Florida State entered the tournament struggling a bit after losses to Notre Dame and Georgia Tech. But in recent years the tourney has galvanized the team and this season is no different as the Seminoles roll into their 3rd straight Sweet 16. After knocking off UNC Greensboro in round 1 and dominating Colorado in round of 32 the ‘Noles now face top seeded Michigan. Unlike other portions of the bracket that have been chaos, this one has been straight chalk for FSU and they don’t get the benefit of facing any of the four double digit seeds which remain.
We open the pod (APPLE // SPOTIFY) talking about Colorado, and specifically what FSU has done well through two games to get to this point. The Buffalos had one of the best players in college basketball in senior point guard McKinley Wright, and FSU completely shut him down. The rest of the team wasn’t able to step up in his absence, and the final 12 minutes were a clinic. We also touch a bit on UNCG, though there isn’t all that much to say. FSU was favored by 10 and won by 10 and did it in a fashion we pretty much described in the last podcast.
After a break we talk a bit about the NCAA Tournament as a whole - or at least Matt listens while Michael rants. And then it’s on to the main course: the Michigan Wolverines. Head coach Juwan Howard has done a fantastic job despite being asked to be the guy who follows the guy (John Beilein). Their roster is loaded. They play great on both ends of the floor. And they have plenty of ways to impact what FSU wants to do on the court. They also play a style of defense that Florida State hasn’t really seen this year, so it will be interesting to see how the ‘Noles attack. Michael predicts a game in the 70s, while Matt thinks it will be a low scoring affair. Tune in to see the picks to win.