FSU Basketball Weekly Preview: November 11th-17th

Here’s a preview of FSU basketball and their upcoming games scheduled for play during the 2019-20 season.

For the FSU basketball team, the start to this current season was one that no one else in college basketball playing in a power program has to deal with – literally. The Seminoles went on the road to face two teams also in power conferences to start the season – the only power conference team that got that “honor” this season.

While the opening game is one that head coach Leonard Hamilton would take back in a heartbeat seeing how it ended, the second game was one that wasn’t just sweet for the rivalry aspect of beating a hated foe, but also because it gave the nation a taste of what the Noles could be capable of this season.

Now, the Seminoles return home for a four game stretch again mid-major teams that could help pad the schedule before the next stretch of tough games just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Here’s our recap of the last week’s action and a preview of what’s ahead for the Seminoles.

Last Week Recap

The Seminoles opened up the season and ACC play on the same night last Wednesday when they hit the road take on the Pitt Panthers. A closer halftime lead was expanded to nine points early in the second half, but a home team comeback overshadowed a 19 point effort from Trent Forrest as Pitt escaped with a 63-61 victory.

On Sunday, it was off to Gainesville where the Noles fought the rival Florida Gators and a sluggish first half by both teams. The second half was a different story as the Noles – thanks to 13 points from Devin Vassell and 12 from M.J. Walker – got their sixth straight win over the rivals with a 63-51 victory over the then No. 6 ranked foes.

Opponent Preview

FSU basketball begins their home schedule on Friday with the first of four games inside the Tucker Center as the Seminoles host a Western Carolina Catamounts team looking to get past a 7-25 season last year that was anything but joyful to the team from Cullowhee, North Carolina.

In their opener last week, the men in purple dropped their first game of the season with a 91-72 loss on the road at the Georgia Bulldogs. But, after just winning seven games last season, they got their first win of the season last Saturday when they defeated Gardner-Webb at home before (winning/losing) their second home game of the season on Tuesday against North Carolina A&T.

Interesting Fact

The blowout win over the Gators last Sunday was not just big because it continued the dominance on the hardwood against the hated orange and blue, but also because it avoided what would have been a two loss start to the season.

While the loss to Pitt was the first in a season opener since 2013, the Noles have not lost two games to start a season since the 2000-01 campaign, when the Seminoles dropped three straight – including the opener to Florida – before defeating Rhode Island in game number four.