Friday's outlook: Illinois vs. Florida State – Peoria Journal Star
Illinois vs. Florida State
11:30 a.m., Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Radio: WZPN-FM (96.5)
ILLINOIS (4-2) YR. HT. PPG RPG
C Maverick Morgan Sr. 6-10 10.4 2.3
F Michael Finke So. 6-10 9.0 6.8
G Malcolm Hill Sr. 6-6 18.3 7.2
G Jaylon Tate Sr. 6-3 6.0 2.3 G Tracy Abrams Gr. 6-2 11.3 2.8
FLORIDA STATE (4-1) YR. HT. PPG RPG
C Michael Ojo Gr. 7-1 6.0 5.2
F Jonathan Isaac Fr. 6-10 15.4 6.2
G Dwayne Bacon So. 6-7 18.4 3.4
G Terance Mann So. 6-6 9.8 5.6
G Xavier Rathan-Mayes Jr. 6-4 9.8 3.0
NOTEWORTHY: Monday will be the first meeting between Illinois and Florida State. … Illinois is coming off an 89-57 loss to West Virginia. … Florida State is coming off of an 89-86 loss to Temple. … Both teams’ previous games were also part of the NIT Season Tip-Off, which continues in Friday’s game. … The Seminoles are the Illini’s second-straight top-25 opponent. … Florida State entered the poll this week at No. 25 after being unranked to start the season. … This game is the consolation match of the NIT Season Tip-Off, which concludes Friday. … Illinois and Florida State both hosted Winthrop and Detroit Mercy in Champaign and Tallahassee respectively in the opening games of the Tip-Off.
KEYS TO THE GAME:
ILLINOIS: The Illini must improve the turnover pattern they established against the No. 19 Mountaineers and its stifling press. Illinois turned the ball over 24 times against West Virginia.
FLORIDA STATE: The Seminoles must rebound — literally — from the trouble they had on the boards against the Owls. With a 7-1 and 6-10 player in their starting lineup, they’ll have the upper hand if they beat the Illini on the glass.
GOING FORWARD: The Illini have three days off before they take on their next opponent, North Carolina State, on Nov. 29.
PREDICTION: 75-70, Florida State wins.