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FSU To Hold Garnet and Gold Scrimmage on Oct. 14

Jacob Wicinski, Correspondent (JacobWicinskiFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net– The Florida State University men’s basketball team will participate in a Garnet and Gold scrimmage on Oct. 14 at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center at 4 p.m.

The Seminoles will look to carry over their success from last season, which saw them going 23-12 with an Elite 8 appearance, losing to Michigan.

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FSU will have 13 players from last season returning to the team, with seven of these players with 20 or more game appearances.

A reason for their success last year was redshirt junior forward Phil Cofer, who will be one of the five seniors on this year’s team. He would lead the Seminoles last season in points per game (12.8), minutes played per game (29.3) and total points (449). He would also rank second in total rebounds (178) and total field goals made (168).

Terance Mann, a 6’7″ senior guard, looks to be another contributing factor, as another returning as a starter. He would lead last year’s squad in total field goals made (171) and in total rebounds (185), while also coming behind Cofer in points per game (12.6) and place third on the team in field goal percentage.

University of Albany transfer David Nichols will look to play a role in this year’s team. During his three-year career at Albany, he would average 13.8 points per game, 2.8 assists and a field goal percentage of 42.5 percent.

After the Garnet and Gold scrimmage, FSU will partake in two exhibition games, with the first being against the University of West Florida on Oct. 26 and the other being against Valdosta State University on Nov. 1. Their first regular season game will be against the University of Florida on Nov. 6 at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.

Preview: No. 9 FLORIDA STATE VS. NO.4 GONZAGA

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –  The ninth-ranked Florida State Seminoles (22-11) will take on fourth-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs (32-4) Thursday in Los Angeles at the Staples Center at 10 p.m. to advance to the elite eight. 

Both teams are coming off of wins. The Seminoles got a 75-70 win against the top-ranked Xavier Musketeers (29-6). The leading scorer for the Seminoles was senior guard Braian Angola, ending the game with 15 points, six rebounds, two steals and one block. FSU senior forward Phil Cofer contributed 10 points and two steals.

The Musketeers were led by senior guard J.P Macura, ending the game with 17 points, two steals and one rebound. Karem Kunter finished the game with 15 points and six rebounds. 

The Gonzaga Bulldogs beat the fifth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (25-9), 84-90. The leading scorer for the Bulldogs was freshman guard Zach Norvell Jr., ending the game with 28 points, 12 rebounds, two steals and four assists. Sophomore forward Rui Hachimura pitched in with 25 points, five rebounds and four blocks. 

According to the Tallahassee Democrat, the Seminoles and the Bulldogs met back in 2010 in the NCAA tournament, with the Bulldogs coming out on top 67-60.

This is Gonzaga’s fourth consecutive year in the Sweet 16. The Noles are shooting 68 percent from the field, compared to the Bulldogs, who are shooting 50 percent. 

Florida State upsets No.11 Clemson in Overtime Thriller

Alec Chessari, Correspondent (@AlecChessariFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) The Florida State Seminoles men’s basketball team (18-8, 7-7) kept it sweet on Valentines Day by overcoming an 18-point deficit against the No.11 Clemson Tigers (20-5, 9-4) in overtime to win 81-79.

The Seminoles started off sluggish turning the ball over on their first three possessions. The Tigers made sure to take advantage by turning those turnovers into points and gaining an early 10-3 lead with 15:25 remaining in the first half.

“Several of our turnovers were them (Clemson) playing good defense, but about six or seven of those turnovers were just poor decisions we had made” Seminoles head coach Leonard Hamilton said.

Turnovers looked to plague the Seminoles early in the first half with the Tigers scoring 16 points off the Seminoles turnovers.

The Tigers led at half 41-29 behind there 48 percent shooting (13-27) and 44 percent shooting behind the arc (7-16).  Tigers guard Marcquise Reed led all scorers with 14 points in the first half.

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In the second half, the Seminoles came out with a bang led by Phil Cofer’s 17 points.  Cofer was held to only two shots in 15-minutes in the first half and didn’t manage to score.  In the second half, he shot 8-11.

“Trent is an extremely talented player with a high basketball IQ and is extremely competitive as well,” Hamilton said.

Trent Forrest played 31 hard fought minutes off the bench for the Seminoles, shooting 7-11 from the field, nailing two big free throws late in the game and coming up with a block in overtime to secure the win.

“If you all had not said anything I wouldn’t have even known, we are in the middle of an unbelievable conference race right now,” Hamilton said.

While Hamilton is happy to win the overtime thriller against the Tigers, he managed to pick up his 500th win and 300th win at Florida State.  Hamilton is more focused on his team playing better defensively and executing more efficiently.

The Seminoles currently hold the ninth spot in the ACC and look to stay above .500 in conference play when they take on the Pittsburgh Panthers at home on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.

 

 

 

PREVIEW: The Florida State Seminoles host The No.16 Clemson Tigers

Alec Chessari, Correspondent (@AlecChessariFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –The Florida State Seminoles men’s basketball team (17-7, 6-7) have a home conference game against the No.16 Clemson Tigers (20-4, 9-3) on Wednesday at 7 p.m.  While the Seminoles are looking to get back to five hundred in ACC play, the Tigers are looking to stay in second place behind the one loss Virginia Cavaliers in the ACC.

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The Seminoles faced the Cavaliers last Wednesday and jumped out in front early with multiple defensive stops and nailing the three early on.  The Seminoles managed to gain a fourteen-point lead until the Cavaliers battled back in the second half.  The Cavaliers second half adjustments were just enough to keep the Seminoles scoreless from the floor for a span of eight minutes.  The Seminoles fell to the Cavaliers 59-55.

The Tigers are coming off of a blowout conference win against the Pittsburg Panthers, 72-48.  The Tigers will look to keep their senior guard Gabe Devoe hot from behind the arc, where he shot 7 for 11 against the Panthers and is shooting 22 of 34 (65 percent) during their four-game win streak. Devoe will be a key factor for the Tigers if they can pull off the road win against the Seminoles at home.

Another player to watch for the Tigers is Elijah Thomas, a big junior forward looking for rebounds and blocks.  Thomas finished his last game against the Panthers with double-double combing for ten points, eleven rebounds, and three blocks.

Terance Mann, who is averaging 14.9 points a game shooting 58 percent from the floor and grabbing 5.8 rebounds a game, could be a key factor for the Seminoles.  Braian Angola is a threat beyond the arc, shooting 40 percent from three and averaging 14 points and four rebounds.  Phil Cofer, who plays with a lot of energy, is averaging 13.3 points and five rebounds while shooting 50 percent.

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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