Men’s Basketball: FSU-UAB Preview

by | Nov 22, 2018 | Basketball, Previews

Instead of going home and stuffing their faces with turkey, the red-hot Seminoles head down to Orlando to play in the Advocare Invitational 2018. This tournament will run until Sunday, with FSU playing a maximum of three games, opponents to be determined. Below is the tournament bracket.

As you can see, FSU will play either of College of Charleston or LSU after they play UAB. But first things first – let’s look at our FSU-UAB Preview!

Fresh off their win over the Canisius Golden Griffins, the ‘Noles look to extend their winning streak to four against the UAB Blazers. UAB is also 3-0, with wins over Mercer, New Orleans, and West Alabama, none of which has an RPI above 250. Just for comparison, FSU’s wins over UF, Tulane, and Canisius have RPIs of 24th, 173rd, and 222nd, respectively. So who are the Blazers?

They’re not particularly fast-paced. They run at the same pace as Canisius, so look for Leonard Hamilton’s team to push the tempo and make the Blazers uncomfortable. UAB loves the 3-point shot, shooting a few more than the ‘Noles. They’re okay at it, converting at a 33.9% clip. They do turn the ball over a lot, but they also force a lot of turnovers. Just as in the last game, FSU needs to continue to clean up their turnovers, as that will be important in a tough conference schedule.

Unlike Canisius, UAB has 4 players who average double-digit scoring. Sophomore guard Zach Bryant leads the charge with 15 ppg on 45.5% shooting. He’s good from behind the arc, going 5/14 (35.7%) from deep. He also leads the team in assists, with 11. Senior guard Jalen Perry adds 12 ppg on 41.9% shooting. He’s the most effective shooter, going 6/16 (37.5%) beyond the arc. Down low, redshirt senior forward Lewis Sullivan leads the team with 7 rebounds per game. Junior forward Will Butler adds 6.7 rebounds per game.

Like seemingly every team FSU plays, the length of the Seminoles will be an issue for the Blazers. The two guards I mentioned are 6’2 and 6’3, respectively, and the two forwards are 6’7 and 6’8, respectively. In comparison, Trent Forrest is 6’4, along with PJ Savoy. MJ Walker is 6-5, and Terance Mann is a 6’7 GUARD. Lastly, FSU’s main bigs, Mfiondu Kabengele and Christ Koumadje, are 6’10 and 7’4, respectively. I know everyone talks about FSU’s length a lot, but it’s not something you can ignore. This is a huge advantage for the ‘Noles, and will be all season long.

ESPN has FSU favored by 16. Tipoff is at 9:30 on ESPN2. Let those who want to shopping go shopping, and find your way to your favorite chair/couch to catch this matchup – you won’t regret it.