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Florida State senior forward Shakayla Thomas name added to the Wooden award list

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –The John R. Wooden award is usually given annually to the most outstanding men’s and women’s college basketball players. The award’s preseason top-30 list was presented on ESPN and the Lady Noles senior forward Shakayla Thomas was one of the names on there. This list is chosen by the members of the preseason poll of national woman’s college basketball.

Through two preseason games, Thomas leads the Seminoles with 19.5 points per game while shooting 52.9 percent from the floor. Last week, the Seminoles took on Jacksonville State and won 75-51. In that game, Thomas had 27 points and six rebounds. This week the Lady Noles will play an away game against the Florida Gators on Friday at 7 p.m.

Florida State Heads To The Jamaica Classic Tournament

Ashley Van Slyck, Correspondent (@AVanSlyckFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Jamaica Classic Tournament will debut as the newest college basketball preseason tournament November 17, 2017. The games will all be played in the Montego Bay Convention Centre, Jamaica beginning Friday, November 17 and lasting until Sunday, November 19.

The event is being collectively hosted by Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment, the Jamaica Tourist Board, the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sport, and SMG.

The seven participating teams include; Florida State University, Miami University, Liu Brooklyn, Colorado State, Fordham University, Tulane University, and University of Hartford. No team competing in the tournament is ranked in the top 25.

A total of eight games will be played in a battle to win the first Jamaica Classic Tournament. Each team will play either two or three games total. Six of the eight games will be nationally aired by CBS Sports.

The tournament will open with Colorado State against Tulane, 2p.m. EST on November 17.

The Florida State Seminoles will first play Fordham University on November 17 at 6 p.m. The Seminoles will play again on November 19 against Colorado State at 5 p.m. Both Florida State games will be nationally aired to watch.

The intended annual event will conclude with the final game of the tournament will be played November 18, 2017 at 12 a.m., Miami University v Liu Brooklyn.

The hosts of the Jamaica Classic Tournament are hoping to establish the tournament as a premier pre-season destination for the future. The tournament is also hoped to attract sports fans worldwide and promote the Island, adding to Jamaica’s view as a sports destination.

Lady Seminoles open season against North Florida

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –The Florida State Lady Seminoles basketball team will host North Florida in their season opener on Friday at the Donald Tucker Center at 7 p.m.

The Seminoles enter this season No. 18 in the woman’s basketball AP rankings.

In last week’s exhibition game, Florida State took on Columbus State and won by a score of 102-49. Senior forward Shakayla Thomas had 21 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Nikki Ekhoma was 8-of-13 with 17 Points and eight rebounds. Redshirt senior guard Imani Wright contributed with 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Redshirt guard AJ Alix, who is a transfer, also contributed with eight assists and 12 points and senior center Chatrice White had 13 points, eight rebounds and four blocks.

The Lady Noles shot 56.3 percent and 46-of-71 from the floor, including 8-of-17 from 3-point range.

FSU No. 8 in preseason poll

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State men’s basketball is projected to finish eighth in the Atlantic Coastal Conference for the 2017-18 season, based on a preseason media poll conducted as part of ACC Media Day
this week in Charlotte.

This projection is coming on the heels of their winningest regular season in program history at 26-9. Last year, the same poll also had FSU finishing eighth. They wound up finishing second in the ACC, behind a 12-6 conference record.

The Noles return only one starter from last year’s team, junior Terrance Mann. FSU lost five total players from last year, including three key contributors to the draft. They look to bolster their lineup with fresh faces, including five-star freshman guard M.J. Walker. Walker finished fourth in ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year voting, earning two first-place votes.
Here is the complete poll:
1. Duke
2. North Carolina
3. Notre Dame
4. Miami
5. Louisville
6. Virginia
7. Virginia Tech
8. Florida State
9. Georgia Tech
10. Syracuse
11. Wake Forest
12. NC State
13. Clemson
14. Boston College
15. Pittsburgh

Season Preview: Florida State Basketball

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State Seminoles men’s basketball team are coming off its winningest regular season in school history at 26-9. They were also the first FSU team to ever go undefeated at home. However, with a disappointing early 2nd round tournament exit, they’re looking to build off last year and get back to form.

 
With five players either graduating or declaring for the draft, it’ll be no easy task. Freshman Jonathan Isaac, sophomore Dwayne Bacon, and redshirt junior Xavier Rathan-Mayes all left to go to to the NBA. Seniors Michael Ojo and Jarquez Smith both graduated and went undrafted. With the three drafted players gone, they lose an average of 39.2 points per game. They also lose three guys who could create plays on the court for the offense that was third best in points per game in the ACC.

Perhaps the biggest addition for this Florida State team is shooting guard M.J. Walker. Walker is a five-star freshman out of Jonesboro, Ga, and will likely make an immediate impact on the perimeter. He was the fourth-ranked shooting guard in the nation according to 247 Sports. At 6’5 and 205 lbs., he already has the frame to match up against the defenders of the ACC.

The Seminoles are also bringing in four four-star recruits, center Ikechukwu Obiagu, power forwards RaiQuan Gray and Wyatt Wilkes, and shooting guard Anthony Polite.

Although the Seminoles lost a few key players, they return some that could keep the offensive firepower strong. Junior shooting guard P.J. Savoy, who led the team in 3-point field goal percentage last year with 40 percent, looks to be the main shot-taker this season. Savoy played limited minutes, but was extremely efficient on offense, scoring .68 points per minute. This was more efficient than either Isaac, Bacon, or Rathan-Mayes.
With the loss of long-time center Michael Ojo, the Seminoles look to plug the post with junior Christ Koumadje. Although Koumadje isn’t as wide as Ojo, he’s 7’4″, three inches taller than Ojo. Koumadje is another efficient scorer who looks to get more shots this year, as he led the team last year with a .654 field goal percentage.

If there is one thing the Seminoles need to improve, it’s their free-throw percentage. Last year, they made only 69 percent of their free-throws, which ranked 217 in the nation.
The Seminoles begin their season at home on Nov. 14 against George Washington University.

Seminoles Survive and Advance

Andrew Miller, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State survived a late surge by Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday night, winning their first game in the NCAA Tournament since 2012.

The Seminoles (26-8) used their collective size to alter shots all night, producing nine blocks over the course of the game to overcome poor foul shooting at the end.

“We’ve been a team that contests shots and changes shots all year long. It’s a part of who we are,” Coach Leonard Hamilton said after the game.  

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Noles Earn No. 3 Seed In the Big Dance

Andrew Miller, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Following a historic season, Florida State has been selected to participate in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament for the first time since 2012.

The Seminoles (25-8) are slotted as a No. 3 seed in the West Region, and will face off against Florida Gulf Coast (26-7) on Thursday, March 16 in Orlando.

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Florida State Ends Their Regular Season Unbeaten At Home After Beating Miami

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent (@JordanPandyFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State beat rival Miami to secure their first unbeaten season at home since 1976. Dwayne Bacon made some clutch baskets near the end of the game to seal the deal and finished with a game-high 23 points.

The Seminoles (24-7, 12-6) had an 11-point lead with four minutes left in the game, but the Canes got the game tight in the final stretch. Some clutch free throws from Bacon, and some missed free throws from Miami (20-10, 10-8) helped the Seminoles secure the win.

“We made some shots and were obviously able to keep them at bay,” said Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton. “We hit some key free throws down the stretch. I thought Jarquez gave us good play. Obviously Dwayne came up big today.”

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FSU Women Finish Their Last Regular Season Home Game With a Win Over Pittsburgh

Emma Vargas, Correspondent (@EmmaVargasFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The FSU women’s basketball team played their last regular season home game with a sound win over the Pittsburgh Panthers 79-48. The evening was especially significant for the team’s seniors, who celebrated this victory on their senior night and added to the team’s record of winning five consecutive senior night games. Seniors Gabby Bevillard, Brittany Brown, Kai James, Leticia Romero, and Ivey Slaughter were recognized in a special ceremony with their families and Coach Sue Semrau before the start of the game.

The revered seniors certainly earned the attention and celebration they received tonight. They are the winningest team in the program’s history, with 103 wins overall and 50 ACC wins, the first team ever to accomplish this feat. For their third straight season, they have thus far held all of their opposing teams to under 60 points.

Tonight, these seniors also performed well individually. Three of the five scored in the double digits, with Romero’s points all coming from three-pointers. The team could consistently count on Romero, Brown, and junior Chatrice White to get points on the board during dry spells.

Coach Semrau had nothing but praises for seniors’ and the rest of the team’s performance.

“Working hard is the culture that these guys have created,” said Semrau. “They’re contagious in that they make everyone follow their lead. The way they’ve worked has set the standard and is part of our culture now.”

The Seminoles (25-4, 13-2) maintained a comfortable lead over Pittsburgh (13-15, 4-11) throughout the game. They made a strong statement in the second quarter when the FSU defense only allowed six Panther points for that quarter and 17 points overall as they headed into the half. The second quarter also saw a 14-1 run by Florida State, with even contributions among its players. Brown finished the half with a dramatic buzzer-beater three-pointer.

Pittsburgh’s scoring woes continued into the second half, although to a lesser degree. Throughout the game, they experienced many missed shots of all sorts and appeared discombobulated altogether. One exception to this was forward Brenna Wise, who scored 22 of her team’s 48 points. This, however, was not enough to close the Seminole’s 21-point lead at the beginning of the next half.

Both the third and fourth quarters contained dry spells from scoring that each lasted up to several minutes between both teams. Slaughter made significant contributions to her team’s points in the third quarter, and as usual served as a dependable playmaker in this game. The final quarter also had a series of three-pointers between Brown and Romero. In the final minute and 18 seconds, the seniors walked off their court for the last time in their careers, leaving the team’s younger players to finish the game.

