Men's Basketball: Notre Dame vs. Florida State preview capsule

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WHO: Notre Dame (11-7; 2-5 ACC) vs. No. 5 Florida State (16-2; 6-1).

WHERE: Donald L. Tucker Center (12,100), Tallahassee, Fla.

WHEN: Saturday at 8 p.m.

TV: ACC Network.

RADIO: WSBT (960 AM/96.1 FM).

ONLINE: Follow every Notre Dame game with live updates from Tribune beat writer Tom Noie at

NOTING: Sophomore guard Devin Vassell had 23 points with 11 rebounds and junior guard M.J. Walker added 19 points in an 83-79 overtime victory over Miami (Fla.) on Jan. 18. The Seminoles forced 24 turnovers in a game that featured 17 ties and seven lead changes. … Vassell shared league player of the week honors this week. … The Seminoles are one of six repeat league opponents. ... Florida State has won nine straight and 16 of 17 since a December loss at Indiana. The Seminoles opened the season with a loss at Pittsburgh. … Florida State is ranked inside the top five of the Associated Press poll for the second time in school history and first time since December 1972. The Seminoles were not ranked to start the season. … Florida State returned two starters off last year’s team that went 29-8, 13-5 and fourth place in the ACC. The Seminoles were picked this preseason to finish fifth in the league. They’re currently in second. … They’re 3-0 at home in league play and 10-0 at home overall. … Florida State has only one player in the league’s top 25 for scoring (Vassell, 20th, 13.2 ppg) and minutes (James Forrest, 19th, 32.0 mpg.). … Ten Seminoles average at least 10 minutes per game. The Irish carry only eight available scholarship players. … Florida State leads the ACC in turnover margin (5.33) and free throw percentage (.763). … The Seminoles have won at least 23 games each of the last three years. Their 29 wins last season was a school record. … Irish power forward John Mooney leads all active players in the country with 35 career double doubles for points and rebounds. His 12 straight is a school record. ... Irish guard T.J. Gibbs ranks second in the ACC in conference games for field goal percentage (.563), 3-point field goal percentage (.528) and free throws (.880). ... Florida State leads the all-time series 5-4, 4-0 in Tallahassee and 4-3 as ACC colleagues. Last year’s 68-61 win by Florida State snapped a three-game Notre Dame win streak. … The Irish are 2-2 on the road in ACC play. … Notre Dame is winless in its last 18 games against ranked teams (0-3 this season) since its last victory over a ranked team in November 2017.

QUOTING: “I think we’ve got to start the game differently. We’ve got to change it up, change our starting lineup. I don’t know who we start, but I think we’ve just got to do something different. When you’re searching, you just change it up to change it up.” — Irish coach Mike Brey.

—Compiled by Tom Noie

Notre Dame will need a big game from senior power forward John Mooney and several others Saturday to upset No. 7 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium.