Florida State Info
Head Coach: Leonard Hamilton
Location: Tallahassee, Fl
Last time out: Beat Charleston Southern
Typical Rotation Depth: 9-10 players
Tempo: Medium Pace
Offensive Style: Get Hacked
Defensive Style: Pressure
Line: Nebraska by 2
Famous Alumni: Charlie Ward
3 Benny Parker 5-9 172 Jr
5 Terran Petteway 6-6 215 Jr
31 Shavon Shields 6-7 221 Jr
2 David Rivers 6-7 200 Sr
35 Walter Pitchford 6-10 237 Jr
22 Xavier Rathan-Mayes 6-4 190 Fr
4 Dayshawn Watkins 6-0 180 So
32 Montay Brandon 6-8 225 Jr
0 Phil Cofer 6-8 205 Fr
11 Kiel Turpin 7-0 240 Sr
Player to Watch
Xavier Rathan-Mayes: The Top-40 recruit had to sit out last year due to eligibility issues. With two starters injured Rathan-Mayes has led the Seminoles in scoring the last 3 games. He scored 27 points including hitting 5-5 from 3 pt range vs the Citadel.
Florida State has struggled this year, dropping games to three good but not great teams in UMass, Providence, and Northeastern. The Seminoles are also without starting guards Aaron Thomas and Devon Bookert, who happen to be their best 3 pt shooters. The book on FSU is to pack the paint and dare them to beat you outside which happens to be the defensive philosophy of the Huskers. This has all the makings of a very winnable road game for Nebraska.
However, a depleted FSU roster is still going to be a challenge for a Husker team that is 5-19 in true road games in the Tim Miles era. The Huskers also aren't a great outside shooting team and have been turning the ball over...two things that play to Florida State's strengths. The Seminoles will struggle to score so gifting them points on the road ultimately could gift them the game.
Both teams draw a lot of contact and make their living at the FT line so how tightly this game is officiated will be a major factor in this game. Wild card Karl Hess is running this crew and his squad called 65 fouls the last time they were in Tallahassee. Hopefully King Karl will keep out of the spotlight on this one.
Prediction: Nebraska 64 - FSU 60