Tonight, at 6:15, FSU begins its ACC schedule against Clemson. Up to this point, the Seminoles have been fantastic on defense. They have arguably the best defensive player in the nation with Chris Singleton and he's set the pace for FSU's #1 Defense adjusted for opponents. Despite being possibly the best defensive team that I've ever witnessed, FSU has failed to win any of their games against legitimate opponents. The reason for this is their inability to do essentially anything on offense. Coach Leonard Hamilton runs an offense that is similar to what many amateur basketball players run during pickup games. It's simple to teach, slows the game down, and lacks any intricacies. This isn't something that should occur at any Division 1 basketball school, let alone a team in a major basketball conference.
The Seminoles have a major issue that all fans should begin to worry about, their schedule. While FSU is fortunate that the ACC is having a down year (the path is wide open for the spot behind Duke as the #2 team in the ACC), the lack of available quality wins is going to hurt FSU for their post season goals. It is possible that FSU only faces one ranked opponent for the rest of the year (Duke). Fans need to hope other ACC teams begin to distinguish themselves nationally so that FSU has the chance to build a resume. As things stand currently, without legitimate wins against top 25 opponents, FSU's post season run has ended before it even began. FSU has to do well in the Diamond Head Classic during Christmas weekend. More Clemson after the jump.
Clemson has struggled even more than FSU, losing games to Old Dominion, South Carolina, and Michigan. They have no legitimate wins to speak of. Clemson isn't the same underachieving, good team as it's been for the last few seasons. They generally rely on senior guard Demontez Stitt for scoring. He leads Clemson with 13.3 ppg. Point Guard Andre Young is their second option on offense and their biggest threat from beyond the arc. Clemson is very inefficient on offense. As a team they shoot 43.7% from the field and 66.5% from the ft line. Clemson's Defense is very good, ranked somewhere in the top 30 depending on what ranking site you subscribe to. This game should be slow and boring as FSU really is playing a less talented version of themselves. Look for shooting numbers below 35% for both teams and scoring in the 50's. The Seminoles should win this. Pomeroy predicts a 65-59 win with a 68% probability.