January 16, 2014

Preview: Round 2 of FSU/UVa

UVa went 1-1 this past week on its only trip to the state of North Carolina during the conference's regular season. After dismantling NC State and winning by 31 in Raleigh, the Cavaliers and their furious comeback attempt fell just short at Duke on Monday night.

After all of that, Virginia sits at 12-5 overall, 3-1 in ACC play heading into a stretch of three consecutive home games that could go a very long way in determining whether the good start will be the foundation for an even better season or if it will all go for naught.

First up is a familiar foe: The Florida State Seminoles. UVa opened up conference play with a win in Tallahassee earlier this month and now, the two league squads will meet for the second time in just two weeks.

Since losing to Virginia on their home floor, the Seminoles have reeled off three straight wins and in many ways, the blowout loss to the Cavaliers has been for the Noles what losing to Tennessee last month proved to be for UVa.

First, FSU traveled to Clemson and handed the Tigers their only league loss to date, winning 56-41 in Littlejohn. On Sunday, the Seminoles drilled Maryland and won by a convincing 85-61 margin. That game was never close and it seemed that the Noles had completely shaken off that bad performance against the Wahoos.

On Wednesday night in Miami, though, Florida State had some struggles, particularly on the offensive end of the floor. Trailing by four at the half in game where they scored just 24 points in the first 20 minutes, the Seminoles made some adjustments at intermission and rolled in the second half, winning by 10 over their in-state rivals.

Now, they'll have a shot at revenge when they travel to Charlottesville on Saturday (Noon, ACC Network) to face UVa.

As we get you set for that showdown, we've taken another look at the Noles and outlined what fans should expect to see go down in John Paul Jones Arena.

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