Tag:Florida State Seminoles
Posted on: February 12, 2011 8:06 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2011 8:17 pm

Seminoles star Singleton to have foot surgery

Chris Singleton in happier times

Posted by Eric Angevine

Florida State won a game, but still suffered a loss the team can't afford.

In a 63-56 win over Virginia, star forward Chris Singleton (above) broke his right foot when he came down on another player's foot. He'll have surgery as soon as possible, in hopes that his recovery will be complete in time for him to return to the court by the end of the season.

FoxSports.com's Jeff Goodman points out that the remaining schedule for FSU could help that process along:

Florida State has a week off before traveling to ACC cellar dweller Wake Forest, then they finish with games at Maryland, ay home against Miami and North Carolina and road game to end the regular season at N.C. State. The only team in the top half of the league is North Carolina.

Senior guard Derwin Kitchen is the second leading scorer for the Seminoles, averaging just over ten points per game in 30 minutes of play. In the game against Virginia, he scored only 3 points, playing largely without Singleton, who was injured after ten minutes of the first half had elapsed. 6-foot-5 junior guard Deividas Dulkys played 32 minutes off the bench and scored 9 points with 7 rebounds.

FSU has established itself as the third-best team in the ACC behind Duke and North Carolina, and should be in the NCAA tournament barring a complete collapse to finish the season. The defensively superior squad will struggle to score without Singleton in the lineup, however, and could be in serious jeopardy of a lower seed and an early exit from the Big Dance if Singleton is done for the season.
Posted on: February 6, 2011 4:12 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2011 4:13 pm

Larry Drew who?

Dexter Strickland and Harrison Barnes have UNC humming

Posted by Eric Angevine

I hope Larry Drew isn't holding his breath, waiting for UNC to fall apart without him.

He'll turn blue waiting for anyone to regret these numbers: 89, 69, 16, 3, 3.

The first number is UNC's points scored, the second belongs to Florida State. The next three represent freshman point guard Kendall Marshall's assists, turnovers and steals.

Thanks to Marshall's largesse, the numbers were healthy all around. John Henson had 16 points and 11 boards. Harrison Barnes 17 and 9. Ty Zeller scored 16 and Dexter Strickland had 15.

Despite all the drama surrounding his lineup changes and the sudden departure of Drew, Roy Williams has his Tar Heels right where he wants them at this time of year - contending for the ACC lead.

Heading into Wednesday's trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium, UNC is right behind the Duke Blue Devils in ACC play at 7-1. Marshall, whose elevation to the starting lineup seems to have catalyzed Drew's decision to leave, had a school-record-setting passing performance against the same tough Florida State defense that humbled Duke on January 12.

His fellow freshman, Barnes, played with a hard-won sense of poise that allowed him to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous message-board fans long enough to become a valuable part of the Tar Heel offense. Where some other athletes might have crumbled under the pressure (perhaps Drew did?), Barnes displayed mental toughness in working toward being the player he wants to be, rather than the player the nation's fans and pundits want him to be.

Today's result -- indeed, the results of the past two weeks -- prove that Drew's departure was a matter of addition by way of subtraction. With Dexter Strickland, Kendall Marshall and Reggie Bullock running the floor with big men Barnes, Ty Zeller and John Henson, every Florida State miss became a race to the opposite end of the floor. Forced to react on the fly rather than establish a half-court bulwark, the Seminoles were caught flat-footed far too often. Even when FSU had defenders in place, Marshall's passing was crisp and heady enough to result in points anyway. This looked a lot more like the Carolina teams we've seen in the past.

The Heels can't expect the Devils to give them as many opportunities to start the break with defensive rebounds, but they've found their mojo just in time to make the upcoming Wednesday matchup the most intriguing game in the country again. That's good for both teams, good for the ACC, and good for college basketball.
Posted on: December 25, 2010 10:33 pm

Big Picture: Florida State 68 - Baylor 61

It's safe to say neither of these teams pictured themselves playing for the bronze medal in Hawaii on Christmas Day. The burden of disappointment falls hardest on Baylor, which came into the Diamond Head Classic ranked in the national top ten, and leaves with two difficult losses. Both Washington State and Florida State play solid D, and the Bears didn't handle it particularly well. Sophomore A.J. Walton simply turns the ball over too often against pressure, and that won't serve him or his team well in the rugged Big 12.

Given the state of Florida State's defense -- currently ranked sixth by kenpom.com -- it's no surprise that the 'Noles seemed to get their hands on nearly every defensive board in this game. If Chris Singleton and company can continue to turn defensive stops into 65-70 points per game, there's room for this tough-minded team to win a few roadies and get a decent seed in the NCAA tourney. If you want to see grown men cry, check out FSU's January 3rd visit to abysmal Auburn. It'll be like oral surgery without the novocaine.
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