21 - 22 Basketball The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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The Good

Malik Osborne with another good game leading FSU with 18 points to go along with 6 rebounds and three steals. And once again he is showing range hitting three of four 3's. He is just going to be a tough player to defend for most teams. Got to mention that alley oop from Cam'Ron Fletcher that looked like it was going to sail well over Malik. But he skied for the pass, caught it, and completed the play to give FSU its largest lead at 23-19.

Matthew Cleveland was the only other FSU player in double figures with 11 points. He also had 6 boards and was 50% from the floor. The play of the game for him was maneuvering through the defense to the FT line and canned the jumper to give FSU its last lead of the game, 44-43, with 11:07 to play. In addition he ran the floor well to get a fast break lay up early in the game.

Naheem McLeod. He only played seven minutes and had just one point. But his length really bothered the gatros shooters. His play of the game was when he turned the ball over near the FSU basket. He hustled down the floor and was there to alter the shot resulting in no points.

John Butler. Eight points and a couple of boards. But once again he showed an ability to deliver the ball on a back door bounce. Did not score on the shot, but it was a very good pass from high post to the low post. Showed his range as well with a three just to the right of the key. I'll mention his hustle on the offensive board and the put back slam dunk for the final points of the game. Okay, maybe there was not much defense there, but he kept playing like it mattered.

Overall the second unit played a heck of a lot better certainly on defense than the starters did.


The Bad

1-1 ending an overall 7 game win streak and 3 straight at Hogtown.

Caleb Mills taken out of the game just three plus minutes into the game when he picked up his second for a ticky tack offensive foul at the 17:05 mark. He scored just two points on a miserable 1-7 shooting. Earlier he was called for blocking when it sure looked he was set to take the charge. He seemed to just be completely out of sync in the 14 minutes he did play after picking up that foul.


The first unit. Not very good play. They seemed too juiced and frenetic from the start of the game. And they did not seem to play cohesive for most of the contest. That showed on ends of the floor. The other team had a little to do with that. That was a much different team than Penn and certainly one that is improved over recent gatros teams. Mike White focused on improving the defense and if the game today is an indication, he has done that with the help of experienced transfers.

FSU had 8 assists at the half. They finished with 10. That is how difficult the gatros defense disrupted the FSU offense. While the press did not create much in the way of turnovers, it forced the Seminoles into a half court offense. That is not the team's forte. For some reason the second unit got into a semblance of a transition game. Not so much for the first unit.

Offensive rebounding where FSU lost that stat 17-9. It resulted in 16 second chance points for the home team to just 5 for the 'Noles. Colin Castleton was the big problem there as the Seminoles could not contain him. He had a double double (15 pts, 16 rbs) to go along with 6 blocked shots. In short, he was a pain in the neck for the Seminole offense and defense.

Tanor Ngom did not even make the trip as is dealing with a concussion.


The Ugly

0-7 over the first 5:12. It did get better with FSU shooting as high as 44% in the game. But in general FSU did not shoot well and had difficulty in the half court getting good looks.

FTs. Just 8-15. Not that a few more would have made any difference. But 53% is just plain ugly.

After Cleveland put the 'Noles up 44-43, it was very down hill from then on. A quick 13-0 run by the gatros put FSU down 56-44. The Seminoles never recovered being outscored 28-11 over the final eleven minutes.

Both teams shooting horribly to start the game. FSU was 1-9 and the O & B wasn't much better with 4-14 from the floor.

The 19 point deficit, 69-50, with a lot of time left. The five more points was strictly for cosmetics. But FSU got pasted. There is work to do. Even Leonard Hamilton in the pre-game showed expressed concern with FSU's half court offense. Hamilton's concern is valid. Fortunately there is a ton of season remaining


Up Next

FSU hosts Tulane (1-1) Wednesday night at 8 PM. The game will be shown on the ACCN. FSU's length should present problems for the Green Wave who has one player at 6-10. And he played only 4 minutes so far this season. They do have a gun in Jalen Cook who is averaging 23 ppg and 50% from the arc.
 

