By: Ryan Kelly | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
March 27, 2019
ANAHEIM, Calif. (WCTV) -- Last year's 75-60 upset win for Florida State over Gonzaga is one that Tallahassee still hasn't forgotten. But, neither has Spokane.
"Obviously I think about that game to this day, but nothing personal, it's a new team, new year," said Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins. "But, yeah, it's hard for me to think about that, but we owe them something, but nothing personal at all."
Despite being an underdog in the desert, FSU will be the hunted at the Honda Center, knowing full well revenge is on the mind of the Zags.
"We understand they want to play well, they want to get back at us and we understand that but it's our job to focus on us, what we do on our offense and defense and our scouting report," said Mfiondu Kabengele.
A scouting report that sees a few more weapons in red in blue this time around, including talented forward Brandon Clarke and Killian Tillie, who was ruled out just before the two sides faced off last year in Los Angeles.
While the Noles will be without Phil Cofer and potentially David Nichols, FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton says his team can't have its mind on excuses.
"At this particular point, those are things you can't even have a conversation about because you give in to them," Hamilton said. "I'm sure that he's a very very good player, he'll make them stronger and we have to find a way to make up or the guys that we don't have."