After a convincing win in Louisville the Seminoles basketball team jumped all the way to No. 10 in the nation. On the latest podcast ((APPLE // SPOTIFY)) Matt and Michael talked about what the team can carry over from that game. And now is the chance to put that to the test.
The Demon Deacons (8-5) got off to a rough start but have now won three straight, including beating Xavier and winning at Pitt. They are one of the best teams in the nation at getting to the line (7th nationally), so this is likely a game that the refs style of calling fouls will have a huge influence. They can be a bit turnover prone (200th) so whether or not FSU can rattle them will be another key to the game.
Players to watch
Wake plays three seniors, but Brandon Childress (6-0, 195) is the only one to go all four years with head coach Danny Manning. Though he leads the team at 15.7 ppg, FSU has been able to significantly alter his shots in past games, but haven’t really turned him over since he was a freshman. Look for Coach Hamilton to try to take the ball out of his hands as much as possible.
Junior Chaundee Brown (6-5, 220) had offseason knee surgery, but has bounced back nicely and is scoring 13.3 ppg. He’s capable of knocking down 3s but is more comfortable attacking off the bounce.
Olivier Sarr (7-0, 255) gives Wake the type of legit post presence that FSU hasn’t seen a ton of this season. With Balsa Koprivica out, it will come down to Dominik Olejniczak to match up. Otherwise FSU will have to go small and risk Wake dumping it down low for repeated trips to the line. He scores 12.5 per game.
Wake doesn’t shoot many 3s...
...but when they do they have some guys who can knock them down. Charlotte transfer Andrien White (6-3, 200) is a borderline elite shooter making 42% of his 3s. Freshman Ismael Massoud (6-8, 200) came in with a sharp-shooter reputation and he hasn’t disappointed (42%).
Who will win?
Ken Pomeroy FSU at a nice 69%
Vegas line FSU -7
How to watch
Fox Sports (regional) or ACC Network Extra at 7:30 PM from Joel Coliseum.