Florida State and Wake Forest both are searching for some consistency as the teams prepare to meet on Tuesday night in Winston-Salem, N.C.
After not playing a game for 16 days, Florida State (7-4, 1-1 ACC) picked up its first Atlantic Coast Conference win of the season on the road against North Carolina State on Saturday.
Florida State put together one of its best offensive performances of the season in the 83-81 road victory, led by Malik Osborne's 19 points. The Seminoles shot 50.9 percent from the field and also were propelled by a career-high 14 points from Cam'Ron Fletcher as well as 13 points each from Matthew Cleveland and Caleb Mills.
"I was surprised we were as cohesive as we were under those circumstances," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "This is a big game for us. Hopefully it will give us a little confidence and give us an idea of what it's like playing against a very challenging team on the road."
The Seminoles, who picked up their first road win of the season, will look to make it three consecutive wins when they visit Wake Forest, which is seeking to avoid a three-game losing streak.
The Demon Deacons (11-3, 1-2 ACC) will return home after back-to-back conference road losses to Louisville and Miami. Wake Forest trailed throughout Saturday's 92-84 loss to the Hurricanes despite Jake LaRavia leading the way with 19 points on 9-of-13 shooting.
The Deacons' defense was torched by Miami, which shot 61.5 percent from the field and went 9-for-18 from 3-point range. Louisville also shot well from beyond the arc against Wake Forest, burying 10-of-22 attempts.
Wake Forest was solid offensively against Miami, shooting 54.7 percent and finishing with five players scoring in double figures.
Alondes Williams, who scored 15 points, leads Wake Forest with averages of 20.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game.
"I knew coming in here we'd have a hard time defending them, but didn't think we'd have this hard of a time," Wake Forest coach Steve Forbes said. "We just never could get them under control."
--Field Level Media