After playing second-ranked Texas closer than it had been played all season, the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team faces its second-ranked opponent in as many games as it visits 22nd-ranked Florida State Monday at 6 p.m. central.
The game can be heard on ESPN 1230 KSIX with the pregame show beginning at 5:40 in Corpus Christi.
The Islanders (5-7) are coming off a 76-70 loss to the Longhorns in Austin which marked the first time Texas had not won by double digits. Texas had won its first 12 games of the season by an average of over 28 points with its closest game an 11-point win over Michigan State.
A&M-Corpus Christi is 0-6 versus ranked opponents. The Islanders are playing ranked teams back-to-back for the first time in school history.
Kevin Palmer continues to lead A&M-Corpus Christi posting his seventh 20-point game of the season as scored a season-high 28. The total was the most allowed by an individual against Texas this season. The prior best was 21 points by North Carolina's Ed Davis.
Demond Watt posted his second double-double of the season on Saturday. The junior scored 10 points and matched his career-high with 13 rebounds, which tied for the second-highest total against the Longhorns this season. He is second with 10.3 points and leads the team with 8.0 rebounds. Watt is first in the Southland Conference in shooting from the field at 63%.
The Seminoles are 12-2 on the year and 1-0 in the ACC. They enter the game ranked 22nd in the country. Florida State has made its mark defensively and are second in the nation behind only Texas in field goal percentage defense. Behind center Solomon Alabi who is first in the ACC and tenth in the nation in blocks, FSU is first in the ACC in blocks (7.3) and in scoring defense (57.1 points allowed per game).
Offensively, Alabi leads the Seminoles with 12.3 points a game and is tied for the lead in rebounds with 7.1 rebounds along with Chris Singleton. Delvida Dulkys and Singleton each average 9.9 a game.
The game is the final tuneup for Southland Conference play as the Islanders visit Central Arkansas on Saturday.