2020-21 Season

Scouting Florida State with coaches who faced them

After Florida State ended his team’s season, Colorado coach Tad Boyle gave a blunt assessment of why the Buffaloes could score all of 53 points in a blowout loss.

“You can simulate certain things preparing for Florida State,” Boyle said, “but you cannot simulate their length. … We’ve faced pressure before, and we’ve faced switching defenses before and we’ve handled it better before. We didn’t handle it very well tonight.”

Juwan Howard, like Boyle before him, knows what’s coming as Michigan readies to face the Seminoles on Sunday night. They’re long. They switch everything. They press, offensive rebound and get out in transition. The issue is not figuring it out, but finding a way to beat it.

UM Hoops spoke with three coaches who faced Florida State this year, two on the condition of anonymity, in order to get a candid sense of the matchup.

“The first thing you have to kinda ask yourself is how you’re gonna protect the ball against their pressure full court and their denials,” one coach said. 

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