The Florida State Seminoles will host the Western Carolina Catamounts in an inter-conference tilt Friday night from the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Catamounts recorded a 7-25 regular-season record last year and tallied a 90-64 home win against North Carolina AT&T in their previous tilt. The Seminoles posted a stellar 29-8 record last season, and are coming off a big 63-51 road win against Florida. This is the first meeting between these schools since 2001.
Western Carolina Seek Third Straight Win
The Western Carolina Catamounts have bounced back from their season-opening defeat by recording two straight wins. The Catamounts battled a tough opponent against Georgia in their first game and earned wins against Gardner-Webb and North Carolina AT&T in their last two games. Mason Faulkner is locked in so far, netting at least 20 points in two of three games which included 21 points in the defeat to Georgia. The junior guard transferred over from a solid Northern Kentucky program. Faulkner did not play last season due to transfer rules and averaged 5.6 points in the 2017-2018 season. He leads WCU with 18.7 PPG this season.
Carlos Dotson is also playing well to open the season, averaging 15.3 points and 10 boards. The senior forward scored 15 points in the victory against North Carolina AT&T on Tuesday night. Dotson led the Catamounts with 13.9 points last season, and he secured a double-double in the loss to Georgia. Kameron Gibson is scuffling early, converting on 10 of 30 field-goal attempts for an average 11 of points in three games.
Western Carolina was projected to finish in 7th place in the Southern Conference in the preseason poll, and are ranked at 196th in Ken Pomeroy's rankings. The Catamounts are averaging 77 points through three games, ranking them 129th overall. They have allowed an average of 71.3 points, placing them 227th in the country.
Florida State Stuns #6 Florida in Upset Win
The Florida State Seminoles have played an ACC and SEC opponent in their first two games. The Seminoles came up just short in a 63-61 road loss against Pittsburgh and countered with a 63-51 upset road win against #6 Florida in a game that had FSU as 5.5 point underdogs.
The Seminoles basketball program has excelled over the last few years although this year could present a challenge with the loss of their top two scorers. Trent Forrest is a solid player that should be a leader this year. The senior guard averaged 9.3 points and 4.5 boards last season and scored 19 points in the season-opening defeat to Pittsburgh and eight points against Florida.
M.J. Walker is struggling right now but should find his shooting touch. The junior guard is only 3 for 14 from the field in two games for a combined 16 points after logging 7.5 PPG last season. Watch for Patrick Williams who was a five-star recruit. The freshman forward could take time to adjust. He has tallied a combined nine points and four blocks in two games.
The Seminoles are not ranked in the AP Top 25, but Ken Pomeroy has them at 11th in the country in his rankings. Florida State was voted to finish in fifth place in the 15-team ACC which is again a deep conference. The Seminoles scored an average of 74.9 points last year, ranking them 112th in the country. They were a strong defensive squad that limited opponents to 67.2 points, good for 59th overall.
The Western Carolina Catamounts are:
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against the ACC.
- 8-21-1 ATS in their last 30 Friday games.
The top supporting trends found on covers.com are as follows: The Florida State Seminoles are:
- 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games.