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FSU men hope to slow down Maryland

For a team that's been as up and down as Florida State has this season, a visit to Maryland hardly seems like a recipe for success.

Florida State has never won at Maryland under Leonard Hamilton.

The Seminoles have visited Maryland seven times under Leonard Hamilton's tenure. And they've lost all seven meetings.

Then again, maybe things are ripe for change. After all, FSU is coming into the contest off of a 71-66 victory at Clemson, and the Seminoles had won their just once
before last weekend.

“Overall, going on the road and winning a road game in the ACC, regardless of who you're playing, I think it gives us a little bit of confidence,” Hamilton said. “We've got to turn it up a notch as we moved toward Maryland because they might be one of the hottest teams in the country right now.”

Indeed, after dropping a 3-point decision to Kentucky in the season-opener, the Terrapins have reeled off 13 consecutive wins, including a 94-71 rout over Virginia Tech its most recent time out.

Florida State (9-5, 1-0 ACC) will be challenged for Maryland center Alex Len, a 7-foot-1 sophomore who projects as a first-round draft choice.

Len's 13.5 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game are both team bests.

“They're on a roll right now, but I think our team needs that type of challenge,” Hamilton said. “We need to go on the road, playing in a hostile environment against a team that's hot so we can find out what it's like, this early in the season, playing in the ACC.

“So it can't do anything but help us, we just want to make sure we go up and win the game while we're learning.”

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