FSU will open play in the NCAA Tournament against UNC Greensboro on Saturday at 12:45 p.m. (TruTV). If the Seminoles win, they will face Colorado or Georgetown. Here’s a closer look at the Spartans.
Record: 21-8, Southern Conference champions (13-5 in league in regular season)
Coach: Wes Miller (10th season at UNCG). Moore played for Roy Williams at UNC in the mid 2000s.
NCAA Tournament history: Fourth appearance overall, second trip in four years. UNCG was a No. 13 seed and nearly upset No. 4 seed Gonzaga before losing 68-64.
Consistency of winning: UNCG has won 20 or more games in five straight seasons.
Stat to watch: UNCG generates 14-15 turnovers per game. Miller is in the top 10 in Division I with 2.57 steals per game.
Weakness: UNCG only shoots 30 percent from 3-point range, which is 312th in Division I.
Star player: 6-1 senior G Isaiah Miller has scored 1,950 career points and grabbed 313 steals. He is the only men’s basketball student-athlete in the 100-year history of the SoCon to be named Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in consecutive seasons. Miller leads the SoCon in scoring (19.3) and steals (2.6). He is also averaging 6.7 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.
Other players to watch: Sophomore 6-1 G Keyshaun Langley (9.8 points). Junior 6-4 F Kaleb Hunter (8.7 points, 3.8 rebounds), junior 6-7 F Angelo Allegri (7.9 points, 4.1 rebounds), 7-1 C Hayden Koval (9.7 points in last four games).
Quoting Hunter: “We know Florida State is big, but we can’t control that. The only thing we can control is how we play, and we’ll be scrappy. As long as our names were called, that’s all that mattered. We’re blessed to be in this position.”
Quoting Wes Miller, via Greensboro News and Record: “I watch them all the time here on ESPN and the ACC Network. I’ve been a big fan of Leonard Hamilton and what he does defensively and rebounding, so I’ve tried to learn over the years watching his teams play.” Miller said he watched FSU play UNC and Georgia Tech but distinguished that he has familiarity with this year’s team and hasn’t done a full opponent breakdown.
FSU connection: UNCG’s athletics director is Kim Record who was a longtime FSU athletics administrator alongside Dave Hart.
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