The Florida St. Seminoles came into the 2012-2013 season with high expectations. Having won the ACC title for the first time last season, many expected the Seminoles to be in contention for it again this season. However, FSU has stumbled out of the gate in 2012 to a 4-3 record, and has lost two straight games at home ahead of a matchup against the Florida Gators.
"That energy, that intensity, that junkyard dog mentality that’s been characteristic of our teams over the last several years seems to be missing from this team," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said following his team’s 61-56 loss to Mercer on Sunday.
The Seminoles lost two home games during all of last season. A loss to the Gators on Wednesday night would give them four already in 2012, with several months left to play. Bringing seven new players onto the roster would have a negative effect on any program, but the spark seemingly hasn't been there so far in Tallahassee. If Florida State can't get up to play against the fifth-ranked Gators, then perhaps it will be time to panic.