Indiana won last year’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup with Florida State by 16 points, riding a 30-point performance from Devonte Green to the finish line.
The Seminoles get another crack on Wednesday, and this time it’s on their home floor.
Quick thoughts on this week’s Challenge matchup:
Florida State has a 6-foot-9 point guard
That would be Scottie Barnes, the No. 7 overall prospect in the 2020 recruiting class, per the 247 Sports Composite. Barnes is obviously just getting started in Tallahassee, and his eight-point scoring output in his college debut last week against North Florida doesn’t jump out. But it was everything else that Barnes did in the season opener that illustrated the kind of player that scouts and observers believe he can become. Barnes, the ACC’s Preseason Freshman of the Year pick, dished six assists, committed only two turnovers and grabbed six rebounds in the effort. So who guards him? Good question! Though, with last Wednesday’s win over Stanford still fresh on the mind, it feels like Armaan Franklin could be one option. Franklin played the best overall game of his career in the Maui Invitational finale, helping to shut down another stud freshman, Stanford’s Ziaire Williams.
Who are you?
Last Wednesday’s 86-58 romp over North Florida is Florida State’s only game to date, so it’s hard to get a good feel for the Seminoles. Then again, you could say the same about IU, which sandwiched two impressive outings around a total dud at the Maui Invitational. There is at least one thing we know about Florida State: the Seminoles are huge. FSU brings great size and length to every position, and ranks as the fourth-tallest team in the nation. Balsa Koprivica, Florida State’s 7-foot-1 center, scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds in last year’s game in Bloomington. “They are stunning,” IU coach Archie Miller said. “I think they stun you when you look from top to bottom. It has got to be one of the biggest teams in college basketball year in and year out. Not just inside, but the perimeter guys are all very, very physically gifted, long and athletic. That is what they do with their system. They bring 10-12 players a game. They are able to use their depth and their physicality over the course of the game to pressure you and wear you down. Clearly, that is what they are built to do. You don’t see very many teams like it.”
It sounds like IU will remain shorthanded
If you were hoping a week off would help the Hoosiers return to full strength for the trip to Tallahassee, you’re probably going to be disappointed. Forward Joey Brunk, who has yet to appear in a game this season, hasn’t practiced and it doesn’t sound like he’ll be on the court anytime soon. Brunk continues to recover from a preseason back injury, and is not part of IU’s immediate plans. Guard Al Durham, who suffered an ankle injury in the loss to Texas, is still working his way back into playing condition. Miller didn’t completely rule out Durham for the Florida State game, but he didn’t sound overly optimistic. Durham’s ankle issue has, for the most part, kept him sidelined for the past week. So call him a game-time decision.
Game Info / How to Watch
Who? Indiana (3-1) at No. 20 Florida State (1-0)
Where? Donald L. Tucker Arena, Tallahassee, Fla.
When? Wednesday, 7:15 p.m. ET
Channel? ESPN | Dave O’Brien (p-b-p), Jay Bilas (analyst)
Radio? IU Radio Network; Sirius 106, XM 196, Internet 958: Don Fischer, Errek Suhr & Joe Smith
Vegas? Florida State -2 1⁄2