FSU basketball is officially set to get underway tonight as the Noles face Mississippi College in their first exhibition game of the season at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
The Seminoles will play two exhibition games prior to tipping off the season at home, with the next coming on November 10th against the University of Pennsylvania.
Mississippi College travels to Tallahassee with a relatively experienced lineup of multiple upperclassmen and graduate students. They compete with a small lineup of two forwards and three guards, currently having zero players on the roster over 6’8.
Florida State should be able to use this game to develop their new incomers in real game situations and get them comfortable playing in coach Leonard Hamiltons system. They will likely play this matchup inside-out to take advantage of their big men in the paint and try to find open gaps on the baseline for easy buckets around the rim.
This season the Noles introduce freshmen Matthew Cleveland, Jalen Warley, Michael Brown, John Butler, John Horner, and Barrett Waldrop, while adding transfers Cam’Ron Fletcher, Caleb Mills and Naheem McLeod. They’ll play with a brand new rotation as redshirt-seniors Malik Osbourne and Anthony Polite lead the starting group.
There should be a substantial amount of plug and play in these next two exhibition games so different lineups and players can see where they fit in this seasons game plan.
The game will not be televised but admission is free. Tipoff is set for 7:00 ET.