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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Leonard Hamilton is hoping a change in his offensive system will end Florida States NCAA Tournament drought.Hamiltons philosophy has been to run a motion offense that also relies on strong inside play. This season he has ditched that for a more on-tempo system because the Seminoles have an abundance of perimeter players.Hamilton, who is going into his 15th season at Florida State, acknowledges that this has been the biggest changes he has made to a system between seasons in his 29 years as a college coach.This will fit more of who we are, Hamilton said. We are not going to be as much of a stand and shoot team. We are going to be able to play off the move and penetrate. We will be playing more four outside players and one inside. It will make us more unpredictable and harder to defend.Florida State was third in the Atlantic Coast Conference in offense, averaging 78.0 points per game. But it was 13th in defense, allowing 74 points. Both of those set new marks in the Hamilton era.We are going to be playing even faster this year, said Dwayne Bacon, who led the team in scoring (15.8 points per game) and rebounding (5.8) last season. Weve got guys that can run the floor and the big guys can get up and down.Bacon also noted that a huge part of preseason practices has been defense and that during the first week they were spending at least two hours per session on defensive-specific drills.The Seminoles started last season by winning 10 of their first 12 games, but struggled in Atlantic Coast Conference play as they went 8-10. They made it to the second round of the NIT to finish 20-14.---Some other things to know about Florida State this season:IMMEDIATE IMPACT? Jonathan Isaac comes in as one of the highest-ranked recruits in program history. The 6-foot-9 forward has the size and body of a forward but the quickness and shooting skills of a perimeter player. The Seminoles have also added a pair of talented guards in CJ Walker and Trent Forrest.FRONT LINE DEPTH: Michael Ojo and Phil Cofer are back after being beset by injuries last season. Ojo, a 7-foot-1 senior center, missed all of last year due to a knee injury while Cofer, a 6-foot-8 junior forward, played in only 11 games before having ankle surgery.MORE EXPERIENCED BACON: Bacon said that conference play did wear him down but that he has worked during the offseason on conditioning along with his perimeter shooting. The 6-foot-7 sophomore guard struggled last season on shots beyond 15 feet.RATHAN-MAYES BACK ON POINT: Xavier Rathan-Mayes saw his scoring average drop from 14.9 to 11.8, but if Hamiltons system lives up to its expectations of having more players creating opportunities, that should allow the 6-foot-4 junior to have more chances. As a true point guard last season, Rathan-Mayes was focused more on trying to get the ball to teammates instead of taking an open shot.TOUGH START TO CONFERENCE PLAY: Florida State has a favorable non-conference slate, which includes an appearance in the Preseason NIT tournament, but it will be tested early in conference play. Five of the Seminoles first seven ACC games are at home, but there is a stretch from Jan. 10-21 where they face Duke, go to North Carolina and then host Notre Dame and Louisville.---Online:AP College Basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org Cheap NBA Jerseys. He just needed to be his best twisting, turning acrobatic self. "I didnt need to be anybody else, I just needed to be myself and be aggressive," said Burks, who scored a career-high 34 points to spark the Utah Jazz to a 118-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night. Cheap Swingman Thunder Jerseys. Pierce was ejected in the third quarter of Indianas 103-86 win Monday. 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GREEN BAY, Wis. --?Josh Norman has no doubt spent time this week watching film of Aaron Rodgers in preparation for Sundays game at FedEx Field.But it wasnt game film that came to Normans mind Wednesday when asked to describe Rodgers. Instead, the?Washington Redskins cornerback channeled The Lord of the Rings.That is pretty much Gandalf the White over there, Norman said of Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers quarterback, during a conference call with reporters. Thats a wizard. Thats who he is, to me. Tom Brady is Gandalf the Grey and hes just an upper class of that. For me, thats the best of the best, man.I think a wizard pretty much describes everything there is to know about the type of quarterback [Rodgers is]. ... Thats him and Tom Brady. Of course, you have others. Yeah, I mean, thats the crème of the crème.Norman was referring to J.R.R. Tolkiens series of books and Peter Jacksons movies, in which Gandalf the Grey is killed but returns as Gandalf the White.When asked what he thought of the comparison, Rodgers said, I love it, man. Hes one of my favorite characters. I appreciate the comparison. Gandalf kind of fell into oblivion and then he came back and hes the White. Hes a lot more powerful as the White. I dont really have any gray in the beard yet but Ill take any compliment from Josh like that, especially a Lord of the Rings one. He didnt say Gimli so I felt pretty good about that.Norman, who is in his first year in Washington, has apparently integrated himself into the Redskins Lord of the Rings culture. Quarterback Kirk Cousins made reference to the series last season.Week after week, opponents have praised Rodgers despite the Packers struggles this season. Theyre coming off a 47-25 loss at Tennessee that dropped them to 4-5.dddddddddddd Theyre on a three-game losing streak and have lost four of their last five as they prepare for the Redskins in Sunday night.Diagnosing whats wrong with Rodgers and the Packers has become a popular topic this season, but Norman wouldnt partake in any of it.Man, I dont pay no attention to that, Norman said. Thats all people that are on the outside of the game and not an insider. Thats all people who like to point out the Xs and Os but, at the end of the day, look at the overall thing. That guy can hit you at any time, any place, anywhere, any given day. Any given game.I really dont care what the outside noise is. I know who were facing and thats a cerebral quarterback thats the best of the best at what hes doing. Regardless of what others may think of him, I know for a fact that that is the toughest quarterback challenge to face because he has everything in his toolbox, in his arsenal, to make them win.Norman said he wouldnt be lulled into thinking the Redskins were getting Rodgers, a two-time NFL MVP, at anything less than his best.What Im concerned about is facing a cerebral quarterback that can light you up at any time, Norman said. Yeah, Im sure theyre going to come in hungry. They took a pretty bad beating last week, they really did. I dont feel like theyre going to come in here and lay this thing down. Theyre going to come out here fiery hot.A-Rod already said that its on him, so Im pretty sure that hes going to come out ready to go. Ive got to be ready to go, too, because hes not going to shy away from nothing, I know that. I need to be on top of my Ps and Qs, for sure. 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