Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seminoles Know 'Canes in a Zone; FSU Must Counter Miami's ACC-Best Defense with Good Ball Movement, Shooting

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seminoles Know 'Canes in a Zone; FSU Must Counter Miami's ACC-Best Defense with Good Ball Movement, Shooting

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Byline: BOB THOMAS

TALLAHASSEE -- After dissecting Wake Forest's half-court zone defense with sharp ball movement and shooting, the Florida State men's basketball team will test its new-found confidence against the Atlantic Coast Conference's top scoring defense.

The Seminoles can climb over .500 in league play with a victory over Miami and its stifling zone today at Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.

"We know they're going to come out and play a lot of zone against us," FSU senior guard Andrew Wilson said of the Hurricanes. "It's something we've been working on a lot -- our zone attack. I think we're getting a lot better, and I think we showed that [Tuesday] night."

Wilson drilled four 3-pointers during an 18-point performance off the bench against the Demon Deacons. Fellow reserve Jerel Allen added three 3-pointers as the Seminoles won, 75-68, and continued their torrid four-game shooting streak.

FSU has connected on 35-of-71 3-point attempts (49.2 percent) in its last four games. That's a timely streak with Miami up next.

Leaning on their zone, the Hurricanes lead the ACC in scoring defense (61.8 points per game). Miami counts on the guard trio of Anthony Harris, Guillermo Diaz and Robert Hite to pressure the perimeter, allowing big men Anthony King and Gary Hamilton to crash the glass and contest any shots that come from the paint.

"They eliminate the odds of getting a lot of shots in the lane because of the big hands they've got back there [and] the physicality of those two big boys," Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton said.

Not long ago, FSU would turn light-headed and lethargic offensively at the sight of a zone defense. But with renewed focus on improving that deficiency, the Seminoles are beginning to realize the benefits of better ball movement.

"There have been times when we've played so well against zones, you would think we might need to issue some [instructional] videos or something," Hamilton said. "I think we have much more of a mature approach now. . . . We've spent a lot of quality time working on zone [offense], and I think now it doesn't matter what kind of combination of guys we have on the floor, all of them are pretty much now in sync together."

FSU's budding confidence and improved execution comes with Miami and Clemson -- the two ACC teams most likely to play zone defense -- up next on the schedule, and at home. …

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