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FSU zooms through break, ready to go for NC State game

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The Florida State men’s basketball team was off the court for about a week, forcing the postponements of games against Duke, Syracuse and Pittsburgh.

But the Seminoles returned to the court on Thursday for practice and have been able to prepare for the games ahead, beginning on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (ACC Network) with a game against NC State at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

“Had a lot of Zooms,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said on Monday’s ACC coaches Zoom call. “We’re still a team that is trying to develop that identify offensively and defensively. We had a couple of Zooms that we thought were important. I thought we got some work done even though we were not able to practice for a few days.”

Hamilton said “we don’t have any limitations,” on the roster for the game against NC State. FSU and the ACC said in statements the Duke postponement followed “a positive test, subsequent quarantining, and contact tracing with the Florida State men’s basketball program.” It’s not clear if a player, coach or support staff member of the team tested positive.

The return to the court is a welcome one for the Seminoles (5-2, 1-1 ACC), who have not played since a Dec. 29 loss at Clemson — a gap of two weeks between games. Prior to the Clemson game, FSU was on holiday break and last played Gardner-Webb on Dec. 21.

NC State has played Clemson (overtime loss) and Miami (loss) in January and is 6-3, 1-2.

Hamilton feels the break could impact the Seminoles, who are looking to develop chemistry and deepen the bench as well as advance Scottie Barnes’ transition from forward to point guard.

“We are a long ways away from being where i think we should be,” Hamilton said. “It affects a team more than a team that is playing just seven guys. We practice different lineups, different groups of guys. Right now we’re still a little bit in flux.”

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