Your Florida State ACC Tournament basketball preview!

#15 R.P.I. Florida State vs. #25 R.P.I. Virginia Tech: 

Virginia Tech men’s basketball returns to the court on a National Basketball Association ‘esque back-to-back days to take on the likewise NC2A March Madness bound Florida State Seminoles at ~2:30 pm on ESPN for your made for Tell championship week matinee.

The no.16 in the nation Hokies must now face the no.12 team in the nation in the third round of the 2019 Atlantic Coast Conference post-season tournament for their eye of the Hurricane troubles. This will be the second meeting of these two schools in right at nine days time so they should know each other pretty well inside and out as modern era scouting reports go. Might even be a rub or a row as this one could get testy as this is a classical squared-circle match-up of the puncher (F.s.u.) vs. the boxer (VT). Though you wanna know who gets their hand raised in the end, right? Read on, to find… out!

Florida State Head CoachJames Leonard Hamilton: age=70, 550–424 (.565) overall, 350–214 (.621) at Florida State.

Baller Hamilton played college basketball at the University of Tennessee at Martin; where he had the tag of an outburst scorer (55 max’, their all-time single-game mark).

Who does coach Leo’ look like to you?
The Predator Gatling Gun guy; a, little?

After this Leo’ went into coaching and won the 1978 NCAA Championship under old-school Coach Joe B. Hall at Kentucky. He is a two-time A.c.c. Coach of the Year (2oo9, 2o12) and he is also the first coach to be named coach of the year in both the Big East (Miami Hurricane, 1995, 1999), and the A.c.c. His teams have qualified for seven NCAA tournaments and eight N.I.T.’s. He was the old-school U.P.I. National Coach of the Year in 1995 for da U; and he has won two conference championships (1 B.E., 1 A.c.c.).

Coach Leo’ is the Winningest Coach in Florida State History (27o wins) and the 8th all-time Winningest Coach in A.c.c. History (27o wins). He also coached one season for the Washington Bullet’s, though was un-retained by #45 M.J. himself. Leo -a Master’s degree holder his ownself- is an ace coach in the and former classrooms as more than 94%t of his players have earned their degrees. Bravo Leo! And the Coach Hamilton coaching tree has already sired eight other D-1 men’s head coaches. Very Pat Riley ‘esque; as Coach Hamilton teams’ have enjoyed a stinging defensive rep’ for many years.

Hamilton’s induction into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame marks the fifth Hall of Fame he will be a member of during his illustrious career. He is also a member of the Austin Peay State University, the University of Tennessee at Martin and University of Miami Athletic Hall of Fames.  Hamilton received the 2015 Alumnus of Distinction award from Gaston (N.C.) College at its 50th Anniversary Gala on May 16, 2015. earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Tennessee-Martin in 1971 and received his Master’s Degree in Physical and Health Education from Austin Peay State in 1973.

Daddy Leo’ is married to Claudette Hamilton. Claudette is a volunteer tutor, and they have two children: Lenny, 23, a musician; and daughter Allison, 8.

Florida State at a glance:

  • 29th in FG percentage D (49.5% allowed).
  • 43rd most FT-makes (∑=499).
  • 48th in Rebounding Margin (+4.4 rpg).
  • 59th in swats (4.3 bpg).
  • 74th in offensive boarding (11.52 o-rpg).
  • 77th in Swipes (7.2 spg).
  • 298th most personal-fouls “whistled” against (19.4 pfg).
  • (everything else 245th or better, C— at least).
  • NO injuries listed. THX @Coach God!
  • UPDATE: most F.s.u. defensive stats have actually tightened up since o3.o5.19, remarkably enough.

