as Florida Getting ready to wrap up 2022, the Seminoles will spend New Year’s Eve in one of the most unfriendly road environments in college basketball.
FSU (4-10, 2-1 ACC) travels to Durham, NC to take on No. 14 Duke (10-3, 1-1 ACC) at Cameron Indoor Stadium (1 p.m., ESPN2) . It’s one of the tougher places to play for opposing teams, with Blue Devils fans known as the Cameron Crazies crammed into the 9,314-seat arena.
It might be a daunting challenge for a young team like the Seminoles with seven freshmen, but the coach Leonard Hamilton Know your team has to step aside.
“I’d tell them: ‘Nobody’s going to jump out of the stands to block shots, steals or shots,'” Hamilton said. “So we have to exclude everything else not included in the 94 x 50 [basketball court size]. We try not to do that much, except we have to focus, we have to huddle more, communicate more.
“However, once the game starts, in most cases, you don’t hear a lot. You focus on the game and we hope our players are mature enough to deal with it.”
FSU is winless on the road (0-2), and the program hasn’t won at Duke since Jan. 21, 2012, but the Seminoles went 79-78 last season on Jan. 18, 2022. Defeated the Blue Devils in Tallahassee.
It was a tough start for Hamilton’s team, which was forced to deal with a string of injuries and suspensions that allowed FSU to start 1-9 for the first time since 1956-57. But the Seminoles have managed to piece together a solid picture, winning three of their last four, including wins over Louisville and Notre Dame.
forward Camron Cohen The true freshman scored a career-high 18 points in a win over Fighting Irish on Dec. 21. Corhen (7.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game) started three straight games in place of the injured Naheem McLeod.
“Cam is a very competitive young man,” Hamilton said. “But like most freshmen, when you start talking about throws, side throws, zone offense, zone defense, tight end offense, all the defensive schemes — when you start packing all of that into first — there’s no doing Year-round players who have been through any of these things, they have to go through a learning process.
“It’s a challenge for Cam, but he’s so competitive that he seems to be working on it.”