The Stetson men's basketball team (0-1) will play its home
opener of the 2012-13 season Tuesday night at the Edmunds Center. The Hatters will look for their first win of
the season against Florida A&M (0-1) with a tip off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
"We're excited for our home-opener," Stetson head coach
Casey Alexander said about Tuesday's contest.
"We learned a lot in our trip to Miami, and we've had a couple of good
practices since returning home."
The Hatters fell just short on the road at Miami in the
season-opener, dropping one to the Hurricanes 87-79 after trailing by just two
points with two minutes remaining.
Stetson battled possession after possession against Miami, but 22 second
half points from senior Adam Pegg weren't enough to overcome 53 Hurricane
points in the final frame.
"I was most pleased with our confidence level throughout the
game," Alexander said of the opener. "I
think we played like we belonged; we played with a real purpose. That's
definitely want we want, especially when we're going into a road game in the
ACC. That's a great hurdle to get over.
"On the other hand, I really didn't think we battled
defensively like we need to," Alexander continued. "It created a situation where we needed to
play great on offense, or have somebody play great - as Adam did in the second
Stetson will look to improve upon some of the team's success
down in Coral Gables, taking on the Rattlers in Tuesday's home-opener. Florida A&M returns just three players
from last year's 10-23 squad, bringing nine newcomers into the fold for
2012-13. Eight of the 10 players who saw
action in a 81-76 loss at Houston to start the season are new to the team this
"Not only is their personnel significantly different, but
their style is also very different," Alexander said of the Rattlers. "They are really playing fast on both
ends. Offensively, they're getting the
ball down the floor, taking quick shots, really putting pressure on the
defense. Defensively, they're in a really
active matchup zone. They'll zone press
back into the matchup, and it is 40 minutes long, so that means you have to
prepare a little bit differently than against most teams.
"It's definitely one of those games where whichever style of
play wins out will probably be the team that wins," Alexander concluded. "We like to play fast, but a little bit more
controlled, so if we let them hurry us up into quick decisions offensively,
then that will play into their hands. If
we're disciplined enough to take a great shot, then I think it will work in our
Stetson holds a 6-1 advantage in the all-time series against
Florida A&M, including last year's 78-60 victory in Tallahassee. The Hatters have won the last four meetings,
dating back to a 94-72 win in 1983.
Tuesday night's contest can be watched live on HatterVision
and ASun.TV for free. The game can also
be heard on WSBB 1230 AM in New Smyrna and 1490 AM in DeLand, or at www.myam1230.com. Robbie Aaron and Ryan Rouse will be on the
Fans can also follow @StetsonMBB on Twitter to get in-game
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