“Mental toughness, personal growth, community service, and sisterhood are things which I developed and will carry with me from my time at Florida State,” senior Ivey Slaughter explained after the game. “Coach Sue encourages us to make positive impacts in people’s lives.”Both teams will move on to ACC Tournament play on Sunday. Pittsburgh will face Syracuse at

Both teams will move on to ACC Tournament play on Sunday. Pittsburgh will face Syracuse at 2 pm, while FSU travels to play at Notre Dame at 1 pm. In this, FSU is seeking to win its first ever ACC championship.

Florida State Men’s Basketball Pushes Home Winning Streak to 20 After Handling Boston College

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – No. 19 Florida State stopped a 2-game skid with a 104-72 victory over the Boston College Eagles.

After being shutout in his last game against Pittsburgh, and snapping a 35-game double-digit scoring streak, Dwayne Bacon redeemed himself with a team-high 16 points. In the second half, one of Bacon’s four three-pointers brought to the 1,000 point mark for his career. He is the 46th Seminole to accomplish the feat.

Coach Leonard Hamilton said that his performance against Pitt wasn’t a cause for concern.

“You’re going to have one of those days,” said Hamilton. “He just scored 1,000 points as a sophomore, so I mean, he knows what he’s doing on the court.”

FSU (22-6, 10-5) got out to a comfortable 55-31 lead at the half after shooting an impressive 54% from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, they held BC (9-19, 2-13) to 26% from three, and 32% on all field goals.

FSU also had a huge advantage from their bench, who outscored BC 59-2. PJ Savoy lead all FSU bench players with 15 points, going 4-for-9 from the field and 3-for-8 from three.

Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who came into the game with the third best assist-to-turnover ratio in the ACC, lead the Seminoles with 10 assists and zero turnovers. On the defensive side of the ball, he really impressed BC coach Jim Christian.

“Mayes is one of the best ball pressure guards in the league,” said Christian. “He doesn’t get enough credit.”

With the win, FSU has won its 20th straight home game, and 17th home game of the year, which sets the school record for most home wins in a single season.

The Seminoles go on the road to play Clemson on Saturday, Feb. 25 and Duke on Tuesday the 28 before returning home for the last game of the regular season against Miami on March 4.

Game Preview: No. 6 Florida State Seminoles host Clemson Tigers on Saturday

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFs on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State women’s basketball team (23-4 ,11-3 at home) will face off against the Clemson Tigers (14-13, 3-6 on the road) on Saturday afternoon February 18 at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

Both teams are coming off a lost. Florida State is coming off a 51-60 lost against Virginia. Clemson is coming off a 84-80 lost against Notre Dame. Both teams will be looking to earn  a win. 

During FSU’s last game against Virginia, junior forward Shakayla Thomas suffered a shoulder injury in the third quarter, her return is questionable for Saturday’s game. 

Thomas is FSU’s top scorer, who averages 15.2 points per game. She has 11 points before leaving the game Thursday night. 

Last season, Florida state defeated the Lady Tigers 75-56.

The Florida State Seminoles are 72.3 in PPG, 46.3 in FG% , 71.5 in FT% and 37.2 in 3pt %.

Clemson Tigers is 75.3 in PPG , 45.2 in FG%, 71.6 in FT%  and 36.1 in 3PT%.

Both teams are coming off a surprising lost and both are looking for a much needed win.

Sports Brief: FSU Lands No. 2 Seed In NCAA Preliminary Rankings

Andrew Miller, Correspondent

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Selection Committee released its preliminary projections for the top-16 overall seeds on last Saturday, February 11. Its list includes Florida State (21-5) as a No. 2 seed (sixth overall) in the Midwest Region behind No. 1 seed Kansas.

The two-seed would be the highest seed that the Seminoles have ever locked up heading into the NCAA tournament, having had the three-seed three times prior (1992, 1993, 2012). This also marks the first time that the committee has released a preluding look into their selection process, similar to how the College Football Playoff Selection Committee releases its results on a weekly basis.

With plenty of depth, experience and talent rounding out the end of the bench, many people are claiming this is the best basketball team that Florida State has ever suited up. Coach Leonard Hamilton and the Noles will look for leadership from veterans like Xavier Rathan-Mayes and Dwayne Bacon as the stakes get continually higher into March, but the team will also need younger players like freshman Jonathan Isaac to leave their mark on some games to beat the powerhouses that the Noles will inevitably face.

After learning that they had earned the sixth overall seed in the committee’s eyes, the Noles dropped a road game to a Notre Dame team that is now ranked No. 25 in the country, ultimately causing the Noles to drop three spots to 17 in the latest AP poll. They will look to avenge the loss and defend their seeding on Saturday, February 18th, when they travel to Pittsburgh.