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I got a bad feeling in the early minutes of watching this game. Man there were a lot of whistles! The Fighting Hamiltons seem to struggle in games when every time they touch the ball there's a whistle. Every time the opponent goes up for a shot there's a whistle. It just appears to affect how they play their game, to the point they can't play their game because the refs are whistle happy early. smh
 
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FSU 55 the gatros 71 The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly



The Good

Malik Osborne with another good game leading FSU with 18 points to go along with 6 rebounds and three steals. And once again he is showing range hitting three of four 3's. He is just going to be a tough player to defend for most teams. Got to mention that alley oop from Cam'Ron Fletcher that looked like it was going to sail well over Malik. But he skied for the pass, caught it, and completed the play to give FSU its largest lead at 23-19.

Matthew Cleveland was the only other FSU player in double figures with 11 points. He also had 6 boards and was 50% from the floor. The play of the game for him was maneuvering through the defense to the FT line and canned the jumper to give FSU its last lead of the game, 44-43, with 11:07 to play. In addition he ran the floor well to get a fast break lay up early in the game.

Naheem McLeod. He only played seven minutes and had just one point. But his length really bothered the gatros shooters. His play of the game was when he turned the ball over near the FSU basket. He hustled down the floor and was there to alter the shot resulting in no points.

John Butler. Eight points and a couple of boards. But once again he showed an ability to deliver the ball on a back door bounce. Did not score on the shot, but it was a very good pass from high post to the low post. Showed his range as well with a three just to the right of the key. I'll mention his hustle on the offensive board and the put back slam dunk for the final points of the game. Okay, maybe there was not much defense there, but he kept playing like it mattered.

Overall the second unit played a heck of a lot better certainly on defense than the starters did.


The Bad

1-1 ending an overall 7 game win streak and 3 straight at Hogtown.

Caleb Mills taken out of the game just three plus minutes into the game when he picked up his second for a ticky tack offensive foul at the 17:05 mark. He scored just two points on a miserable 1-7 shooting. Earlier he was called for blocking when it sure looked he was set to take the charge. He seemed to just be completely out of sync in the 14 minutes he did play after picking up that foul.


The first unit. Not very good play. They seemed too juiced and frenetic from the start of the game. And they did not seem to play cohesive for most of the contest. That showed on ends of the floor. The other team had a little to do with that. That was a much different team than Penn and certainly one that is improved over recent gatros teams. Mike White focused on improving the defense and if the game today is an indication, he has done that with the help of experienced transfers.

FSU had 8 assists at the half. They finished with 10. That is how difficult the gatros defense disrupted the FSU offense. While the press did not create much in the way of turnovers, it forced the Seminoles into a half court offense. That is not the team's forte. For some reason the second unit got into a semblance of a transition game. Not so much for the first unit.

Offensive rebounding where FSU lost that stat 17-9. It resulted in 16 second chance points for the home team to just 5 for the 'Noles. Colin Castleton was the big problem there as the Seminoles could not contain him. He had a double double (15 pts, 16 rbs) to go along with 6 blocked shots. In short, he was a pain in the neck for the Seminole offense and defense.

Tanor Ngom did not even make the trip as is dealing with a concussion.


The Ugly

0-7 over the first 5:12. It did get better with FSU shooting as high as 44% in the game. But in general FSU did not shoot well and had difficulty in the half court getting good looks.

FTs. Just 8-15. Not that a few more would have made any difference. But 53% is just plain ugly.

After Cleveland put the 'Noles up 44-43, it was very down hill from then on. A quick 13-0 run by the gatros put FSU down 56-44. The Seminoles never recovered being outscored 28-11 over the final eleven minutes.

Both teams shooting horribly to start the game. FSU was 1-9 and the O & B wasn't much better with 4-14 from the floor.

