The Atlantic Coast Conference standings say that tonight's contest between No. 15 Florida State and Boston College is matchup of the league's first and worst.
Bernard James and FSU will look to extend their winning streak to eight in ACC play tonight.
In his typical fashion, though, FSU coach Leonard Hamilton doesn't see it that way. The Eagles have stumbled their way to a 7-16 overall record this season, are just 2-7 in ACC play and are in the midst of a six-game losing streak. But Hamilton looks at BC and sees a competitive team that has lost a number of close contests.
“You look up and watch the film of the games they are playing, a lot of those games are in doubt, going down to the wire,” Hamilton said. “I was watching their Virginia game and the score was 44-44 with nine minutes to go in the game. We fought Virginia, too, for that victory.”
BC has kept it close in its last two contests, falling at Georgia Tech by four and to North Carolina State by five. The Eagles also own victories over Clemson and Virginia Tech.
“We realize they might be a young team, but they are on the road (in the loss) against Virginia and the game is in doubt so they have played good basketball,” Hamilton said. “They are growing up and they are talented and well-coached. We have to be at our best in order to be successful.
Florida State, meanwhile, is in the midst of its best ACC start in school history. The Seminoles are tied for first place in the league with North Carolina*, and this year marks the deepest into a season that FSU has been atop the standings since 1992-93.
*FSU technically owns the tiebreaker over UNC via their 90-57 win over the Heels in January. UNC and Duke play at 9 p.m., tonight. Wins by FSU and Duke would give the Seminoles sole possession of first place.
The Seminoles have not lost a game in more than a month – their last loss came Jan. 7 – and can extend their school-record ACC winning streak to eight with a win tonight.
FSU's No. 15 ranking is its highest since 1998, but senior center Bernard James said that now is not the team for the team to be eyeing the polls.
“It's nice, but rankings don't really a lot for you unless you keep winning,” James said. “We've just got to finish out the rest of the season strong and once we're done playing we can go back and look at what our rankings are. We can't buy into that too much.”
Junior guard Michael Snaer has led the Seminoles with 15.1 points per game during their seven-game winning streak. James (11.3 ppg, 8.4 rpg) and senior guard Deividas Dulkys (10.3 ppg) are also averaging double figures.
6-5 guard Matt Humphrey leads Boston College's offensive effort with 10.1 points per game.