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No. 17 FSU basketball vs. Indiana: Preview, how to watch, Vegas line, game thread

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The ‘Noles travel to Assembly Hall

NCAA Basketball: Wisconsin at Indiana Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana (7-0) hasn’t played anyone. Five of their seven opponents are ranked north of 200 by Ken Pomeroy, and the other two (Louisiana Tech, South Dakota State) aren’t exactly striking fear in the general populace.

So it’s hard to say how good they are. They’re No. 1 nationally at getting to the line, so this could be a replay of the Pitt game. If the numbers hold, they may be the best rebounding team FSU faces this year. And they block a ton of shots. But again - this is all against overmatched opponents.

We know that they’re very talented - they have far more blue chip recruits on the roster than FSU. They haven’t turned the ball over a ton, but when they have it’s been a lot of the live ball variety that the Seminoles feast on.

We’ll see. Should be a fun one.

Who to watch

Remember Dale Davis from the Indiana Pacers? Well, his son is one of the top freshman in college basketball. Trayce Jackson-Davis (6-9, 245) has been an absolute load for the Hoosiers, averaging 15.6 ppg to go along with 9.6 rpg. He’s made over half his shots in every game he’s played, and is one of the best rebounders that FSU will face all year. Keeping him off the offensive glass is key for an FSU win.

Justin Smith (6-7, 230) is a junior who the Hoosiers have been trying to turn more into an outside threat. He’s right behind Jackson-Davis at 14.3 ppg, and attempts about 1.5 3s per game. He’s also their best defender.

Aljami Durham (6-4, 185) and Devonte Green (6-3, 185) have been the marksmen so far. Durham has made 42% of his 3s, while Green has been a bit better at 45%.

Short-handed?

Sophomore Rob Phinisee (6-1, 190), who started 29 games as a freshman, has been limited this year and is listed as questionable. He’s missed three of the past four games, and a ton of practice, so even if he goes he’ll likely be rusty.

Who will win?

Ken Pomeroy FSU 46%

Vegas line FSU +2 1/2

How to watch

ESPN2, 9 PM