The 19 point deficit, 69-50, with a lot of time left. The five more points was strictly for cosmetics. But FSU got pasted. There is work to do. Even Leonard Hamilton in the pre-game showed expressed concern with FSU's half court offense. Hamilton's concern is valid. Fortunately there is a ton of season remaining


Up Next

FSU hosts Tulane (1-1) Wednesday night at 8 PM. The game will be shown on the ACCN. FSU's length should present problems for the Green Wave who has one player at 6-10. And he played only 4 minutes so far this season. They do have a gun in Jalen Cook who is averaging 23 ppg and 50% from the arc.
I always enjoy your summations, Bill. Perceptive, insightful and funny and I'm sure your pieces do not write themselves it takes an effort.
 

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The Good

FSU improves to a 3-1 overall record in dominating fashion. OK, they really outclassed LMU who was more like Penn than Tulane. This was still a big step in the right direction in the progress of a young team looking to develop more chemistry.

That domination as you would expect started with impressive defense that forced Loyola Marymount into 24 turnovers that included 14 steals. Often a full court press was used causing havoc with the Lions inbounding the ball. Ten Seminoles logged at least one steal. A highlight theft was Quncy Ballard extending his defensive presence for a steal at the three point line. The much shorter LMU players could not have expected a seven footer to make that kind of play.

Six blocked shots. If it did not lead to a score, it erased a possible LMU score. The Lions had no answer for FSU's height and length. The highlight blocked shots of the game went to Cam'Ron Fletcher and John Butler. Fletcher came from five steps away to block Kwame Marble's wide open layup from behind. Butler came out of nowhere to emphatically swat away a three point attempt from the right corner.

At one point still fairly early in the first half at 15-14, FSU was shooting 33%. The 'Noles finished the game at 51% from the floor connecting on 58% in the second period. And it wasn't just a lot of run outs from turnovers. The Seminoles worked the ball around the floor much better than the first eleven minutes of the game. Better spacing of the floor was a large part of that.

21 assists on 29 made baskets. After a slow start for the first ten or so minutes, FSU's ball movement and quicker passes created better scoring opportunities. Unselfish play, something Leonard Hamilton likes to see from his team.

Matthew Cleveland with a game high 13 points on 6-8 shooting. For me his most memorable play of the game was not a score, but on defense. After missing a short jumper, Cleveland hustled back to disrupt the Lions' shooter and thus prevent the basket. Malik Osborne and Tnor Ngon both added 10 points.

Plays of the game. Got to mention right away Butler out on the fast break dribbling the ball. He trips and while falling to the floor still gets off an on target bounce pass to Cleveland for the layup and and a 27-16 lead. The five straight three points FSU canned early in the second period to blow the game open at 47-22 with 15:27 to play. The pick and roll play to Naheen McLeod who did the absolute correct thing by not bringing the ball down. and in one step slammed the ball through the net. At 7-4 and the ball above his head there was no way any Lions' defender was going to stop that shot.

Malik going down with an injury but was later back in the game. We do not need him to be injured.


The Bad

17 turnovers. Yeah, that won't please Hamilton especially against a so-so defense. Two of those miscues came on the first two FSU possessions. Not a good start more so when they were unforced errors.

Already mentioned the slow start and slow ball movement. In particular the ball movement was so slow in one possession that FSU had to settle for a challenged lengthy three with two seconds on the shot clock.

Memo to Ballard: You were lucky you did not get called for that reaching foul as the ball carrier dribbled into the lane. That is sure to get whistled when ACC play begins.

The combo and defense of Wilkes, Cleveland, Warley, Osborne, and Fletcher that saw a 25 point lead shrink to 16. That group had difficulty handling the LMU press turning the ball over two straight times.


The Ugly

At one point in the second half, LMU missed 10 out of 11 shots during a 17-5 FSU run. Good for us. Ugly for them obviously.

McLeod missing what should have been a sure thing point blank slam dunk.

After holding LMU's 20 ppg shooter to just one three in the first half, Joe Quintana canned three straight at one point in the second. It reflected a lapse of defensive focus by the 'Noles after getting out to that 25 point margin..


