Here’s three things you need to know before the Charlotte 49ers (7-2) take on the Florida State Seminoles at the Tucker Center tonight at 7pm:
–The Seminoles come into this one at 6-3. Their losses have come to Michigan (in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off), Florida and Minnesota. They could conceivably be 8-1: their losses to the Wolverines and Gators came by a combined three points. At the Tucker Center, they’re 3-0.
–Florida State is led by Ian Miller and Okaro White, who have combined for 28.8 points a game and 9.4 rebounds an outing. Miller, by the way, is leading the team in scoring without a start this season (a la Charlotte’s Shawn Lester). Statistically, the Seminoles are doing it not just with offense (nearly 50% from the floor) but with defense (holding teams to 38.1% shooting and 66.2 points).
–Last season was a disappointment for Florida State as they looked to build on their stunning ACC tournament championship and second round appearance in the NCAA tournament. They only managed to go 18-16 (9-9 in league play) en route to a conference quarterfinal loss to North Carolina and a first round defeat at home against Louisiana Tech in the first round of the NIT. One of their wins was a 79-76 decision against the Niners last December 22 at Time Warner Cable Arena.
–Bonus: The Seminoles are one of two ACC teams the Niners will play this season. Georgia Tech, coming to town on the 29th, will be the second.