Written by Matt Josephs for Covers Expert Steve Merril.
The month of February is a time for bubble teams to start separating themselves from the pack. This year’s bubble includes
Still, the question remains: Are the Noles for real?
Any discussion of FSU begins with senior guard Toney Douglas, who single-handedly leads this team. The 6-foot-2 guard has 13 straight double-digit games averaging 20.3 points this season which ranks 24th overall in the country.
Next up are Uche Echefu and Chris Singleton, who each average slightly over eight points per game. The team is also boosted by late season addition Derwin Kitchen, a sophomore guard providing a spark. Kitchen averages only 6.9 points per game but he has also played some point guard when needed.
Defensively, Solomon Alabi is 44th in the country in blocks averaging approximately two per game. The 7-foot-1 center is able to bolster the Seminoles’ interior defense when he stays out of foul trouble, but he is facing a possible suspension for Wednesday’s game against
The Noles are 170th in points per game offensively (67.8 ppg) and 212th in field-goal percentage at 42.6.
On the positive side, they are stingy on defense at 10th in field-goal percentage defense and blocked shots per game. Overall, the Seminoles allow just 63.7 points and only 38.4 percent on field goals versus opponents that average 72.7 ppg and 44.7 percent.
FSU’s tournament resume is littered with quality wins featuring an 80-77 win versus
If the NCAA tournament started today,
It would still have to be considered a successful season for Seminole fans, but overall this basketball team is not for real.
Matt Josephs is a producer for ESPN Radio in