Florida State head coach Willie Taggart gave up playcalling duties

Ruben Hill
November 8, 2018

The Gators went 6 of 24 on 3-point attempts. After playing FSU on the road, Florida will also play non-conference games against five other teams that reached the NCAA Tournament in Oklahoma (Nov. 21), West Virginia (Dec. 4), Michigan State (Dec. 8), Butler (Dec. 29) and TCU (Jan. 26).

Terance Mann had nine points and a team-high nine rebounds for the Seminoles, who shot 11 of 20 from 3-point range and beat Florida for a fifth straight time. They led 31-20 at the half and never looked back, leading by as many as 35 points and using an aggressive defense to stifle the Gators.

Deaundrae Ballard scored 13 points off the bench and freshman Andrew Nembhard had 12 points for Florida.

It was just one game in what is a long season, but it was an impressive debut for a Florida State squad that is deep but was without star forward Phil Cofer.

And it starts with a familiar opponent: The Florida State Seminoles.

Powered by balanced offense and suffocating defense, the No. 15 Florida State men's basketball team steamrolled rival Florida in the season opener for both teams Tuesday night, 81-60. As a head coach I don't think I've taken a bigger butt-whipping.

"In the moment, I thought he did a good job", Taggart said of Bell.

Florida State has won 32 of its last 34 home games. Taggart said he believes FSU is a "fragile football team" at the moment that needs him in other areas, so he chose to give up calling plays. Hudson, who returned after initially considering entering the NBA Draft, led UF's scoring attack with an average of 15.5 points per game a year ago. Florida needs to find more consistent scoring from multiple starters.

Taggart turned play-calling duties over to offensive coordinator Walt Bell ahead of Florida State's 47-28 loss to No. 22 NC State, a decision that didn't result in a win but did see an uptick in the Seminoles' offensive production.

The Seminoles play at Tulane on Sunday.

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