Southeast Regional final at a glance

March 27, 1993|By Kent Baker

FLORIDA STATE (25-9) vs. KENTUCKY (29-3)

Site: Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, N.C.

Time: 3:38 p.m.

TV: Channels 11, 9

Coaches: Florida State, Pat Kennedy (268-135 in 13 years overall, 144-75 in seven years at Florida State). Kentucky, Rick Pitino (227-104 in 11 years overall, 94-30 in four years at Kentucky)

Analysis: Third-seeded Florida State must find a way to detour the Wildcats quickly and confuse them with a combination of defenses. Otherwise, Kentucky might lock up a victory in the first half as it did in Thursday's 103-69 romp over Wake Forest. The Seminoles will need their free throws this time. They made only 18 of 38 in an 81-78 overtime victory against Western Kentucky, 13 of 29 after halftime. Perimeter defense will be crucial for Florida State: The Wildcats bombed Wake with 12 of 15 from three-point range in the first half. Keeping focused probably will not be a problem for the Seminoles, who have had a tendency to stray mentally. The Wildcats have been playing great basketball in the tournament, with lopsided victories over Rider, Utah and Wake Forest. Jamal Mashburn eschewed his shot in the second half Thursday after scoring 23 first-half points, preferring to get his teammates into the offensive flow. They are poised, loose and extremely confident with Mashburn and point guard Travis Ford on big rolls. Kentucky's deep bench may be a factor since Florida State plays basically seven men. The Wildcats will try to get the key Seminoles into foul trouble and set up their attack off the pressure defense.

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