TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) — Florida State, which has won eight of its last nine games, plays host to North Florida at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee on Tuesday, December 17, 2019.
The Seminoles' last game was over a week ago on December 8th. That was against Clemson, where FSU took the ACC matchup 72-53. The following week, players had exams and time to rest. Head Coach Leonard Hamilton explained they script their practices the week of exams to respect study time. "We had some meetings, we had some shooting sessions, may have gotten away from the routine but we hopefully gave them enough space to go ahead and take care of the academic business."
Taking a break from travel and games around this time of the season also helps with refocusing and getting injury treatment. "It felt good not to play games and kind of relax a little bit and kind of sit back and analyze how the first half of the season has been," said Raiquan Gray, a redshirt-sophomore forward. "So, we watched film and got some shots up and all."
Sophomore guard, Devin Vassell added, "Games take a huge toll on your body and to be able to have a week off and get treatment and get in the gym and work on your game, it definitely helps us. But, we have to stay focused and locked in on our off days. Focus on the next game and be prepared for the next game, too."
Tip-off for Tuesday's contest is set for 8:30.