The Florida State Seminoles (1-5) will play the Stanford Cardinal (2-3) in the consolation bracket of the ESPN Events Invitational at the State Farm Field House in Kissimmee, Florida on Friday. Florida State lost its opening round game of the tournament to Siena 80-63 on Thursday afternoon. Matthew Cleveland was the leading scorer for Florida State with 14 points but the Seminole shots only 34.6% overall. Stanford was defeated by Ole Miss in its opening-round game 72-68 on Thursday afternoon. Harrison Ingram was the leading scorer for Stanford with 24 points. Jeremy Bembry, Baba Miller and Jaylan Gainey are out for Florida State, while Stanford does not have any players listed on its injury report.
Florida State is giving up too much on defenseFlorida State gave up 80 points in its loss to Siena on Thursday and on the season the Seminoles are allowing an average of 76.3 points per game. Opponents are shooting 43.1% overall and 38.2% from behind the three-point line against the Seminoles defense. Florida State allowed Siena to shoot 51.9% overall and 40.9% from behind the three-point line. The Seminoles were outrebounded 31-29. Florida State's leading rebounder is Cam’Ron Fletcher with an average of 7.8 boards per game. While Caleb Mills is the leader in steals with an average of 2.2 per contest.
Florida State's offense is scoring an average of 68.5 points per game. The Seminoles are shooting only 42.4% overall and 35.7% from behind the line. In Thursday's loss to Siena, Florida State shot only 36.4% overall and 26.7% from three-point land, missing 11 of 15 three-point attempts. Darin Green Jr. is the leading scorer for Florida State with an average of 13.6 points per game but is shooting only 44.4%. Second leading scorer Caleb Mills is averaging 13.0 points per game and shoots 40.4% overall and a disappointing 28.6% from long range. Jalen Warley is the leader in assists with an average of 3.6 dishes per contest.
Stanford needs help on offense.Stanford is scoring an average of 69.6 points per game. The Cardinal are shooting 45.2% overall and 31.8% from behind the three-point line. In Thursday's loss to Ole Miss, Stanford shot only 40.4% overall and 31.8% from behind the line. The Cardinal missed 15 of 22 three-point attempts. Stanford's leading scorer is Michael Jones with an average of 13.8 points per game and Jones is hitting 50.0% of his shots, while in contrast Spencer Jones, who is the second leading scorer with an average of 11.0 points per game, is sinking only 33.3% of his shots. Harrison Ingram is the dish leader with an average of 4.2 assists per game.
Stanford's defense is allowing an average of 65.4 points per game but gave up 72 versus Ole Miss on Thursday. The Cardinal are holding opponents to an average of 42.1% shooting and 32.4% shooting from three-point land. Stanford allowed Ole Miss to shoot 50.0% overall and 36.4% from behind the line in Thursday's loss. The Cardinals were outrebounded 35-30. On the season, the leading rebounder is Harrison Ingram with an average of 5.5 boards per contest, while Michael O'Connell is the leader in steals with an average of 1.5 per game.
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Full-Game Side Bet
Florida State is off to a disappointing start having lost five of its first six and the Seminoles looked poor when losing to Siena by 17 points as 8.5-point favorites. Florida State is giving up far too much on defense allowing opponents to score 76.3 points per game and shoot 38.2% from three-point land. Florida State is allowing an average of 34.3 rebounds per game while the Seminoles are averaging 32.6 rebounds per game. Stanford lost to Ole Miss in its opening game of this tournament, but the Cardinal were in the game the whole way and could have won by hitting a few more of their three-point shots down the stretch. Florida State has failed to cover the spread in five of its first six games this season.
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As previously mentioned Florida State is allowing an average of 76.3 points per game and the total has not surprisingly finished over in three of the last four and in four of the first six for the Seminoles. Stanford is shooting a respectable 45.2% overall and averages 69.6 points per game. The Cardinal had the total finish over in their first game of this tournament Thursday when a combined score of 140 finished over the closing line of 132.5 points.