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    Purdue and Syracuse preview, plus Mike Norvell chat

    Purdue and Syracuse preview, plus Mike Norvell chat

    Now that football has ceremoniously ended with a Charlie Brown kick, the basketball guys are back to delve a little bit deeper into the season. But first, unable to escape the vortex of FSU football, Matt and Michael speculate on how the situation faced by head coach Mike Norvell is similar to the one faced by Leonard Hamilton back in the day. The stakes are much higher with football, at least at Florida State, but where is Norvell on the Ham timeline?
    Next up is to recap some of the action since the last podcast. The team is 5-1, with the best win being a neutral site victory over a solid Loyola Marymount squad. They explore some early season trends, and how they might play out for the season, as well is digging into the performances of several players, most notably the new faces like Cam'Ron Fletcher, Matthew Cleveland, and the unicorn John Butler.
    Then come the previews. How good is Purdue? (spoiler alert: they're very, very good). In their first six games one team (a top-10 Villanova) has held them below 92 points. We don't really get into the dribble weave action which the defense will try to disrupt, but instead focus on the pieces they have. It's a toss up whether this will be FSU's most difficult game of the season, or it will be at Duke Or, whoever FSU faces in the Final Four, amiright. They feature a two-headed beast in the middle, and the guy coming off the bench was a preseason First Team All Big Ten selection. Plus they have a lottery pick who is beyond NBA ready. And a bevy of shooters to surround these dudes.
    The easier game - and probably more important to the season - comes this Saturday when the Syracuse Orange come to town. We're used to Syracuse featuring crazy long athletes all over the court, with at least of coup[e of NBA guys mixed in. Is it more of the same this year?
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Penn and UF preview - recruiting - Seminoles in the Pros

    Penn and UF preview - recruiting - Seminoles in the Pros

    Hey, it's that time of year for sports that FSU is good at! Matt and Michael dust off their microphones and dig in to the new Florida State basketball season. After briefly discussing the comings and goings people may have missed over the summer, they break down FSU's opening night opponent - the Penn Quakers. Penn and FSU should be familiar with each other's system, as Penn is coached by former Boston College head coach Steve Donahue. If we know anything about them, they'll be well prepared to take advantage of FSU's youth movement, they'll play fast, and they'll shoot a ton of 3s.
    Also covered is the UF game on Sunday. Florida State has won 7-straight over the Gators, but after bringing in a ton of high end transfers, it's likely that the Gators will be favored at home. We discuss the names to watch out for, and discuss the similarities in rosters.
    The new signing class will officially be in place on Wednesday, as that is the earliest players can sign. We've already seen notices from Tom House and Chandler Jackson that they'll be signing, and it is expected that all six recruits will sign in what will be a top-20 class. We cover the swings and misses, and how this class came together.
    Finally, you may have heard that Scottie Barnes is doing alright in the NBA. Matt lends his NBA expertise to lead a discussion about the 'Noles in the pros.
    Welcome back to basketball season, folks. We've made it.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Summer FSU update / NBA Draft / 2022 Recruiting / Golf?

    Summer FSU update / NBA Draft / 2022 Recruiting / Golf?

    It's been a while since Matt and Michael got together to talk some hoops, but honestly, there wasn't much reason to. Florida State went after transfer Tre Mitchell and whiffed. The same could be said for Kofi Cockburn. Toss in Moussa Cisse as well. The 'Noles were targeting a big man, but missed at every turn.
    Well, since nothing is happening with the roster, we decided it was time to talk basketball. We start with the summer update. What does the roster look like? What are the strengths and weaknesses of this year's version? How has recruiting worked out by position?
    From there we launch into the NBA Draft. FSU had the two highest ACC players in the draft last year, and with Scottie Barnes will most likely have the highest drafted ACC player again. But there are plenty of other 'Noles going pro, and we touch on them as well. Plus, how the current roster shake out for next year's draft?
    We touch on 2022 recruiting. Florida State has had multiple top-50 type recruiting on campus (hooray for the return of in-person recruiting), but can they land one to get this class started? And where does assistant coach Steve Smith fit in to this? He's probably the least talked about of the assistants, but this class could have his fingerprints all over it.
    Finally, we touch on some golf. Why? Why not? There are plenty of FSU golfers out there aside from Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger, so we get caught up on some of the important names to know.
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    • 58 min
    Michigan preview, Colorado recap

