Seminole Cagers Pull Upset

The Florida State basketball team continued their hot start with a 85-67 blow-out upset of 10th ranked VCU. The 'Noles will play Michigan at 5:00 Friday afternoon in a semi-final match-up in the Puerto Rice Tip-Off tournament.

VCU was expected to expose FSU's limited depth, but that never materialized as FSU beat VCU at their own game, running up and down the floor. This was expected to be an offensively limited season for the 'Noles, however through four games FSU has five players that are scoring in double digits led Ian Miller (22 Thursday) and Devon Bookert (18). Okaro White, Aaron Thomas, and Montay Brandon complete the quintet.

"We don't ever go into a game trying to set a tempo, we just try to be who we are and take what the defensive gives us," Seminole coach Leonard Hamilton said. "We didn't go into the game saying we wanted to have an 85- or an 86-point game, what we wanted to do was try to come up with a way to win the game."

The 'Noles are getting just enough contributions from Robert Gilchrist, Jarquez Smith, Michael Ojo, and Boris Bojanovsky off the bench to give their starters some rest.

Miller's 22 points was a career-high and his third straight game in double-figures. He said cutting down on the turnovers is a work in progress.

"Since I've been here we've been having about 20 turnovers a game," he said. "So it's just something that we just got to keep working on. But we just keep finding ways to get back on defense ... we just got to see what we did wrong and try to fix it.

"We'll learn. We're still young and we're still finding ourselves."

Next up for FSU is a re-building Michigan team led by Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III, and Chris LeVert. The Wolvernines defeated Long Beach State 85-61 on Thursday night. Surprisingly NCAA darling Mitch McGary has gotten off to a slow start to this season and Michigan has already suffered a loss to Iowa State, they seem ripe for the upset.


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