Florida State (2-1) vs. Saint Joseph's (2-0)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 17, 9:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Barclays Center (17,734) -- Brooklyn, New York.
Television: TruTV. Home Record: FSU 1-1, SJU 1-0. Away Record: FSU 0-0, SJU
0-0. Neutral Record: FSU 1-0, SJU 1-0. Conference Record: FSU 0-0, SJU 0-0.
Series Record: Florida State leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The Saint Joseph's Hawks and the Florida State Seminoles will meet
at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday night in the championship game
of the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Florida State encountered an unexpected stumbling block in its home opener
against South Alabama by losing 76-71, but since then it has gotten on track
with impressive wins over Buffalo (95-68) and BYU (88-70) to find its way to
this title tilt.
Saint Joseph's qualified for the four-team tournament by defeating Yale at
home in the preliminary round in convincing fashion, 61-35. The Hawks then
followed that up with a surprising overtime victory over the 20th-ranked Notre
Dame Fighting Irish, 79-70.
The Seminoles won the only other matchup between these two teams back in 1985,
Florida State put together a balanced effort in its semifinal games as it shot
58 percent from the field, including 11-of-20 from behind the three-point
line. Leading the way for the Seminoles was Okaro White with 17 points on a
nearly-perfect shooting night (5-of-6 from the field, 6-of-7 from the foul
line). Right on White's heels was All-America candidate Michael Snaer, who
tallied 16 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Snaer is the team's leading
scorer (15.0 ppg) and rebounder (6.7 rpg) on the young season, although he
would undoubtedly like to get his field goal percentage up (.367) and his
turnovers down (12). Ian Miller and Devon Bookert each tallied 15 points, and
the two combined to drain six three-pointers on the night. Even with a loss on
its resume', FSU is still outscoring its opponents by an average of 13.4 ppg.
The story of the season so far for Saint Joseph's has been the team's
outstanding play at the defensive end of the court. After allowing a minuscule
35 points on 25 percent field goal shooting to Yale in the opener, it followed
with another impressive effort against a much more potent Notre Dame squad as
it held the Irish to less than 40 percent shooting. The shooting effort for
the Hawks wasn't too shabby either, as they connected on 46.6 percent of their
field goal attempts. They had a clutch night at the free-throw line as well,
going 19-of-24, including 9-of-10 in the overtime period. Leading the way for
Saint Joseph's was Ronald Roberts with 21 points and 16 rebounds, his second
double-double in as many games to begin the season. Roberts was just one piece
of the starting lineup that put up all 79 points for the Hawks. Chris Wilson
scored 19 points on 6-of-10 from the floor, while Halil Kanacevic stuffed the
stat sheet with 15 points, eight rebounds, six assists, three blocks and three
steals. Langston Galloway and C.J. Aiken finished with 13 points and 11
Saint Joseph's has a talented starting five, and it proved against Notre Dame
that when it is on, it can beat anyone. However, the Irish aren't nearly as
potent as FSU is from the outside, and Snaer and company could give the Hawks
fits. It'll be close, but figure the Seminoles to come out on top.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Florida State 80, Saint Joseph's 75
11/17 10:35:06 ET
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