College Basketball: Complete Preview of the Coaches vs. Cancer Championship

Ryan BothmannSenior Analyst IINovember 17, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Okaro White #10 of the Florida State Seminoles drives to the basket as Nate Austin #33 of the Brigham Young Cougars defends during their first round game of the Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic at the Barclays Center on November 16, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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On Saturday night the Florida State Seminoles and St. Joseph's Hawks will square off in the Barclays Center for the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. The Seminoles bring a 2-1 record into the championship game, while St. Joseph's comes into the game with a perfect record of  2-0.

Here is a breakdown of each team, five players to watch in the game and a prediction for who will win the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.


Florida State Breakdown

The Seminoles opened up the season ranked in the Top 25, but after a shocking loss in the first game of the season to South Alabama, they quickly found themselves outside the rankings.

Florida State hopes that a victory in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic will help boost their nonconference resume and help move them back into the Top 25.

The key for the Seminoles will be senior guard Michael Snaer. Snaer leads the Seminoles in points per game, rebounds per game and assists per game. His double-double in the semifinals against BYU helped propel the Seminoles into the title game.

The Seminoles are a strong team, and they are hoping to find their way back in the Top 25 at some point during this season. Beating St. Joseph's would help them out a lot.


St. Joseph's Breakdown

The Atlantic 10 conference is absolutely stacked this year, and the Hawks are hoping to find themselves at the top of the huge 16-team league.

Things have gone great for them so far this year. They beat Yale in the season opener and followed that up with an upset victory over Notre Dame in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.

Now the Hawks look to add a victory over a strong ACC team onto their resume.

Junior forward Ronald Roberts Jr. has been a huge part of the Hawks' attack so far this year. Roberts has a double-double in each of the first two games this season, including 21 points and 16 rebounds in the semifinal upset of Notre Dame.

The Hawks hope that they can get a win over Florida State on Saturday night and prove to the country that they are a strong mid-major contender this season.


Five Players to Watch

Michael Snaer—The senior guard does everything for the Seminoles. He leads the team in scoring, rebounding and assists. Obviously they are going to need him to once again step up and have a big night against a difficult opponent in St. Joseph's.

Okaro White—The Seminoles junior forward has been extremely efficient with his scoring so far. He is shooting 68 percent from the floor, has scored 30 points in the last two games and has only missed one shot over the last two games. His efficiency will be key to helping the Seminoles not waste possessions.

Ronald Roberts Jr—The Hawks junior forward has a double-double in each of the first two games this season, and St. Joseph's will need him to continue his high level of production Saturday night. Look for another big game from the junior.

Langston Galloway—The Hawks junior guard is the primary scorer for the St. Joseph's offensive attack, and he needs to continue his strong scoring in the championship game. 

Ian Miller—The Seminoles junior guard scored 15 points in the win over BYU in the semifinals. He was extremely efficient as well, scoring on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor.



Florida State had an early-season letdown against South Alabama, but this is still an extremely good basketball team. Expect them to have little trouble beating the Hawks Saturday night.

Florida State, 78-65