F.s.u. Returning Starters=2

Florida State Strengths:

  • LOVED the team photogs in old-school 1950’s matching suits and ties. Very trig, very classy.
  • VERY well-seasoned team class-rank wise.
  • DEPTH. There is a metric ton of it here.
  • Last year Terance Mann was da main-man down in Tallahassee; as Terance paced the ‘Noles in three different major categories. The 6′7″, 215 lb., senior season Wing is now second in scoring down four points to 11.5 ppg, on a Sizzlean team and nearly A.c.c. leading 3-point FG percentage (47%), and then he mixes in 6.3 rpg in board-work on the fiberglass. That’s all; no big deal, nothing to see here— and that’s not half bad from a kid with a needs “to expand his offensive game” tag. Now mix in virtually a teamwide first-best 79.9% FT-shooting and 52% overall and you have just that, an expanding game that might just expand all the way into an overseas pay-$tub. As this Mann can get to the basket; he’s equal parts Two and/or Three; he can offensively rebound. This Mann is also durable (119 consecutive game streak); he’s a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) at Florida State; and said to be a tremendous character off-court for it. Mann was ranked no.43 in America outta high school according to ESPN; the Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year in the state of New Hampshire in 2015; and said to field a very high basketball I.Q. to boot. Terance is named after his grandmother, Terancia…his dad, Eustace (never ever read that one anywhere else, before my reposed V.P.I. ’52 pop’s), was an avid soccer player in his prime. May St.Eustace (the Jägermeister emblem inspiration) super bless!!! Neat kid; mix in being third in steals (.7 spg) and dropping 2.4 apg and it kinda reads like someone ran a sporting set of Excel crosstabs on a box score and Terance was the, output. (Though he does have a history of concussions; Lord have Mercy!)
    “O, Deer God” indeed!
  • If Big East yesteryear Big basketball is your thang you’ve come to the right skyscraper, place; as 14′2″ and 518 lbs. says so! That’s what the Center rotation of:  r-Soph. Mfiondu Kabengele and r-Jr. year Christ Koumadje bring to the Seminole Pivotal table down-low. Length, size, stretch… in the G.State.shoot backcourt selfie era; this is the answer to: “where’s the beef?” As nearly, ~29 ppg, ~13 rpg and ~4 bpg (combined) do not middle-work suck. One #21, 7′4″, 268 lb. Sr. year -and nearly 30 lbs. filled-in or filled-out since we opposed him last- Christ Koumadje is a scrabble point triple-double surname and very fitting for any imported true-Five from N’Djamena, Chad. Cee.K’ is said to be a shot blocking machine. Koumadje’s shooting is down from last year by ~5%, all the way to 62% from the floor. Although Kou’ has added about ~40 lbs. of right mass since he got to Tally as he was still kinda string-bean looking two years ago. And yet he still looks like he could (easily) add another 10 lbs. of sinew this year. Same as a couple of previews ago… Koumadje won a national championship at Montverde Academy a few years back. Height runs in his family with a 6′4″ mum and a 7′3″, uncle; wow! And Coach Ham’ says Koumadje has improved on offense as much as anyone he’s ever coached; although he has been dinged up for most of 2017 and off/on earlier this season. Hence the most modest 2019 stat-line of: 6.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg and a mere 2 bpg on 56% FTA’s. And Christ has Risen up indeed of late… what with: 10.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks over the last six contests.
  • All world recruit M.J. Walker and his 8 ppg on 35% may not be entirely disappointing; technically speaking; nonetheless, they are not entirely, appointing; either. As this chiseled 6′5″, 213 lb. soaring, scoring, leaping athletic freak was said to be 1-n-done by every one of my preview mag’s. A legit ***** (5-star) specimen type recruit; with a high school’ rep’ for being a bullying type scorer just two years ago. (sky)-Walker was the no.8 baller in the nation in hoops (ESPN); and only had football scholarship offers from Clemson, Miami (Fla.) and Michigan… as he was an outstanding dual-threat athlete as an Fs and as a Wr. Kinda a ‘bron’bron with more of a finishing ‘tude; and yah; mum’s won the national (hoops) title at Hampton whereas her baby-boy only won 4-Georgia States’. The sky’s prolly still the limit here; even if M.J.’s early start has not been quite so stratospheric… just yet. As 35% deep and 78% from the charity-stripe are serviceable enough. As his very hyped-up game really only wants for: “consistency” at the moment.
    Centers of, attention… 1o1.
  • One #25, 6′10″, 250 lb. “man’s game, son!” Mfiondu Kabengele is, legit. As in very, as in a very difficult very industrious frontcourt match-up. This from a kid who sources said: “rededicated himself to the weight-room” this past off-season and went out and found 22 lbs. of right-mass if you need him. He’s also a 2018 all-A.c.c. Academic Basketball Team member so props insert (____) here, check. As clearly an imported version of ‘fiondu is a worker-bee delicacy who drones on, on-court and off. Per numerous off-season Dribbling drills, taking the ball to the rack and film-study on the game itself. This plus cutting bad-flab-mass before tightening-up his quick-first-jump 7′2″ wingspan flight-shool game. This from the 65th ranked prospect in America (247Sports), this from a kid who entered his senior scholastic season of hoops at: 6′7″or S/F in traditional 1 through 5 positional assignment basis, height. So yah; Mister Kabengele is still figuring this thing called roundball -not to mention… he’s still figuring his sudden growth spurt body- out. He figures on being a six or seven digit Pro’ if he’s not real careful… as leading F.s.u. in scoring (13.2 ppg), second in rebounding (5.5 rpg) and second again in swatting (1.3 bpg) does not suck. In particular, it does not suck for a still undercooked or at least medium-rare baller. Now mix in a very sporty 40% from downtown, 77% from the charity-stripe on 52% overall and you have to wonder just how talented this south of his apparent basketball developmental ceiling this kid truly is? As not one, (n)one of my preview magazines spent more than two sentences on this Seminole or alpha scorer pre-season. I’d call that Most Improved A.c.c. and former NBA standout Dikembe Mutombo calls Mfiondu Kabengele: “nephew”. Although you should call him “sir”. And you’ll prolly be calling him an overseas pro’ or maybe even an N.b.a. ballar come 2020 or 2021.

