Preview: FSU-Florida basketball rivalry carrying more intrigue than football counterpart
06 December, 2017, 03:59
There's no doubt that Jimbo Fisher made his mark at Florida State. No rain fell in Rainsville.
"This is a great win for Florida State's program", Walker said.
Facing No. 5 Florida on the road, the Seminoles dominated from the latter parts of the first half on in an 83-66 victory. The Seminoles needed the tuneup before they are forced to contend with a Gators team that has been scoring almost at will with an average of nearly 100 points per game (99.5), tops in the nation entering Sunday, after hitting in triple-digits in four of their first six games. The Florida Gators are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.1 rebounds per game.
Florida coach Mike White said after the game that he had been anxious about his team playing soft, and he said that's what happened in this game.
As the fans in orange and blue began to head for the exits, the Noles continued to expand their lead.
"Tonight", Florida coach Mike White said, "was the epitome of soft".
Guard Egor Koulechov said the loss might have awakened the Gators. It's not our strength. Having Egbunu healthy ... that would help. "We've got to get better". Terance Mann paced the Seminoles with a career-high 25 points on 11-for-17 shooting and eight rebounds as FSU improved to 7-0 for the first time since the 2008-09 season. Phil Cofer, who finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds, capped an 8-0 run to end the half with a thunderous alley-oop drunk as the Seminoles took a 42-35 lead to the locker room.
"A reality check for us", he said.
FSU didn't shoot much better - 39 percent from the floor and 7 of 23 on 3-point attempts.
Hudson said the Gators were a "little too celebratory" in practices after winning two of three games and taking No. 1 Duke to the wire over Thanksgiving weekend at the PK80 Tournament in Portland. "This is kind of what we need as a team, not just to get back to basics but to work harder, be mentally tougher and find other ways to win because we're not going to be hitting 15 3s every game". Florida never got closer than 12 over the game's final eight minutes.
Florida committed a season-high 17 turnovers. The Florida Gators are averaging 94.7 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 81 points on 43 percent shooting. The Seminoles went up 28-22 on a pair of Cofer free throws, but Florida, sparked by a pair of freshmen, went on a run to regain the lead.
Florida shot just 11 of 30 from the field in the first half and 4 of 16 from 3-point range. Florida will also be in action at home on Wednesday against Loyola-Chicago. "We know we can do something big this year", Angola said.
"We wanted to make sure coming out of the half that we started over and treated the game as zero-zero", Trent Forrest said on the team's mentality starting the second half. Things got even worse for Mike White's team in the second half, as the Gators could not get anything going from beyond the arc.
Florida State led for 36:33 of the 40 minutes.
"It's super humbling", Hudson said.
The Ramblers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games, 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.