Paradise Jam Preview

This weekend the FSU basketball team is taking part in the Paradise Jam, a tournament hosted in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. FSU is one of eight teams who will all play three games as part of the tournament. The ‘Noles who enter the tournament 2-0 on the young season will be challenged with the task of playing three games in three days on their hunt for a Paradise Jam Trophy. FSU opens play today at 3:30 against Hofstra (2-0) on CBS Sports Network.

Let’s take a look at FSU’s possible opponents: 

Hofstra (2-0): The Pride have began the season with 2 straight wins using their potent offensive attacks as a tool to slice opponent’s defenses up. Hofstra has scored 96 points in both their games while giving up an average of 74.5 PPG to their opponents. They are a very balanced team as they have six players averaging between 12.5 and 16.5 PPG. 

South Carolina (2-0): South Carolina enters the tournament averaging 84 PPG in their first two games while giving up 67.5 PPG on average. They are led by senior forward Laimonas Chatkevicius (20 PPG) and junior guard Duane Notice (16 PPG).

DePaul (1-1): DePaul comes in at 1-1 after dropping their last game to Penn State (62-68). The Blue Demons are giving up 65.5 PPG while scoring the same amount on average. They are shooting an ugly 15.7% from three point land this year, this is evident as their two leading scorers, guard Billy Garrett (16 PPG) and forward Myke Henry (16.5 PPG) have a combined three point percentage of 0.0%. 

Ohio (2-0): Ohio enters the Paradise Jam undefeated after a pair of games. Sophomore guard Jaaron Simmons is their offensive catalyst, as he’s averaging 17.5 PPG. They come into the tournament averaging 80 PPG and giving up 71 PPG.

Indiana State (1-1): The Sycamores enter the game at 1-1 after dropping their first game of the year to IUPUI. They are led by senior guard Devonte Brown who averages 20 PPG despite being a 10% three point shooter. 

Norfolk State (1-1): The Spartans come in at .500 due to an opening day loss to fellow Paradise Jam team South Carolina 69-84. NSU is led by senior guards Jeff Short and Charles Oliver who score 18 and 16 PPG, respectively. The two shoot a combined 43.3% from deep and form a lethal scoring tandem. 

Tulsa (2-0): Tulsa enters at 2-0 after a 77-67 victory over 9th ranked Wichita State earlier this week. The Golden Hurricanes are a lethal shooting team as they shoot 46.5% from three as a team while scoring 87.5 PPG and allowing 74 PPG. Their leading scorer is senior guard Shaquille Harrison who averages 21 PPG while shooting 63.3% from three. 

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