After moving back into the Top 25 following a week-long absence, Florida State is hoping this latest stint will last a little longer.
The No. 23 Seminoles look to win their third straight and keep pace in the ACC on Tuesday night when they visit Boston College.
Florida State (21-6, 8-4) returned to the rankings on Monday after wins over Miami and Virginia Tech. The Seminoles had dropped out of the poll following a 23-point loss to then-No. 7 Wake Forest on Feb. 14 after having made their first appearance in the Top 25 on Feb. 9.
Florida State, part of a three-way tie for second place in the ACC, returned to the national spotlight by bouncing back from an uncharacteristically poor defensive showing against the Demon Deacons.
The Seminoles have one of the top defenses in the conference, holding opponents to 63.9 points on 38.6 percent shooting.
After allowing Wake Forest to score 86 points on 49.1 percent from the field, Florida State beat the Hurricanes 80-67 Wednesday, then forced 16 turnovers and held the Hokies to 42.9 percent shooting in a 67-65 victory Saturday.
Toney Douglas scored 22 points, including a tie-breaking runner with six seconds remaining, while Derwin Kitchen added a career-high 19 on 8-of-11 shooting against Virginia Tech.
Douglas, second in the conference with 20.5 points, was 4-of-9 from 3-point range and also had four assists.
“He’s a very good player,” Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg said of Douglas. “We knew exactly what they were going to do. The kid made a good move and made a good play.”
Florida State’s 21 regular season victories is its most since 1992-93, when the team won 22. The Seminoles hope to reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998.
Boston College (19-9, 7-6), meanwhile, has lost three of four following a five-game winning streak and is coming off a 69-58 defeat to Miami last Saturday.
Joe Trapani scored 17 points and Corey Raji added a career-high 15 rebounds, but the Eagles were unable to respond after falling behind 20-5, trailing by at least eight points the rest of the way. Leading scorer Tyrese Rice, who averages 17.8 points, was held scoreless for the first 16 1/2 minutes before finishing with 11 points on 3-of-15 from the field.
The Eagles were coming off a six-point win at home over then-No. 6 Duke six days earlier in which they shot 58.8 percent. They shot 36.2 percent Saturday.
“I just think they wanted it a little bit more than we did, particularly to start the game,” coach Al Skinner said. “They shot the ball great. You can’t take that away from them. … It took us a while to get started.”
Boston College is 2-4 against ranked opponents, with its other win coming against then-No. 1 North Carolina on Jan. 4. Again, the Eagles struggled to build off the momentum of a big victory over a conference opponent, falling to Harvard after stunning the Tar Heels.
Florida State beat Boston College 66-63 at home last season behind 20 points from Douglas. The Seminoles had lost the previous three meetings since the Eagles joined the ACC, including two in Chestnut Hill.