Up Next

Missouri, Monday at 8:30 PM to be shown on CBSSN. The Tigers (3-1) came from behind to beat SMU 80-75 in overtime. Florida State will have to deal with a physical team, typical of a Cuonzo Martin team.
 
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The Good

4-1 overall record, once again a totally dominating performance, and winning the first ever Jacksonville Classic. That makes six early season tournaments Leonard Hamilton's FSU teams have won.

A blistering hot offense that shot 62% from the floor and 42% from the arc. This against a team that had been holding opponents to 39% shooting and 65 ppg. The Seminoles built a 44-23 halftime lead and did not let up on the gas in the second period.

Players of the game. Malik Osborne and Anthony Polite with 10 (4 of 6 shooting) and 14 (6-9) points respectively. Osborne added 7 boards while Polite was hustling out on the floor all game long. Honorable mention to Matthew Cleveland (10 pts) who continues to look very smooth and under control on the court and John Butler (2 pts). Now you might wonder about Butler when Cam'Ron Fletcher had 12 points. But Butler is showing he is going to be a nightmare for defenses. As was the case tonight where the defender had to fight thru the screen and then deal with a 7-1 guy taking the shot from the top of the key as Butler did on his only basket. Later as radio play by play Eric Luellen described Amari Davis trying "to shoot over Butler" (good luck with that over a 7-1 guy) is indicating #22 is going to be difficult to deal with at both ends. Plus he showed quick hands in knocking the ball away from the ball carrier without fouling.

Defense. Once again the Seminoles just overwhelmed the Tigers with its depth that allows the defense to heavily pressure opponents. That started right at the outset of the game forcing 13 Missouri turnovers in the first half leading to 22 points. Mizzou finished with 17 miscues. Better yet, FSU held the Tigers to 38% shooting and just 27% from the arc. Good shots were difficult to come by for Missouri in this game.

A complete team effort where everyone, including the Green Team, contributed something.

Plays of the game (and there were a ton). Tanor Ngom setting the defensive tone on Mizzou's first possession by taking the charge. That was after he missed a three point shot and then hustled down the floor to set up to force the turnover. Rayquan Evans faking the three instead driving the lane and kicking the ball to Malik cutting down the lane and the lay in for a 20-10 lead. Shortly after that, Osborne set a perfect screen for Evans. Cutting down to the right of the lane. Evans fired a pass to Malik who canned the wide open three (23-10). Caleb Mills stealing a sideline inbound pass, collecting the ball under the Mizzou rim, and dishing to Fletcher for the slam (27-10). In the second half, he hustled back to thwart a breakaway basket knocking the ball away just as the shooter was about to release the ball. Polite's emphatic slam dunk (33-15) that prompted radio color man Adrian Crawford to exclaim, "There's nothing polite about that." Fletcher intercepting a pass taking it the distance for the slam and a 40-19 FSU lead. Cleveland with fluid moves through defenders in the lane finished off by the floater (42-21). And just to show he can deliver the ball as well, he hit Malik with a perfect pass as he was cutting down the lane (64-41).


The Bad (and there ain't a whole heck of a lot of bad with a nearly complete game like there was tonight)

Turnovers. 16 of them. An aspect to work on. But with a team early in the season still in the process of meshing, that is going to happen. Especially at the tempo FSU plays.


The Ugly

16 foot high passes are never a good thing as was the pass from Fletcher to Jalen Warley.

Me for thinking this was going to be a muuuuch closer game than it was. FSU came to play tonight and did so for almost all of the 40 minutes.

The ball boys who apparently had difficulty in wiping up the floor the wet floor. There was quite a bit of slipping out there.

Following the end of the game, Hamilton let it be known that Evans brother passed away last night. Understandable if he did not play, but he decided he wanted to and had a pretty decent game out there with 6 assists.


