The Florida State Seminoles basketball is scheduled to open the season tonight against the Stetson Hatters in a non-conference intrastate matchup.
According to DraftKings, FSU is an 18.5-point favorite against the Hatters.
From FSU Sports Info:
The State of Florida is 26-4 (0.867 win percentage) in the season opener when they are up against teams from the State of Florida.
It is the first time in the 53-game series that the Seminoles have opened their season against the Hatters. Florida State leads the all-time series against Stetson by a mark of 42-11 and has won 18 straight games in the series – a streak dating back to an 81-71 Seminoles victory on December 11, 1975. The Seminoles are 11 -0 against the Hatters under coach Leonard Hamilton.
The Seminoles are coming off a season where a promising 6-1 start in the ACC was marred by a different injury error than most, including a game where all five starting players were out. With multiple impact players back from last season and the addition of a strong recruit/portal class, you’d think the ‘Noles would have put most of the bad luck behind them, right?
Unfortunately, this is not the case.
FSU opens the season with an award-winning transfer (Jaylan Gainey) out of season with a knee injury, a top notch recruit (Chandler Jackson) out at least tonight with a thumb injury, and arguably the best recruit of the class (Baba Miller) out of the first 16 games of the season thanks to an NCAA decision that was chastised by virtually everyone associated with college basketball.
All of this creates a lot more question marks than usual as the season begins. In the only exhibition game we were able to watch, the Seminoles showed good touch from the perimeter and willingness to play small ball for long stretches. (Read more about our observations of that game here). But that was with Miller playing important minutes. It is uncertain how the team will turn things around with him in the first half of the season.
What we do know is that there are many pieces to mix and match. Caleb Mills, Matthew Cleveland, Jalen Warley, Cam’Ron Fletcher and Naheem McLeod return with a full season. Meanwhile, Darin Green, Jr is a top UCF transfer with plenty of experience, while Cameron Corhen and Tom House bring skill to the table as rookies.
But how the team will put together this list puzzle is anyone’s guess.
Florida State vs. Stetson how to watch tv info
Monday, November 7
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ESPN, Hulu, FuboTV
Seminoles Radio Network