Florida State Weaknesses:

  • F.s.u. is not totally nubile-juvenile, although they ain’t senior heavy and super-experienced, either.
  • Brian Angola-Rodas (15 ppg) left early, and back-ups C.J. Walker and Ike Obiagu (7′1″, C) are gonzo as well.
  • Despite being what Lindy’s called: “one of the deepest teams in the land“, superstar or go-to talent may or may not live here. As F.s.u. sure looks like a banded group of B— to B+++ brothers that lacks a true superstar next level take the game over guy.
  • Tyrone Outlaw was nursing his very own “foot injury” in the 2nd-half although he was cleared by trainers to return if need be. St.Sebastian, bless!

Seminole Bench: (depth=6+, ticker, thicker, thickest on pine-squad depth)

Senior, 6′4″, 210 lb., Vegas native and Sheridan College transfer 2-Guard PJ Savoy has a history of dings-n-dents that make you wonder what he would have been if he had only been 100% good-to-go. As his (right knee) has limited him to 6.4 ppg and 1.5 rpg in relief. Savoy is a long-range specialist who provides air cover for the troops down low. As he is ranked eighth in school history with a .388 mark from the bonusphere. This year however Savoy has taken 159 shot attempts, 132 of which from 20′9″ or beyond— as this guy is a court spreader through and through (on 31.1% long).

6′8″, 230 lb., final year r-Sr., Forward Phil Cofer -who was surprisingly/mercifully granted a medical hardship waiver by the NCAA on May 25, 2018 giving him a fifth season to play and lead the Seminoles last year as a now fifth-year redshirt senior during the 2018-19 season- P.C. did drop you a steadying 12.7 ppg (now down to 7 ppg) and was actually second in rebounding last season at 5.9 caroms per contest (now down to 3.7 rpg). 34% from beyond the arc is serviceable for a home position Four —this from a kid with an offensive rebounding tag (over 100 in his career) who finishes hard at the rim. His mum (Reba) ran ball at Tennessee for the national champion Lady Vols and his old man (Michael) only played football at Tennessee and then Pops only played 10 seasons in the N.F.L., all with the DET.Lions and was named to the Pro Bowl in 1988. Dang… so yah; the Cofer Genome Athletics Project is most willing here indeed. That and Phil’ (who has a history of ankle surgeries (Godspeed) also has his very own giving back philanthropic video; impressive; may St.Philip bless and intercede as this kid has paid his dues to keep on playing this game.

