Florida State, the reigning ACC champions, will be taking on a scorching-hot Miami Wednesday night. However, despite their struggles this season, Florida State can pull off the upset at home and hand Miami its first conference defeat.
The Miami Hurricanes are ranked No. 3 in the nation, the highest ranking ever for their basketball program. Their 10 ACC wins are also a school record. However, their 11-game winning streak and perfect in-conference record could come to a screeching halt in Tallahassee.
In college basketball, it's much tougher to get a win away from home. Even though Miami has an 8-1 road record this season, they've lost their last six games played at Florida State.
The last time these two teams played, Miami blew Florida State out of the building, beating them by 24 points. The Seminoles scored only 47 points on 30.8 percent shooting from the field. However, with their NCAA tournament hopes on the line, Florida State will come to play this time.
Florida State's best player, Michael Snaer, did not make an impact in the first meeting. He scored just four points, which is a season-low for him. However, this guy is the team's top scorer and is among the most clutch players in the country. He's won Florida State's last three ACC battles with buzzer-beaters. This guy will have a huge impact in this game with Florida State's hopes depending on him.
Also, Miami's Kenny Kadji may not be as effective tonight as he normally is. Kadji is Miami's second-highest scorer and rebounder, averaging 13.5 and 6.8 respectively. However, he suffered a shoulder injury this week at practice. While he is probable to play in this game, his three-point shooting and physicality could be influenced by a possible nagging shoulder.
Miami is coming off a 26-point demolition against North Carolina and plays a pivotal game against Virginia this upcoming Tuesday. This could be a possible trap game, as they may take a struggling Florida State lightly. However, with a lot of highly ranked teams getting upset this season, there is certainly more than a glimmer of hope for the Seminoles to pull off the stunning win.