FSU Hoops: Overview of Mississippi College
FSU basketball is set to officially begin tonight as the Noles face Mississippi College in their first exhibition game of the season at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
The Seminoles will play two exhibition games before starting the season at home, the next being Nov. 10 against the University of Pennsylvania.
Mississippi College heads to Tallahassee with a relatively experienced lineup of several undergraduates and graduate students. They compete with a small team of two forwards and three guards, currently having no players on the roster over 6’8.
Florida State should be able to use this game to develop its newcomers in real-world game situations and make them feel comfortable playing in Coach Leonard Hamiltons’ system. They’ll likely play this match upside down to take advantage of their big men in the paint and try to find some open spaces on the baseline for easy buckets around the rim.
This season, the Noles feature freshmen Matthew Cleveland, Jalen Warley, Michael Brown, John Butler, John Horner and Barrett Waldrop, while adding transfers Cam’Ron Fletcher, Caleb Mills and Naheem McLeod. They will play with a whole new rotation as red-shirted seniors Malik Osbourne and Anthony Polite lead the starting group.
There should be a substantial amount of plug and play in these next two exhibition matches so that different rosters and players can see where they fit into this season’s game plan.
The match will not be televised but admission is free. The departure is set at 7:00 am ET.