If there was one thing Florida State basketball coach Leonard Hamilton could feel good about following Saturday's blowout loss to Duke – and there wasn't much – it's that, in times of adversity, his team has shown the ability to bounce back from adversity.
Aaron Thomas scored 14 points in FSU's loss to Duke.
Despite ugly, double-digit losses in three of their last five games, the Seminoles have yet to dip below the .500 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play this season, thanks in large part to dramatic home victories over Clemson and Maryland.
That trend will be on the line tonight when the Seminoles visit Georgia Tech (9 p.m., Fox Sports South/ESPN3), a team that has won two of three after dropping its first five conference games.
The Yellow Jackets (12-8, 2-6 ACC) most recently beat a Virginia team that held FSU to just 36 points less than two weeks ago.
“They came into the season with people not having expectations, and I think what they've done is worked hard to try to prove people wrong,” Hamilton said. “They are really, really playing well together. … They're finding themselves, they're doing a very good job.
“They're a little farther along in their cohesiveness than we are.”
The Yellow Jackets have found success without a star scoring, but instead with a balanced attack that features four players at or near double figures. Marcus Georges-Hunt leads the way with 10.4 points per game, but Robert Carter (10.3 PPG), Mfon Udofia (9.7) and Kammeon Holsey (9.6) aren't far behind.
Hamilton, meanwhile, was relieved that guard Ian Miller didn't further injure his foot after tweaking it on Saturday. Miller has been hampered with a bone bruise for much of this season. Hamilton said he expects Miller to be able to contribute the same way he has recently, but he's also been encouraged by the play of freshman guard Aaron Thomas.
Thomas scored a team-high 14 points against Duke and is FSU's most offensively proficient freshman with 6.9 points per game.
“I'm very comfortable with (Thomas) now,” Hamilton said. “He's at that point where he's ready to contribute as much as anybody.”