Trent Forrest is a 6′4″, 210 lb. third-year Wing or off-G who you want to go buy beer for you. As this guy is Robert Parrish syndrome all over again and looks the 30-something part. Already. In addition to that, and in addition to being a part-time starter, Forrest is chipping in with a third-best 9.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg and a team pacing 3.8 apg. Or an all-’round roundball glue-guy if there ever was one. Forrest is also rather quietly just about to crack the Top-10 at F.s.u. in all time swipes (∑=153) and he will give you a five-finger discount and pick a pocket or three if you are not handy enough on the dribble. Trent has a rep’ for clutch play— just ask his ante in the NC2A’s last spring. This from the 45h ranked baller in the nation per ESPN who finishes strong at the rim, has good size and strength for a combo-G and who has an on-floor player-coach vibe to him. Who also won a slew of high academic awards all while being an outburst scorer down in Georgia. (don’t read that hand-n-hand very often; do yah?) Additionally, Trent has also pocketed several 6th-man-of-the-Year awards from several hoops services in his first two years down in Tally. (UPDATE: whispers say: “PROBABLE” with a toe hurt, here; St.Sebastian bless)

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Number of Seminoles who could Westworld @Tech=4, sum may say "5 or 6".

the takeaway:
The takeaway here is… Virginia Tech just played a helluva an efficacious game vs. the Miami Hurricanes. Winning the A.c.c. round #2 match-up by a smooth looking fifteen points (or 71-56).

An opening 2019 Atlantic Coast Championship effort in which Buzzketball never trailed and actually ‘caned (or led) Miami for a stunning 96% of the contest! This courtesy of an extremely welcome/needed 21% of our Wednesday points actually substituted in from our bench. Which is pretty staggering when you consider that Outlaw tweaked a hammie to boot.

Or to put it another way… efficiency max’ like ^dat^ sans your no.1 Pt.Guard is pretty dang hard to do. As that’s code for coaching the verb and synergy the noun folks.

The only question is… how synergistic can we R.A.T.T. be on a ~21-hour turn vs. the 23rd nationally ranked team out of 351 D-1 teams in… Defensive Efficiency?

And oh yes, this vs. one of the very deepest teams in the A.c.c.
Or in the land…


V.Tech is 1.00 (5-o) on neutral courts whereas F.s.u. has gone .8oo (4-1) when neither home or away.

Our handy-dandy friend the so-called Forum Guide of Graham Houston fame is still calling for a mere 1 point and change Seminole VomiT win when constructed upon a season balance; although the seemingly more constructive sans J.Rob’ version of the Forum Guide is now calling for just under a seven-point F.s.u. triumph.

The annualized year-to-date vitals say that… V.Tech is up +3% in shooting percentage margin (all on O), V.Tech is up +6% in 3-point percentage margin (again, all on O) and yet F.State is up +3 boards in rebounding margin for the duration.

The most recent 5-game metrics say that… V.Tech is now up +2% in shooting percentage margin (with VT better on O and worse on D), V.Tech is now up a staggering +15% in 3-point percentage margin (more on O tho’ better on D as well) and nearly absurdly, V.Tech is now ahead by +6 in rebounding margin in the last fortnight of play. w0w!

V.Tech is up a whopping 9% at the charity stripe for the year.

