Home Record: 5-0
Road Record: 1-1
Neutral Site Record: 4-1
At Florida (RPI: 11): 73-71
vs. Hofstra (RPI: 107): 77-82
Florida State has only lost two games, and while the Hofstra loss looks bad right now, expect them to finish in the Top-100 of the RPI rankings. They will compete for the Colonial Athletic Conference championship. The loss to Iowa in overtime on the road isn't a terrible loss, but the Seminoles would have liked to come away from that game with a win.
Florida State picked up an impressive RPI win against No. 11 Florida on the road. The Seminoles got the out of conference win that they needed to boost their resume with a tough ACC schedule looming.
As far as the team goes there was a lot to like about what the Seminoles were able to do during the first 12 games of the season. Freshmen Dwayne Bacon and Malik Beasley were everything we expected them to be. Both Beasley and Bacon are averaging more than 16.5 points per game, and Beasley has scored in double digits in every game this season. They're also the team leaders in rebounds per game averaging 5-plus.
Those two aren't the only players that have stepped up for the Seminoles though. Last year's leading scorer Xavier Rathan-Mayes is also averaging double digits at 11.4 points, and leads the team in assists per game at 5.8
Florida State is ahead of where I though they would be at this point in the season. The team is gaining confidence in each other, and each player's role has been defined. The Seminoles have three players that can score, and a number of other players that are buying into their roles. This team isn't as good as they are going to be at the end of the season, and, if they continue their progress and get there, will be a team that other teams will hope to avoid in the NCAA Tournament.