Following three straight games against teams ranked in the top-50 on KenPom, FSU basketball gets a break in competition as they take on Troy at 8pm tonight at the Tucker Center. This will be the first time the two teams have met since Troy moved to Division 1, but the last time they faced off (December 1, 1977) the Seminoles won big, 110-82.
Troy comes into the game at 3-4, including losses to future FSU opponents Saint Louis and Pittsburgh. Senior forward Jordon Varnado leads the Trojans in scoring and is nearly averaging a double-double this season with 16.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
6’8 senior Alex Hicks has started at center in all but one game and is averaging 12 points an outing. Both Varnado and Hicks are inside out threats who clean up the glass. In the backcourt, point guard BJ Miller averages 3 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
Trojan coach Phil Cunningham deploys a zone defense that will give FSU some game experience with that style for later matchups with teams like Syracuse. Other than that, there is not much Troy will do that will test FSU. The Trojans play at the 293rd slowest pace in the country and FSU will look to force them into playing faster. Without a deep bench, Troy should struggle to keep up, and this game could be an opportunity for FSU’s bench players to get solid minutes.
The game will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra. The ’Noles are favored by 20.5.
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