Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Florida St. Preview by Jim Meehan

Since Jim Meehan is on our show today, part of our Gonzaga Roundtable, here's a preview he wrote on the Zag's first round opponent, Florida State University.

It doesn’t take long to realize Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton truly likes his basketball team.

And he loves how they defend.

Since entering the profession in 1973, Hamilton has borrowed, copied and exchanged ideas with coaches he worked under, assistants he worked with and coaches he’s game-planned against. The result is a defensive philosophy that has become the foundation of his teams.

Hamilton’s ninth-seeded Seminoles, who will face No. 8 Gonzaga on Friday in Buffalo in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, have held their last seven opponents to 67 points or less. FSU leads the country in field-goal percentage defense (37.2). The Seminoles were ninth last season. Under Hamilton’s tutelage, the University of Miami’s 1998 team was No. 1 in field-goal percentage defense (37.9) and was ranked nationally four straight years.

You can read the full preview by clicking on the link, but it sounds like Gonzaga will have it's hands full. 

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