Up Next

A quick turnaround as Florida State returns home to host Boston U for a 7 PM tip. The game will be aired on the ACCN. The Terriers are 3-2 after beating Sam Houston State tonight, 72-59, in the Jacksonville Classic. They are led by Javante McCoy at 16 ppg, 50% from the field and 47% from distance.
 

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Other than the TO's, they looked really, really good last night.

I do not see how anyone is going to be able to deal with the depth we throw at you. We played 12 regularly and four big men over 7 feet and all of them ran the floor well and were athletic.
 

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Well, that's trophy #1 for the season. Hard to believe this team lost by 16 to anyone....
 

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You may have seen where the gatros (their ...) aka crocs of XXVI pounded their opponent last night in Ft Myers. Put four in double figures.

They were just really motivated to beat us in that game. Too many of our players had not experienced that rivalry. And just two games into the season all added up to a game to learn something from. Thankfully it was early in the season and not right before tournament time.
 
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The Good

5-1 overall record, 3-0 at home this season, 12 straight wins in OT by FSU starting all the way back in 2018 in a double OT game against Syracuse. With this victory FSU sets a national record for consecutive overtime victories. All with the Seminoles playing their 3rd game in 4 days. The last time BU beat an ACC team was in 2013 vs Maryland. It looked like the Terriers, who could be a NCAA team this season, might end that drought.

After trailing early in OT, 74-70, Leonard Hamilton called timeout to regroup his team. It paid off as FSU tied the contest at 74 and later at 77.

Matthew Cleveland with six points in OT and the game winner stick back with 2.1 seconds left after a Caleb Mills missed point blank shot in traffic. And to top it off, Cleveland picked off the subsequent inbound pass. The FR finished with a career high 17 points and 7 boards.

The other player of the game was Mills also with 17 points. He added 5 assists and 5 steals. But it was his other contributions that don't make the box score that were a huge factor in the game such as drawing fouls. Late in the game he drew a charging call (in addition to one in the first half) and smartly brought the ball back out instead of forcing the issue. At the time it looked like running off a little time, drawing a foul, and going to the line where he made both charity shots would be enough to win the game. BU had other ideas.

The bench that outscored Boston 40-24.

Despite difficulty in keeping BU out of the lane, FSU did outscore the Terriers 34-28 points in the paint.

The defense did force Boston into 19 turnovers while only committing 12.

With Malik on the bench, Cam'Ron Fletcher picked up the slack with 11 first half points. He would finish with 11.

Plays of the game. John Butler with back to back blocked shots thwarting point blank shots. Butler with the strong dribble drive around the defense for the lay up. Mills's steal in front of the BU bench, dribbles down the sideline and delivers the alley oop pass to Malik, 46-40. Mills's twisting floater from the left baseline, 59-50. Harrison Prieto with a textbook pick and roll with the assist to Mills, 27-25. Cleveland's driving pull up under control floater in the lane, 54-45.

Four FSU players with 30 plus minutes on the floor. Anthony Polite logged 39. After playing three games closely packed, those had to be some tired players out there.

Credit Boston for executing a great game plan. FSU just happened to thankfully make one more play than the Terriers.


The Bad

Leonard Hamilton said before the game that Boston was a good shooting team that executes its offensive system very well. He was right. The Terriers played patient ball working to get players open beating the defense off the dribble or hitting back door plays. Because of that, the FSU defense just could not stop Boston for much of the game allowing the Terriers to shoot 48%. Everyone knew Javante McCoy was going to a handful and he was finishing with a game high 22 points.

A shorter bench than normal with Rayquan Evans not dressed out due to the death of his brother and Naheem McLeod turning an ankle in practice. Evans' presence was noticeably missed while Mills and Polite mostly ran the point. Jalen Warley did give some quality minutes but obviously Leonard was not going to let a FR run the offense in overtime. It did not help that FSU had to pretty much go small ball to match what Boston was doing. The Terriers played some tight man defense almost all of the game.

