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FSU men's basketball preview

Florida State men's basketball

Coach: Leonard Hamilton (106-86, seventh season; 306-296 overall)

Last season: 19-15 (7-9 in the ACC, tied for seventh). Lost in the first round of the NIT.

Notable: Hamilton has an established star in senior G Toney Douglas, who led the team in scoring (15.4 ppg), assists (2.9) and steals (2.6), but the coach will rely on youth like at no other time in his tenure. Especially with senior F Uche Echefu (10.0 ppg and team-best 7.3 rpg) questionable — he had offseason arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and has barely practiced. … Heralded freshman F Chris Singleton, just the school's eighth McDonald's All-American, has been slowed by a groin injury but is expected to start. … PG Derwin Kitchen, a junior-college transfer, hasn't been cleared academically. That not only will force Douglas to play point guard more than Hamilton expected but open the door for freshman Luke Loucks, the former Clearwater High star who had 19 assists in the two exhibitions, to see plenty of time.

Roster

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.

0 Pierre Jordan G 6-0 165 Fr.

1 Xavier Gibson F/C 6-11 225 Fr.

2 Jordan DeMercy G/F 6-7 208 So.

3 Luke Loucks G 6-5 205 Fr.

4 Deividas Dulkys G 6-5 195 Fr.

21 Brian Hoff G 6-6 197 Sr.

22 Derwin Kitchen G 6-4 197 So.

23Toney Douglas G 6-2 205 Sr.

31 Chris Singleton F 6-9 220 Fr.

32 Solomon Alabi C 7-1 241 R-Fr.

41 Uche Echefu F 6-9 225 Sr.

42 Ryan Reid F 6-8 235 Jr.

Schedule

Today at Jacksonville 7

Tuesdayat LaSalle 7

ThursdayStetson 8

Nov. 22 Coastal Carolina # 7

Nov. 24 Western Illinois # 7

Nov. 28 vs. Cincinnati # 10:30

Nov. 29 vs. UNLV/Cal # 8/10:30

Dec. 3 at Northwestern * 9:30

Dec. 7 Florida 6

Dec. 13 at Georgia State 4

Dec. 16 Tennessee Tech 7

Dec. 18 Charleston So.7

Dec. 21 Pittsburgh 5:30

Dec. 28 vs. Western Ky. ## 4

Jan. 3 Texas A&M-C.C. 2

Jan. 10 Duke 2

Jan. 14 at N.C. State 7

Jan. 17Maryland Noon

Jan. 21 at Miami 7:30

Jan. 24 at Virginia 4

Jan. 28 North Carolina 9

Feb. 5 Georgia Tech 7

Feb. 7 at Clemson 7

Feb. 10 Virginia 7

Feb. 14 at Wake Forest 4

Feb. 18 Miami 7

Feb. 21 at Virginia Tech 8

Feb. 25 at Boston College 9

Feb. 28 Clemson 2

March 3 at Duke 8

March 8 Virginia Tech 2

March 12-15 ACC Tournament**

# Global Sports Classic (last two games in Las Vegas); * ACC/Big Ten Challenge; ## Orange Bowl Classic, Sunrise; ** Atlanta

FSU men's basketball preview 11/14/08 [Last modified: Friday, November 14, 2008 9:14pm]
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