Florida State Men's Basketball 2019 NCAA Tournament Capsule


Florida State Seminoles

ACC (27-7, 13-5)

Florida State got off to a good start to the 2018-2019 campaign, beating the likes of Florida, LSU and Purdue in non-conference play. Their only loss came against Villanova in a close 66-60 contest. Once ACC play began, the Seminoles were not able to stay up at the top of the standings along with Duke, Virginia and North Carolina, but a 13-5 record certainly puts FSU in a good spot to make a nice tournament run.
Big Wins: 11/23 vs LSU (79-76), 11/28 Purdue (73-72), 3/5 Virginia Tech (73-64)
Bad Losses: 11/25 vs Villanova (60-66), 1/14 at Pitt (62-75), 1/20 at Boston College (82-87)
Coach: Leonard Hamilton
Why They Can Surprise:
Coach Leonard Hamilton has once again put together a balanced team that will play tough defense. The frontcourt boasts the usual big men who can score, rebound and block shots. Mfiondu Kabengele, a 6-10 sophomore, is the team’s top scorer at 12.9 points per game and also adds 5.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. Christ Koumadje is a massive presence in the paint. The 7-4 senior is not going to be on the floor for more than 20 minutes per game very often, but he is certainly productive when on the floor. Terance Mann is a big 6-7 guard, who is actually the team’s top rebounder with 6.4 per game. Mann is also the most consistent scoring threat on the perimeter and can have some very good scoring games, especially when his outside shot is falling.
Why They Can Disappoint:
This is not a very good three-point shooting team though. Mann does not shoot from long range too often and much of the outside shooting will fall to M.J. Walker and PJ Savoy. Walker, a 6-5 sophomore, averages 7.8 points per game, while Savoy adds 6.0. Neither is particularly efficient when it comes to shooting the basketball and it will be very important for the Seminoles to get some instant offense from beyond the arc. The other potential issue is in the turnover battle. The Seminoles will force quite a few turnovers and point guard Trent Forrest deserves much of the credit for that. Forrest does a lot for this team in all aspects of the game, but if he can help keep the turnovers down, the Seminoles can beat anybody.
Probable Starters:
Terance Mann, Senior, Guard, 11.2 ppg, 2.5 apg, 6.4 rpg
Trent Forrest, Junior, Guard, 9.1 ppg, 3.8 apg, 4.6 rpg
M.J. Walker, Sophomore, Guard, 7.8 ppg, 1.6 apg
Phil Cofer, Senior, Forward, 7.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg
Christ Koumadje, Senior, Center, 6.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.5 bpg
Key Role Players:
Mfiondu Kabengele, Sophomore, Forward, 12.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.5 bpg
David Nichols, Senior, Guard, 6.4 ppg, 1.7 apg
PJ Savoy, Senior, Guard, 6.0 ppg
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 75.8 (98th in nation, 4th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 67.3 (64, 6)
Field-Goal Percentage: 44.6 (166, 7)
Field-Goal Defense: 40.5 (29, 6)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 7.4 (212, 10)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 33.0 (244, 7)
Free-Throw Percentage: 73.5 (84, 8)
Rebound Margin: 4.4 (49, 5)
Assists Per Game: 13.1 (201, 8)
Turnovers Per Game: 13.5 (227. 13)
Recent Postseason Appearances:
2018NCAARound of 64 win over Missouri
2018NCAARound of 32 win over Xavier
2018NCAARegional Semifinal win over Gonzaga
2018NCAARegional Final loss to Michigan
2017NCAARound of 64 win over Florida Gulf Coast
2017NCAARound of 32 loss to Xavier
2016NITFirst Round win over Davidson
2016NITSecond Round loss to Valparaiso
2014NITFirst Round win over Florida Gulf Coast
2014NITSecond Round win over Georgetown
2014NITRegional Semifinal win over Louisiana Tech
2014NITNational Semifinal loss to Minnesota
2013NITFirst Round loss to Louisiana Tech
2012NCAARound of 64 win over St. Bonaventure
2012NCAARound of 32 loss to Cincinnati
2011NCAARound of 64 win over Texas A&M
2011NCAARound of 32 win over Notre Dame
2011NCAARegional Semifinal loss to VCU
2010NCAARound of 64 loss to Gonzaga
2009NCAARound of 64 loss to Wisconsin
2008NITFirst Round loss to Akron
2007NITFirst Round win over Toledo
2007NITSecond Round win over Michigan
2007NITQuarterfinal loss to Mississippi State
*all team stats through 3/10