Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 3/1/12
Mike Scott and Virginia's senior class are close to reaching the NCAA tournament for the first time. Another milestone for them could happen Thursday night. Scott's class hopes to earn its first victory over No. 22 Florida State when the No. 24 Cavaliers play their home finale. Virginia (21-7, 8-6 ACC) is in its third season under coach Tony Bennett and will likely make its first NCAA appearance since 2007. That was the season before Scott and fellow fifth-year senior Sammy Zeglinski arrived on campus. "I know they really have said it before, they wanna leave the program in a real good spot," Bennett said. "Their desire to finish strong, to hopefully push us into postseason play, all those things would really I think be a great thing for them, and that's why I've said going into senior night you hope we really play with the right kind of passion and focus, all of the things needed to be successful." Scott leads the conference in field-goal percentage at 57.3 while averaging a career-best 16.9 points. He will want to fare better in his final game at John Paul Jones Arena after being held to a season-low six points on 3-of-13 shooting there in Saturday's 54-51 loss to then-No. 7 North Carolina. The 6-foot-8 forward will try to help Virginia end a six-game slide against Florida State (19-9, 10-4). Scott's 8.2 scoring average in five games against the Seminoles is his worst against any ACC foe. "This is their senior night, their last home game," Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton said. "That always becomes an emotional game." Scott's best effort against Florida State came Feb. 4, when he had 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting and 11 boards in a 58-55 road loss. That sloppy contest featured 39 turnovers, with a season-high 20 by the Cavaliers. Virginia averages an ACC-low 11.3 turnovers while Florida State forces an average of 15.8 for the conference's best mark. The season-long problem for the Seminoles, however, has been their ACC-worst 16.5 turnovers per game. They had 18 in Sunday's 78-62 loss at Miami. "We've never been a great passing team, and we've been abominable for turnovers, but we seem to have always kept finding ways to win regardless of our shortcoming," Hamilton said. The Seminoles are seeking to avoid losing three straight ACC games for the first time since Jan. 26-Feb. 3, 2008. They have allowed opponents to shoot 45.8 percent (22 of 48) on 3-pointers in consecutive defeats, normally a strength for Florida State at 30.4 percent. "In both of those games, those teams shot exceptionally well," Hamilton said. "I'm not really sure there was that much different (defensively) in what it has been all year." Florida State's 3-point defense will be keying on Virginia's best perimeter shooter in Joe Harris, averaging 16.5 points in two career matchups. Harris scored 12 points Saturday after totaling 10 over his previous three games while playing with protective padding on a broken left hand suffered Feb. 11 against the Tar Heels. "I think he is more mentally comfortable with it now, but I also think it is physically feeling better because of the time that has elapsed since he injured it originally," Bennett said. The Seminoles can clinch a first-round bye in the ACC tournament with a win while the Cavs are in contention for one as well.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Yankees close to trading Aroldis Chapman

WATCH: Dontrelle Willis' great reaction to Giancarlo Stanton home run

Reports: Sale cut up throwback uniforms with knife in protest

WNBA withdraws fines for teams that protested gun violence

Ezekiel Elliott: ‘Evil NEVER prevails’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Orioles, Padres reportedly talking trades of Melvin Upton, Cashner

Le’Veon Bell reportedly missed ‘several’ drug tests

Report: Islanders looking at locations to build new arena

Top five takeaways from this year's NBA Summer League

NCAA rules that hanging out with Drake is violation

WATCH: Justin Bieber arm wrestle Sixers center Joel Embiid

Report: Royals didn't invite Johnny Cueto to White House visit

Solo not taking any chances with Zika virus while in Rio

Rays reportedly demanding Profar in pitching deal with Rangers

Facebook doesn’t know the difference between Liverpool and Arsenal

Report: Teams asked about Wade Davis, asking price very high

Aussie Rules Football player accidentally kicks, breaks own leg

Former Arkansas football assistant trolls Bobby Petrino on social media

Could Clayton Kershaw's injury hinder trade talks?

Spurs strike a new deal with NBA stalwart Manu Ginobli

George makes return to Team USA following leg injury

Why the Clippers shouldn't break up their big three

White Sox pay homage to Bo Jackson’s bat-breaking skills with bobblehead

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

WATCH: NBA jersey sponsors that need to happen

Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

WATCH: Pop & Timmy have a guys' night out

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker