Noles not taking first round opponent lightly

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By: Kevin Keane | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
March 20, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (WCTV) -- Florida State believes they have the talent to be dancing in the Final Four. But, their focus right now is on the Vermont Catamounts, their round one opponent in the Seminoles' third straight NCAA Tournament.

As teams shouldn't, the Seminoles aren't overlooking the 13th seeded Cats, who not only won the American East tournament, defeating one of last season's golden underdogs (literally) in UMBC in the conference title game, but also boasting the AE player of the year in Anthony Lamb.

The junior forward is averaging 21.4 points per game, 7.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists, all of which are team bests for UVM.

Experts say, if he was a bit taller (he checks in, officially, at 6'6", which is undersized for a forward), he'd be a first round NBA talent.

FSU spent their Wednesday shoot around preparing for him, along with the rest of the UVM herd as head coach Leonard Hamilton made no bones about it; Vermont has their full attention.

"They run an excellent offense, obviously we've got a tremendous amount of respect for them," Hamilton said. "Once you get to the NCAA tournament, you have to respect everybody and they've been here enough, they might have more experience of going to the NCAA tournament than we do."

The Catamounts have made seven NCAA tournament appearances, all since 2003, and are making their fourth appearance since 2010. Vermont also boasts a three-point overtime victory against Syracuse in 2005.

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