BYU COUGARS (2-0)
vs. FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES (1-1)
Coaches vs. Cancer - Brooklyn, NY
Tip-off: Friday, 7:00 p.m. ET
Line: BYU -2, Total: 147.5
It will be a contrast in styles when run-and-gun BYU plays defensive-minded Florida State in Round 1 of Coaches vs. Cancer in Brooklyn Friday night.
This will be the first game away from home for both teams. BYU had little trouble with Tennessee State and Georgia State, while the Seminoles were stunned by South Alabama in their opener, an SU loss, but bounced back to blow out Buffalo by 27 points in their second game. FSU fared slightly better than the Cougars away from home last season, going 10-8 SU and 9-9 ATS in road and neutral court games, while BYU went 12-6 SU, but only 7-11 ATS outside of Provo.
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BYU is one of the most up-tempo teams in the nation. C Brandon Davies is emerging as a dominant big man, averaging 22.0 PPG on 74% FG, 8.0 RPG and 3.5 BPG through their first two games. While the Cougars lost last year’s star in Noah Hartsock, SG Tyler Haws has returned to the program after completing his church mission. Haws averaged 11.3 PPG as a freshman in 2009-10, and he’s shown no rust so far, averaging 22.0 PPG on 56% FG and 50% threes in his first two games back. PG Matt Carlino is averaging 10.0 PPG and 8.5 APG. BYU allowed its first two opponents to shoot just 34.6% FG.
The difference in FSU’s season-opening loss to South Alabama came from behind the arc. The ‘Noles shot just 5-for-21 from three while USA hit 9-of-15. Primary scorer Michael Snaer shot just 2-for-11 FG in that game, finishing with 10 points. However, he did bounce back to score 19 points in 21 minutes on 5-for-10 FG (4-for-7 on threes) in Monday’s 95-68 blowout of Buffalo. FSU shot 10-for-18 from behind the arc as a team. FSU is essentially breaking in 3 1/2 new starters around Snaer. Junior PF Okaro White, who started 12 games last season, is averaging 11.0 PPG on 62% FG through the first two games. SG Terry Whisnant II, who started the opener then came off the bench against Buffalo, has provided a spark on the outside. He’s averaging 10.0 PPG and has shot 5-for-9 from three. Last year he shot just 27.5% from behind the arc in limited minutes.