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Following a surprising setback against Georgia Tech last time out, No. 23 Miami (Fla.) looks to rebound when it visits Florida State on Sunday. The Hurricanes had won four of their last five before the 20-point drubbing at home on Wednesday, leaving coach Jim Larranaga lamenting a Jekyll-and-Hyde showing by his club. “This team probably has the widest range of performance I’ve ever seen,” Larranaga said. “They can be absolutely great one night and you just don’t recognize them the next day.”
The Seminoles needed two overtimes to knock off Wake Forest in their latest outing and with two wins in their last three games, along with a narrow loss to No. 14 North Carolina, coach Leonard Hamilton sees his team maturing in front of his eyes. “They’re growing up. They’re learning. It shows they have ACC potential,” Hamilton told reporters. Freshman Xavier Rathan-Mayes continues to impress for Florida State, finishing with 21 points last time out, including a clutch field goal and free throws that helped seal the win.
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ABOUT FLORIDA STATE (11-10 SU, 9-8-1 ATS, 7-6-2 O/U): While Rathan-Mayes’ emergence is probably the biggest story for the Seminoles this season, Hamilton sees the development of a collective toughness for his team as a great sign as conference play continues. “We have to win games by committee,” said Hamilton. “We’re learning the level we have to play at to compete in the new and improved ACC. This is a rock ’em, sock ’em league now.” Rathan-Mayes is Florida State’s leading scorer, averaging 14.2 points, while Montay Brandon adds 12.7 and a team-high 5.4 rebounds.
ABOUT MIAMI (14-6 SU, 8-10 ATS, 7-5 O/U): Like Rathan-Mayes for the Seminoles, the Hurricanes have been sparked this season by a newcomer to the program in junior guard Angel Rodriguez. A transfer from Kansas State, Rodriguez has burst onto the scene this season running the Miami offense, averaging 13.7 points and a team-high 4.6 assists. After traveling to No. 4 Duke last week and dominating the Blue Devils, Rodriguez made a fan of legendary Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who said, “He not only scored but he controlled the game. It’s one of the best performances I’ve seen in Cameron from an opposing player.”