Tag Archives: Florida State Basketball

Preview: No.13 Seminoles Host No.1 Duke

Brandon Halas, Correspondent (@BrandonHalasFS on Twitter) TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)– The No.13 Florida State Seminoles men’s basketball team (13-2, 1-1) host the No.1 Duke Blue Devils (13-1, 1-0) today at 2 pm. The Seminoles look to add another accolade to their already impressive start to the season.

franchisesport | Franchise Sports Tallahassee

In their last outing, Florida State beat the Miami Hurricanes 68-62. The Seminoles were led by senior guard David Nichols as he put up 13 points, 3 assists, and a rebound off the bench. The bench was the story of the game, outscoring Miami’s 41-10. The win was Florida State’s first ACC win of the season and a nice bounce back off of the Virginia loss last Saturday.

Duke comes into this game off of a blowout performance against Wake Forrest 87-65. The Blue Devils were led by their star freshmen Zion Williamson (30 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists) and RJ Barrett (21 points, 7 assists, and a rebound). It was their eighth straight victory and first inside of the ACC conference.

Keys to a Seminole victory includes the deposition of stopping Zion Williamson. On the season the future star averages 20.2 points and 9.5 rebounds a game. Zion also ranks twenty-second on double doubles this season with seven. Limiting bad shot attempts is a must for Florida State’s offense as Duke ranks fifth in defensive field goal percentage (37.1%).

Florida State have found themselves on the losing end in this series with Duke (9-37). However, the Seminoles have won their last three against when Duke is ranked as the AP No. 1 team dating back to the 01-02 season. It is eight years to the day of the last occurrence of this when the Seminoles beat the Blue Devils 66-61.

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.

franchisesport | Franchise Sports Tallahassee
By fsunews.com

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.

Dwayne Bacon Leads the Noles to a Victory Over Charleston Southern to Start the Basketball Season

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent (@JordanPandyFS)

Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State registers their first regular season victory beating the Charleston Southern University Buccaneers 88-67. Dwayne Bacon was close to a double-double, leading the Seminoles in scoring with 23 points and nine rebounds.

The game was a showcase of young talent as first-time players averaged almost 18 minutes played. Jonathan Isaac led freshmen in scoring, recording 10 points in 23 minutes; he also tacked on three steals. Even the opposition praised Isaac’s performance.

“Jonathan is going to be something,” said CSU head coach Barclay Radebaugh. “That’s something to behold out there – you don’t see that too often this side of the NBA.”

The Seminoles did win by a comfortable margin, but the defense looked questionable at times; especially when the young players were on the court.

“We had some breakdowns,” said head coach of the Seminoles Leonard Hamilton. “I think tomorrow when we debrief it’ll show some of the obvious mistakes in terms of the rotations we made. We teach our guys to always get to the level of the ball when the ball is penetrating. But when one guy is there, everyone else can stay sound. But tonight, sometimes we had three guys all in one spot trying to stop the ball.”

Historically, Florida State basketball has been known for defense, and it seems like they are emphasizing good defense and effort this year. The Seminoles gave the Buccaneers a couple of different looks on defense but struggled with ball penetration. Hamilton does not necessarily see the rotation mistakes as too much of a negative though.

“That’s good from their energy and effort standpoint, but it wasn’t very good from a fundamental standpoint,” said Hamilton. “They were able to get weak side jump shots because we fundamentally didn’t execute defensively”

Speed is something the Noles seem to be focusing on on the offensive end. Florida State outscored Charleston Southern 18-4 on fast break points. A lot of the breaks can be attributed to the freshmen and the use of a deep bench. Talented freshmen like CJ Walker and Trent Forrest, combined for 11 points, can come off the bench and gives guards rest so they can give full effort while on the court.

“The ability for us to have guys who can come in during spells and critical parts of the game, where you can bring CJ Walker in, or Trent Forrest can come in and give him [Rathan-Mayes] some rest,” said Hamilton. “I think those guys have the ability to give us good energy. I thought CJ’s effort in the first half was infectious.”

The young players for the Seminoles really stepped up, freshmen combining for 26 points, but the team still needs everyone to contribute to win – and everyone did. All 11 players that played registered at least one field goal and at least one rebound. The balanced attack and the any given man mindset will make the Noles a threat this year. Today it was Bacon’s day, but it could, literally, be anybody the next game.

The Seminoles will be looking to start a winning streak with their opponent the Iona Gaels in the way. That game will be at in Tallahassee this Tuesday at 7pm.

7-3 Bojanovsky Signs To Play Basketball At Florida State

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Boris Bojanovsky, who averaged 22.0 points, 13.3 rebounds and 4.2 blocked shots in 2011 Under 18 European Championships, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Florida State University and play basketball for head coach Leonard Hamilton. He becomes the fifth member of the Seminoles’ nationally ranked recruiting class.

Bojanovsky (Slovak Republic) joins Florida State’s already-heralded class of guard Devon Bookert (Anchorage, Ak./West), guard Montay Brandon (High Point, N.C./Wesleyan Academy), forward Robert Gilchrist (London, England/Polk State Junior College), guard Aaron Thomas (Cincinnati, Ohio/Brewster Academy) to form one of the most well-rounded and top rated recruiting classes in the nation.

At 7-3, Bojanovsky is believed to be the tallest player ever to sign with the Seminole basketball program.

Continue reading 7-3 Bojanovsky Signs To Play Basketball At Florida State

“Jam with Ham” on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011

The Florida State men’s basketball team will host their annual “Jam with Ham” at Seminole Madness on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 at the Donald L. Tucker which will serve as the first practice of the season for the Seminoles.

The annual celebration of the first day of practice which tips off one of the most anticipated seasons in school history is set to begin at 6 p.m. This year’s version of the “Jam with Ham” at Seminole Madness will introduce the Seminole men’s team to the public for the first time since their breathtaking trek to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament – the farthest the team has advanced in world’s most popular tournament since 1993, according to seminole.com.

Continue reading “Jam with Ham” on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011