FSU, Valdosta State making final tuneups before season tips

By: Ryan Kelly | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
November 1, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A scrimmage may not count in the record books, but Thursday night's matchup at the Tucker Center will count as a last minute tune up for both Florida State and Valdosta State.

Thursday's showdown will be the only time the Blazers faceoff against another team before opening their season against Albany State next Friday.

For Leonard Hamilton and the Seminoles, the facing the Blazers serves as a chance to stay locked in against an opponent wearing a different jersey ahead of next week's season opener against the Florida Gators.

"This is an exhibtion game, so this is a glorified practice but it's an important practice because we get a chance to go up against someone who's not totally familiar with what we're doing so we get a chance to play against someone else," Hamilton said. "It's important but we're
playing against our ability to execute and stay focused on all the fundamentals that we're trying to teach. We're battling the name on the front of our jersey as much in this exhibition game as we are our opponent."