So far in Florida State’s short basketball season, it’s been the story of two freshmen: Dwayne Bacon and Malik Beasley. Bacon and Beasely have been the driving force for FSU (4-1) as the two are both averaging over 20 points a game.
The Seminoles, who are averaging 91.4 PPG, are the ninth ranked offense in the country and look to continue their offensive dominance against Iowa on Tuesday night. They have scored 83 or more points in all of their games except in their lone loss against Hofstra where they scored 77. After this embarrassing loss, Florida State and head coach Leonard Hamilton hope to get back on track and build another winning streak.
Although FSU’s offense has been so dominant this early in the season, their defense has been very subpar. They are averaging 74.2 PPG to their opponents which is 204th in the country. With added depth at the forward and center positions this season, FSU looks to bring more intensity to the other side of the court.
Iowa (4-2) awaits FSU tomorrow in Iowa City for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. However, the difference with this team is that they are not led by freshmen but rather led by senior Jarrod Uthoff, who is averaging 18 points per game. The Hawkeyes recently lost to Dayton and #17 Notre Dame but redeemed themselves with a win over the #20 ranked team at the time Wichita State. With two early losses, Iowa is trying to build their resume back up and this game is the perfect opportunity in national spotlight.
Both of these teams have large chances of making it to the NCAA Tournament, so this game could have large implications down the road when the committee looks at quality wins against non-conference opponents.
I expect a high scoring affair between the two teams, but Florida State comes out with the win: 86-81.