    Michigan preview, Colorado recap

    Florida State entered the tournament struggling a bit after losses to Notre Dame and Georgia Tech. But in recent years the tourney has galvanized the team and this season is no different as the Seminoles roll into their 3rd straight Sweet 16. After knocking off UNC Greensboro in round 1 and dominating Colorado in round of 32 the 'Noles now face top seeded Michigan. Unlike other portions of the bracket that have been chaos, this one has been straight chalk for FSU and they don't get the benefit of facing any of the four double digit seeds which remain.
    We open the pod talking about Colorado, and specifically what FSU has done well through two games to get to this point. The Buffalos had one of the best players in college basketball in senior point guard McKinley Wright, and FSU completely shut him down. The rest of the team wasn't able to step up in his absence, and the final 12 minutes were a clinic. We also touch a bit on UNCG, though there isn't all that much to say. FSU was favored by 10 and won by 10 and did it in a fashion we pretty much described in the last podcast.
    After a break we talk a bit about the NCAA Tournament as a whole - or at least Matt listens while Michael rants. And then it's on to the main course: the Michigan Wolverines. Head coach Juwan Howard has done a fantastic job despite being asked to be the guy who follows the guy (John Beilein). Their roster is loaded. They play great on both ends of the floor. And they have plenty of ways to impact what FSU wants to do on the court. They also play a style of defense that Florida State hasn't really seen this year, so it will be interesting to see how the 'Noles attack. Michael predicts a game in the 70s, while Matt thinks it will be a low scoring affair. Tune in to see the picks to win.
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    • 51 min
    NCAA Tournament preview

    NCAA Tournament preview

    It's March folks, and the madness has arrived. Forget about the regular season. Forget about the ACC Tournament. It's the NCAA Tournament now, and in less than a week 48 dreams will have been dashed, leaving the dreaming to a field of 16.
    On the podcast we briefly touch on the Georgia Tech loss (hey, another turnover!) before moving on - or backwards - to how the season has shaped up as a whole. It seems the program has reached a height where many consider that after losing two lottery picks and an all-time point guard finishing 2nd in the conference both in the regular season and in the ACC Tournament is a disappointment. New bloods, it is.
    Then we get to the NCAAT. We start the conversation with some general observations about the bracket, and then move on to FSU's 1st round opponent: the Spartans of UNC Greensboro. In recent history FSU faced Murray State in the NCAAT which was a team built similarly to UNCG. They have one supremely talented point guard surrounded by a bunch of role players. Some of those role players bring interesting skill sets (the No. 2 shot blocker in the nation who also shoots more 3s than 2s comes to mind), but the reality is that this team goes as Isaiah Miller goes. He takes the 6th most shots in the nation, has won back-to-back conference Player of the Year awards, and won back-to-back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year awards. Oh, and he's probably the best athlete FSU has faced this season.
    Whatever FSU's game plan is, it will center around Isaiah Miller. We go in depth about where UNCG has the advantage, and where FSU has the advantage.
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    • 46 min
    UNC post game, ACCT final preview

    UNC post game, ACCT final preview

    Florida State playing for the ACC Title? You bet. For the 2nd time in three years, FSU will be playing on Saturday and be one of the last two standing in the conference. Since FSU was awarded the automatic bid to the dance last year, you have to go back to the 2017-18 season to find one where FSU wasn't competing to cut the nets down.
    Much like the last time these two teams played, FSU dominated the first half, but also left a feeling like the lead should be more (it was 11). Then, UNC came out swinging in the 2nd half and pretty much dominated. The difference, this time, was that the Seminoles regrouped just in time to grind out the win.
    We talk about what went right in the game, and what went wrong.
    After that segment we launch into the Georgia Tech preview. It's been a couple of months since these two teams played, and GT has been playing great ball down the stretch. They only had to beat 13-seed Miami (of FL) to reach the finals, so they haven't exactly been tested. They should have played Virginia today, but the Hoos had to go home after a player tested positive.
    We wrap up with a quick discussion about other happenings in basketball, including a UF player nearly knocking out an opponent on a dirty play.
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    • 41 min

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