CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - FEBRUARY 22:  Darion Atkins #5 of the Virginia Cavaliers and Michael Ojo #50 of the Florida State Seminoles fight for a loose ball during a college basketball game at John Paul Jones Arena on February 22, 2015 in Charlottesville, Virginia.  The Cavaliers won 51-41.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Florida State Looking for Strong Showing in Greensboro for ACC Tournament

The Florida State Seminoles will be looking to surprise a few teams in the 2015 ACC Tournament.  After winning the tournament in 2012, Florida State will look to recapture the tournament once again this year.  Currently seeded at number nine in the tournament, the Seminoles will first take on number eight Clemson on Wednesday night.  It will certainly be an up hill battle for the 8-10 Seminoles who finished eight games behind the leaders Virginia in conference play.

The ACC Tournament will take place in Greensboro, NC starting on Tuesday, March 10th.  Tickets for the Wednesday night contest between Clemson and Florida state are going for an average of $116.65 with a get-in price of $17.

After losing to #17 Louisville at the end of February, the Seminoles rebounded well on their senior day against Pitt.  A 61-52 win boosted their spirits as they could go into the postseason on a high note.  The key players for Florida State have been their two guards, Aaron Thomas and Xavier Rathan-Mayes.  Thomas, a junior, has been their leading scorer, averaging 14.8 points per game.  The freshman, Rathan-Mayes, has also been a great scorer but his contribution as a passer has been outstanding.  He averages 14.4 ppg and a team-high 4.4 assists per game.   Despite not having the best scoring offense in the country, Florida State boasts one of the best shooting percentages in the country.  Their ability to take high percentage shots has helped them advance into the postseason.

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If they are able to get past Clemson, who they beat on the road and lost to at home, then they will advance to take on the number one seed in Virginia on Thursday.  Virginia, the conference champions and current number two team in the nation, defeated the Seminoles convincingly in their only matchup this season. This undoubtedly tough matchup would be followed my games against other powerhouses like Duke, Notre Dame and Louisville.  There is a long way for Florida State to go if they want to make it to the ACC Tournament finals on Saturday, March 14th.

 

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