  • The ‘Noles have only been beaten once since o1.2o.2019. Winners of 12 of their last 13 if you are keeping score at home. As Florida State sure has come a long way from starting the A.c.c. season with four L’s in the initial five intra-league games.
  • During said 12 Seminole wins, only twice has F.s.u. won by ≤9 points. i.e. the ‘Noles have been rolling.
  • F.s.u. had to play the top 3 teams in the A.c.c. just one time each in the regular season, going o-3 against Virginia, North Carolina, and Duke.
  • F.s.u. has a stellar five seniors in their top-8 rotation who combine for over a quarter century worth of… experience.
  • Virginia Tech led the A.c.c. with 292 made 3-pointers during the regular season.
  • Tyrone Outlaw suffered a dreaded no-contact “left-foot injury” during the 2nd-half vs. Miami. As his right foot landed flush with the floor on a 3-point attempt and his left-heel landed off the floor (arching/elevated). Which makes no sense at all. Was said to be cleared to return by the training-staff tho’ that’s the very side an orthodox or righty shooter needs most. May St.Sebastian bless!

    Outlaw VT foot and ankle hurts, NOW!
  • Florida State, which owns a 34-22 all-time record against Virginia Tech.

the call

This is what I said at the end of the F.s.u. @Tally preview just at a fortnight ago…

“And in equational form, it should look something like this…

(Thursday) physicality >>> finesse (Wednesday)

g.Patton vs. b.Montgomery if you will…
and that prolly will prove to be…

A Bridge Too Far.”

So on the Association ‘esque short-turn, can our mad-scientist big whistle go Rommel and out-Fox F.s.u. here?

Notice up above the following Hokie advantages… a big fat edge in FT-shooting— and this is one of the few national power conference tournaments with a rep’ for letter-of-the-law stickler type conference championship “whistling”.

73-59 F.s.u. is where I went last time and -thx @Coach God- only missed us by two shots. Though we had our regular chance(s) to steal this one down in Tallahassee. 21 misses from the floor -a staggering 19 of which were misses from long-range- or three FTA’s that went “clack”.

Just net any one of those paint-chippers and we were golden there.

Or to put it another way…

Is Florida State the rightful fave on six days rest?

Do we deny that?

Though is Florida State beyond Vah.Tech’s reach?

Do we deny that?

So we do have a shot here —foreshadowing and pun intended alike.

Nonetheless, 200% more turnovers as we just did @Tally -very unlike Buzzketball as butterfingers went- once again vs. F.s.u. and even a good shooting Hokie ship is prolly sunk. As we gave the ball away 14 times last game and that’s 14 more (potential) additional tie-breaking shots we did not drain, much less; take. Or as the Brit’s say… “it’s all in the maths.”

Because… last time out vs. F.s.u. -in their own backyard- we out-shoot F.s.u. by 3% overall, 2% from deep and we netted 80% at the charity stripe. So just hold on to the damn ball, be patient/focused/efficient, STAY CLOSE, and that the noose-knot of pressure choke and/or hang favored F.s.u. up. And oh yes, keeping winning from the 3-point-line, the FT-line, and (somehow) keep upsetting F.s.u. on the backboard(s) in the post-season swing-vote otherwise known as: rebounding margin.

So presuming Hokie hoops S&C and cardiopulmonary conditioning all hold-up, and presuming no foul-trouble attrition to shorten our likely 1 to 1+ man bench… and with judicious use of Timeouts more so to space out Rest & Recuperation… don’t bet your life that Buzz won’t outwit Leo’ here.

As this one is a Smokey & the Bandit type of contest men…
or a race to double-nickels or 55 {sic: points}.

First one there?

(61% confidence interval)

Virginia Tech=68, Florida State=64







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  1. Boom,,,,,well played. Hokies got their 3 pointer mojo working & that cuts 7 foot trees in half!!!

    Let’s Go…Hokies!!!

    1. Pay side hitting me with good/solid points tho’…

      what-if Leo’ figured Buzzketball out at halftime down in Tally?
      what-if F.s.u. just wears VeeTee down then out in the final 20 minutes?


  2. we’ll see if we can keep up the 3 point barrage for two in a row. let’s go Med!

  3. Wow Hokies 1 pt Favorite
    And predictor and matchup predictor has a 65% favorite

    1. Seeing that only serves to dutifully remind me… on 6 days rest, with favorable
      internal match-ups galore? I know NOTHING about sports.
      Zip. Zero. Zilch.


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