Monday, February 14, 2011

Florida State's Tournament Hopes Dealt a Huge Blow

Posted by CoHoops DeAnte Mitchell
In a conference starved of stars, the Florida State Seminoles (18-7, 8-3) forward Chris Singleton stuck out from the obvious superstars at Duke and North Carolina.

Singleton does almost everything you could want from a forward at the college level.

He gets into the passing lanes averaging 2.1 steals a game, while adding 1.6 blocks. This alone shows you how much of a threat he is on the defensive side of the ball.

Singleton also can create scoring opportunities for himself pacing Florida State with 13.8 points per game, while adding 7.1 rebounds.

For an offense that creates offense from it's defense, Singleton was the constant on the offensive side of the ball.

Now, Singleton looks to be sidelined for the rest of the season with a right foot fracture sustained in a win over the Virginia Cavaliers.

Without Singleton, the Seminoles are without their leading scorer, rebounder and defensive leader. There is no way to sugarcoat this injury; Florida State is a different team with Singleton sidelined.

As a team Florida State scores 69 points per game (156th in the nation), and shoots 43 percent (207th in the nation) from the field on the season.

However, despite the shaky offense, Florida State's success is built upon it's talented defense. The Seminoles rank second in the ACC in scoring defense holding teams to 61.6 points per game.

Florida State has the best field goal percentage defense in the ACC holding opponents to 35 percent from the field, and 30 percent from three.

The 'Noles leads the ACC in block shots (6.0 per game), and comes second in steals (8.8 per outing).

The Seminoles are on the outside looking in as far as a tournament bid goes. That notion is solidified especially with Singleton sidelined, but it's certainly not out of the picture.

Florida State has a favorable schedule with a huge match-up against North Carolina that could helps it's tournament resume.

A well-balanced offensive team could use an assertive Darwin Davis, who is best known for his performance in the upset of No. 1 Duke this season.

With an assertive Davis, and the utilization of the depth of the 'Noles, Florida State could play its way into a NCAA tournament bid.

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