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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) Florida State, which moved back into the national rankings this week following a two-week absence, plays host to Miami at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.  The Seminoles and the Hurricanes meet for the first of two times this season as they are scheduled to play on February 24 in Coral Gables.  Florida State enters its game against Miami having won four straight games with victories over NC State, North Carolina, Louisville and Clemson and four of its last five games dating to its 72-59 win over Gardner-Webb on December 21.  The Seminoles are 8-1 at home this season and have won 21 consecutive ACC home games dating back to a 77-68 win over Clemson on January 22, 2019. Following Wednesday’s game against Miami, the Seminoles travel to play at Georgia Tech on January 30 at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta before a scheduled road game at Boston College on February 2.

FLORIDA STATE IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Miami ranked No. 16 in this week’s Associated Press poll and No. 16 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

FLORIDA STATE NAMED THE NATIONAL TEAM OF THE WEEK BY ESPN AND NCAA.COM…
…Florida State was named the National Team of the Week by ESPN.com:  Since the pause, there have been few teams in the nation playing better than Florida State, and the Seminoles cemented themselves as a real threat to win back-to-back ACC titles this week;
…Florida State was named the National Team of the Week by NCAA.com: The Seminoles are back. And are a threat for a Final Four run.  The Seminoles have come out of pause and been the best team in the ACC. That doesn’t seem like that’s going to change one bit.

FLORIDA STATE HAS WON 21 STRAIGHT ACC HOME GAMES
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Miami having won 21 consecutive ACC games at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee.  The Seminoles’ ACC winning streak in their home building began with a 77-68 win over Clemson on January 22, 2019.  Their most recent ACC victory at home came as an 80-61 win over Clemson on Saturday in Tallahassee.  The Seminoles 21-game ACC home-game winning streak is tied for the third longest streak in ACC history.

SEMINOLES’ BARNES NAMED A TOP-10 CANDIDATE FOR THE COUSY AWARD
Florida State freshman Scottie Barnes, the Seminoles’ leader in assists and steals, has been named as one of the Top 10 candidates for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.   Barnes is one of three freshmen from around the nation and one of only two players from the ACC selected as one of the top candidates for the award named for former Boston College and Holy Cross guard Bob Cousy.  Barnes enters Wednesday’s game against Miami at the Donald L. Tucker Center as Florida States’ leader in assists (40 / 4.0 apg) and steals (14 / 1.4 spg) while ranking second in scoring (10.6 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (40 / 4.0 rpg).  He ranks fifth in the ACC in assist:turnover ratio (2.1:1) and seventh in the ACC in assists.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Miami and win its sixth consecutive game against the Hurricanes.  A win would match the Seminoles’ longest winning streak against Miami since winning six straight from February 18, 2009 through February 11, 2012.  Florida State has earned two winning streaks of six games (December 6, 1968-Janaury 6, 1971 and February 18, 2009-February 11, 2012) against Miami in the history of the series which began on December 19, 1950;
…Defeat Miami and win its fifth consecutive ACC game.  A win would mark the Seminole’s fourth ACC winning streak of at least five games in the last three seasons.

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