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'Noles, Canes meet in ACC clash

They can't afford to dwell on what happened Thursday night.

Because if the Florida State Seminoles' heads are anywhere other than the BankUnited Center in Coral Cables come this evening, their opponent, Miami, is more than capable of handing them another deflating loss.

FSU learned as much during their 64-59 win over UM on Feb. 11, one of the toughest, most physical affairs of either teams' seasons.

The Hurricanes enter tonight's contest (6 p.m., ESPNU) at 16-10, 7-6 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and, including their visit to Tallahassee, have lost three of four.

That stretch, though, includes a loss to North Carolina in which the Hurricanes led by eight in the second half, and a five-point defeat at Maryland that came despite having led at halftime.

In typical fashion, FSU (19-8, 10-3 ACC) leads the ACC in both field goal percentage defense (.392) and, despite falling victim to an air raid from No. 4 Duke, is third in 3-point shooting defense (.372 during conference games.

And this year, the Seminoles have some offense to go along with their stout defending. The Seminoles' 37.2 percentage from 3-point range in conference is tops in the league, and their 45.1field goal percentage is good for No. 2.

Junior guard Michael Snaer is still FSU's top scoring threat with an average of 13.7 points per game, while center Bernard James (10.5 points per game, 8.3 rebounds per game) and Ian Miller (10.3 ppg) aren't far behind him.

Kenny Kadji (13.0 ppg), Durand Scott (12.9), Malcolm Grant (11.4) and Reggie Johnson (10.6) all average double figures for the Hurricanes, who are searching for their first victory over FSU since the 2008-2009 season. The Seminoles can clinch their third consecutive sweep of Miami with a win today.

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