Some college hoops defenses are designed to take away everything their opponent wants to do and force them to play out of their set play comfort zone. No two defenses in the ACC reflect that philosophy better than Florida State and Georgia Tech. Now they square off for a chance to cut down nets. FSU advanced by knocking off 6-seed North Carolina, while GT got by 13-seed Miami. Both teams benefitted from an opponent dropping out due to Covid.
The two split during the regular season, but haven’t faced one another in six weeks. The Yellow Jackets have found their flow in that time, and enter on a 7-game winning streak.
They have the ACC Player of the Year, as well as the ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
They get 78% of their scoring from four guys, so it’s no secret who will have the ball. Moses Wright (6-9, 233) has had some huge games lately. 29 and 14 against Duke. 31 and 16 against Syracuse. 26 and 10 against Va Tech. He’s had mixed success against Florida State, but regardless, FSU will have to throw waves of bodies at him.
Jose Alvarado (6-0, 179) gives FSU fits because of his driving ability. But like Moses Wright, he’s had one good game this season against FSU and one bad.
Both Wright and Alvarado are 22-years-old, which contributes to them being the 4th most experienced team in the nation.
Michael Devoe (6-5, 197) is their 3rd scorer, and he’s averaging 20 a game vs FSU this year. And like Wright and Alvarado, he’s a 40% shooter from deep.
Their 4th scorer is Jordan Usher (6-7, 213). He’s not a good shooter, and hasn’t had much success against the ‘Noles.
All told, they’re the No. 1 team in the ACC in 2-pt%, and the No. 3 team in 3-pt%. But they aren’t a good offensive rebounding team, and don’t often get to the line.
Defensively, they cover up their weakness on the glass and their lack of length to contest shots by forcing the most turnovers in the conference. When they knocked off FSU they forced turnovers on 29% of possessions. Value the ball and FSU should be cutting down nets. Get into a turnover fest, and it’s going to be a rough road.
The game tips at 8:30 and will be broadcast on ESPN. FSU is favored by 4.5.