San Juan, PR (SportsNetwork.com) - The Florida State Seminoles will attempt to knock off a second straight ranked opponent, as they take on the 14th-ranked Michigan Wolverines in the second round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Friday.
Leonard Hamilton's Seminoles have been sharp in the early going, and enter Friday's action with a perfect 4-0 mark. The team opened the campaign with three straight double-digit wins over Jacksonville (91-67), UCF (80-68) and most recently UT-Martin (89-61). before recording their most impressive win of the season with Thursday's rout of 10th-ranked VCU, 85-67.
John Beilein's Wolverines were the seventh-ranked team in the country last week and certainly looked the part of a top 10 squad with two easy wins at home over UMass-Lowell (69-42) and South Carolina State (93-59). However, the team's first game outside of Ann Arbor resulted in a 77-70 setback at Iowa State on Sunday. The team was able to get back in the win column on Thursday, with a first-round win over Long Beach State (85-61).
This is the third meeting between these two teams. The series is currently tied, 1-1. The winner of this game will take on either Charlotte or Northeastern for the tournament title on Sunday.
Michigan set a tournament record with 14 3-pointers, cruising past Long Beach State on Thursday. Nik Stauskas was responsible for four of those 3-pointers and led the way with 24 points. Caris LeVert had an impressive game as well, pouring in 20 points. Glenn Robinson III was instrumental in the victory, chipping in with 14 points. The Wolverines shot 66.7 percent from the floor in the second half and finished the day at a 53.4 percent clip.
The loss to Iowa State aside, the numbers are quite good for Michigan, which enjoys a +19.5 scoring margin, averaging 79.2 ppg, while giving up just 59.8 ppg. Scoring balance comes as four of the five starters are averaging double figures, led by Stauskas' 19.0 ppg. LeVert isn't far behind at 16.5 ppg, followed by Robinson (13.5 ppg) and Derrick Walton Jr. (10.0 ppg).
The Seminoles continued their strong offensive play, blowing by the Rams in Thursday's opening round. Ian Miller led the way with a game-high 22 points. Devon Bookert was close behind with 18 points, while Montay Brandon recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Scoring hasn't been a problem for FSU this season, as the team has gone over 80 points in all four games thus far and is averaging 86.2 ppg on a sizzling .537 shooting percentage. The team has also posted strong defensive numbers, limited the opposition to just 65.8 ppg on a meager .359 shooting. Scoring options are abundant, with five players currently in double figures, led by Miller at 17.0 ppg. Bookert is a close second at 16.0 ppg, followed by Okaro White (15.5 ppg), Aaron Thomas (11.3 ppg) and Brandon (10.8 ppg).