 70-38 at Georgia Tech
 Jan. 22  L, 47-45 at Virginia Tech
 Jan. 26  W, 66-49 vs. Boston College
 Jan. 28  W, 61-60 at NC State
 Jan. 31  W, 65-61 vs. Clemson
 Feb. 4  at Florida State
 Feb. 8  vs. Wake Forest
 Feb. 11  vs. North Carolina
 Feb. 14  at Clemson
 Feb. 18  at Maryland
 Feb. 21  at Virginia Tech
 Feb. 25  vs. North Carolina
 March 1  vs. Florida State
 March 4  at Maryland

By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Senior Writer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — If you like defense, you’ll want to be there to see this one — if you can get tickets.

As of Friday afternoon, there were a limited number of tickets for Saturday’s 1 p.m. game between No. 21 Florida State and No. 16 Virginia. Those that watch the Seminoles (15-6, 6-1 ACC) and Cavaliers (18-3, 5-2) clash at the Donald L. Tucker Center will see two of the nation’s premier defensive teams.

FSU, which is currently on a program-record six-game winning streak in league play, ranks in the top five nationally in field-goal percentage defense. UVa is No. 18 in the nation in that particular category and No. 2 nationally in scoring defense.

In addition to those lofty rankings, Virginia is No. 6 in the country in 3-point field defense and No. 17 in scoring margin.

Cavaliers guard Mike Scott is also one of the top players in the country. Scott ranks 19th in the nation in field-goal percentage while leading his team in scoring at 17 points per game.

“They are a program on the rise,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “They are one of the hottest programs in the country now. There’s no question that they are a team that everyone respects.”

Saturday’s game will be the Seminoles’ second in a row at home. FSU is coming off a 68-54 win against Georgia Tech in which the team set that new school record for most league triumphs in a row.

In that game, FSU shot 61.5 percent from the field in the second — its third contest in a row with at least 60 percent shooting in the final frame.

Saturday’s game will air on the ACC Network and live online at ESPN3.com. If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, do so quickly here.

 Stat Comparison  Florida State Virginia
 Scoring Offense 72.4 64.3
 Scoring Defense 62.0 51.1
 Scoring Margin +10.4 13.2
 Rebounding Margin +5.0 +6.2
 FG Percentage .456 .460
 3FG Percentage .335 .344
 FT Percentage .712 .726
 FG Percentage Defense .368 .389
 3-Pointers Per Game 6.0 5.0
 Assists Per Game 12.2 12.6
 Turnovers Per Game 17.1 11.1
 Turnover Margin -0.8 +1.7
 Blocked Shots Per Game 6.4 2.8
 Steals Per Game 8.6 6.4

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