Florida State (8-5) at Clemson (8-4)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 5, 4 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000) -- Clemson, South Carolina. Television: RSN. Home Record: FSU 4-4, Clemson 4-2. Away Record: FSU 1-1, Clemson 2-1. Neutral Record: FSU 3-0, Clemson 2-1. Conference Record: FSU 0-0, Clemson 0-0. Series Record: Florida State leads, 31-28.
GAME NOTES: Florida State tries to get itself back into the win column on Saturday when it resumes a five-game road trip against Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both schools at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Florida State, which captured its first-ever ACC championship a season ago, had a four-game winning streak halted on Wednesday with a 78-72 loss to Auburn.
Michael Snaer had 18 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists, but he also committed six turnovers. Terry Whisnant chipped in 16 points in the loss for the Seminoles.
Clemson, meanwhile, was dominant on Tuesday against The Citadel, as Adonis Filer went a perfect 7-of-7 from the floor in netting a game-high 21 points in the Tigers' 92-51 home rout. Damarcus Harrison tacked on 10 points for the Clemson, which has won three of its last four.
Clemson beat the eventual ACC champion Seminoles by 20 points last season and has won 10 of its last 11 meetings with Florida State. The 'Noles, though, still hold a slight 31-28 edge in the overall series.
The Citadel was no match for Clemson in the team's first game of 2013, as the Tigers forced 25 turnovers. Jordan Roper scored 13 points and K.J. McDaniels and Rod Hall contributed nine points apiece in the victory. As has been the case for most of the season, balanced scoring has been the hallmark for this team as Devin Booker (11.3 ppg), McDaniels (11.1 ppg) and Milton Jennings (10.1 ppg) all have their hand in being a primary option on offense. Defensively, this is a unit that has held the competition to just 55.0 ppg on 39.0 percent shooting from the floor.
The Seminoles started their game against Auburn by 10-of-16 from the field, but made just 18-of-42 shots the rest of the way. A bigger problem came at the charity stripe, where FSU converted just 7-of-15. By comparison, Auburn went to the line 41 times and hit 28 shots. Defensively, FSU came up with five steals and five blocks. It marked the sixth consecutive game the 'Noles had earned at least five blocks and as many steals in a game. The Seminoles led the ACC in both blocked shots (6.1) and steals (7.6) last season, and they are looking to become the second team to lead the ACC in both categories in consecutive seasons for the first time in league history.
Snaer, of course, has been the driving force behind Florida State's success this season, as he is averaging 21.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, while shooting .410 from the field and .414 from the 3-point line. He has also scored at least 18 points in four straight games and earned his second double- double of the season and the third of his career the last time out.
Clemson might be in the wrong place at the wrong time in this one. Florida State already had this contest circled on the calendar following its hiccup against the Tigers last season, and will now be even more focused following the loss to Auburn.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Florida State 73, Clemson 65
01/05 10:38:30 ET