Dec 8, 2013; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton, right, listens to referee Sean Hull in the second half of their game against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Florida State Seminoles beat the Jacksonville State Gamecocks 77-53. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Three things you need to know: Charlotte 49ers @ Florida State


The Niners visit Leonard Hamilton and the Florida State Seminoles tonight. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s three things you need to know before the Charlotte 49ers (7-2) take on the Florida State Seminoles at the Tucker Center tonight at 7pm:

–The Seminoles come into this one at 6-3. Their losses have come to Michigan (in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off), Florida and Minnesota. They could conceivably be 8-1: their losses to the Wolverines and Gators came by a combined three points. At the Tucker Center, they’re 3-0.

–Florida State is led by Ian Miller and Okaro White, who have combined for 28.8 points a game and 9.4 rebounds an outing. Miller, by the way, is leading the team in scoring without a start this season (a la Charlotte’s Shawn Lester). Statistically, the Seminoles are doing it not just with offense (nearly 50% from the floor) but with defense (holding teams to 38.1% shooting and 66.2 points).

–Last season was a disappointment for Florida State as they looked to build on their stunning ACC tournament championship and second round appearance in the NCAA tournament. They only managed to go 18-16 (9-9 in league play) en route to a conference quarterfinal loss to North Carolina and a first round defeat at home against Louisiana Tech in the first round of the NIT. One of their wins was a 79-76 decision against the Niners last December 22 at Time Warner Cable Arena.

–Bonus: The Seminoles are one of two ACC teams the Niners will play this season. Georgia Tech, coming to town on the 29th, will be the second.

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