Event: Harvard Crimson (4-0) vs Florida State Seminoles (5-0)
Date/Time: Friday November 25, 2011-4:30 p.m. EDT.
Location: Imperial Arena at the Atlantis Resort (Capacity: 4,500), Paradise Island, Bahamas.
Broadcast Info: Friday's first game of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament will be available on Versus nationally. Radio coverage of the game will be available through the Florida State website courtesy of Seminole IMG Sports.
Harvard had the easiest time of any team in Thursday's opening round but will have a much harder task in getting to the finals when they tip-off against the Seminoles in the second semifinal of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in the Bahamas.
The Crimson had no troubles against Utah Thursday, jumping out to a 45-16 lead in an eventual 75-47 whooping of the Utes. Keith Wright led the way with 13 points and seven rebounds in just 21 minutes of play as Harvard had all but wrapped up the game with five minutes left in the first half.
It wasn't nearly as easy for Florida State in their opening round game against UMass. After a tense opening 18 minutes though, the Seminoles pressured the Minutemen into too many mistakes in a 73-53 Seminoles win.Leading scorer Michael Snaer finished with a game-high 18 points and added 10 rebounds and Okaro White added a double-double.
For the second game in a row, the Seminoles length and athleticism caused opponents to go ice cold from behind the arc. UMass hit just 2-of-23 attempts and over the past two games the Seminoles have held opponents to four percent shooting from three (2-47).
Today's most interesting matchup will be Harvard reacts to the taller and more athletic Semioles who were able to crack down on the high flying Minutemen. The Crimson boast an array of talented shooters and have a fantastic big men in Keith Wright but few teams can defend like Leonard Hamilton's squad.
For the Seminoles continues to be on handling the ball. With true point guard Derwin Kitchen graduating the team lacks an established ball handler and it showed against UMass' press with 23 turnovers and just seven assists. Look for Harvard to press more often than usual to force Seminoles errors, especially with a roster than runs 10 deep.
Prediction: After yesterday's game it's hard to pick against a Seminoles squad that could give many NBA front courts a run for their money. On the other hand Harvard is best when they play as the underdogs and have much more experience and the most talented big man in Massachusetts in Keith Wright.
Florida State 67, Harvard 61