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FSU basketball plays Fordham in Jamaica

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The Seminoles open the season with back-to-back games against A10 teams

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From 2009-15, Fordham (1-1) was the doormat of the A10. Then they hired longtime Eastern Kentucky coach Jeff Neubauer who immediately righted the ship. They went 8-10 in conference in his first year, and looked to do better last year before injuries derailed the season, limping in at 7-11.

Now, in his 3rd year, he’s looking for that signature out-of-conference win to spark his program.

Neubauer’s teams always put tremendous pressure on the ball. In the past five years (three at EKU, two at Fordham) his teams have been top 10 in the nation at forcing turnovers. Then they grind out possessions on offense and look to take a lot of 3s.

The Achilles heel in his short time with the Rams has been that his offense has committed as many turnovers as they’ve forced. But it seems that the turnover problem might be solved. Through two games they’ve only turned it over on 12% of their possessions.

Junior Joseph Chartouny is the best returning player. He’s not particularly efficient, but leads the team with 14.5 ppg, and led the nation last season in steal%. He has the size (6-3, 205) to give CJ Walker and Braian Angola problems at the point. Hopefully, sophomore Trent Forrest will be able to play this game after missing the opener with a bone bruise.

Freshman Ivan Raut, a 6-7 wing from Montenegro, has made 8-13 (63%) 3s in his first two games.

6-6 senior Will Tavares has scored 14.0 ppg and grabbed 7.0 rpg, and 6-10 senior Prokop Slanina from the Czech Rebuplic had 19 points and 11 rebounds in their win over LIU Brooklyn.

If FSU can take care of the ball and keep the game moving at a high tempo, then the final ten minutes of the game should be stress free. But if the game gets sloppy and Fordham starts knocking down 3s, then this will be a dogfight.

The game tips at 6 PM from the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James, Jamaica, and will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

The ‘Noles opened as 14.5 point favorites.