Malik Osborne picking up his second foul at the 10:21 mark and thus sat the bench the rest of the half. FSU missed his production. He made up for it in the second half scoring 7 of his 10 points along with grabbing 7 boards while dealing with foul trouble all game long.


The Ugly

FSU was up 69-61 with 48 seconds remaining looking in control of the game. However Polite and Fletcher both missed the front end of a one and one. That allowed Boston's Anthony Morales to score at the other end with the game tying three pointer coming at the buzzer after Polite missed his first FT attempt with 5.5 seconds remaining.

Rebounding. The Terriers were without two of their best post players due to injury and still out rebounded the 'Noles 34-32. Thankfully FSU grabbed the most important ones in overtime.

Hamilton can't be pleased seeing his defense allow the opponent to connect on 63% of their shots inside the arc and around the basket. The seven footers' shot changing abilities were clearly missed.

Wyatt Wilkes, 1-6, a three pointer. He is going to have to find a way to get on track offensively or risk seeing fewer minutes.


Up Next

The ACC/Big Ten Challenge with FSU traveling to Purdue. Tip is at 7:30 and to be shown on ESPN. The last time the two teams met was in 2019 in the Emerald Coast Classic, a 63-60 OT win for the 'Noles. FSU outscored Purdue 5-2 in OT with all five coming at the stripe.
 

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One more Good and Ugly that are one in the same.

Five ACC teams played last night. Only one won. And that wasn't looking too good until 2.1 seconds were left.

Not a good night for the conference.
 
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WW is the most overhyped 3 point shooter I've ever seen. An occasional good shooting game sustains his legend no matter how many bad shooting games he has.
 
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WW is the most overhyped 3 point shooter I've ever seen. An occasional good shooting game sustains his legend no matter how many bad shooting games he has.

It appears that he may still be a good catch and shoot guy on a kickout, but when he tries to shoot off the dribble or his spin moves he does not look good at all.
 
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WW is the most overhyped 3 point shooter I've ever seen. An occasional good shooting game sustains his legend no matter how many bad shooting games he has.
Could not agree with you more!
 

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One more Good and Ugly that are one in the same.

Five ACC teams played last night. Only one won. And that wasn't looking too good until 2.1 seconds were left.

Not a good night for the conference.
The acc sucks this year no doubt about it. Duke is tremendous. FSU and unc are 20-25. Vt ok. The rest god awful
 

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The Good

Caleb Mills, the obvious player of the game for FSU. He finished with a Florida State career high of 22 points. It was his hot streak in the first 9:15 of the second half scoring 11 points that kept the 'Noles in the game. The Seminoles trailed by just eight, 59-51, at that point. He added three steals as well.

John Butler was the only other Seminole in double figures with 10 points and 5 rebounds to go along with that. He did have 4 turnovers including two where he stepped OB. But overall he had a decent game considering the environment on the road.

While his line is not spectacular, I thought Jalen Warley played under control and made few mistakes in the 26 minutes he was on the floor.

The lack of referee whistles. Despite a somewhat physical game at times, the refs kept out of the way. I thought they were consistent in what they did not call.

You had to appreciate the balanced attack by Purdue. In particular how they worked the ball down low into near point blank range, Purdue used quick passing working their way through the seams of the Seminole defense over and over giving them many ops for close layups.

Despite losing to the Boilermakers, by a much wider margin than the Vegas people predicted, FSU did not go away and fought hard the entire game. Simply put, too much experience against a lot of inexperience and a great deal of talent bested the 'Noles.


The Bad

5-2 overall record, 0-2 on the road. In four previous meeting, FSU was 4-0 with Hamilton having three of those wins. Make that 4-1.

Leonard Hamilton called Purdue the best team he has ever played. And the #2 ranked Boilermakers looked lived up to Hamilton's appraisal.

FSU down three players due to death in the family and injury. One of those, Tanor Ngom will be out 6 weeks with a knee injury. FSU could have had all three back and it would have not made that much of a difference. Purdue was on fire the entire game and stopping their guards and bigs still would have been a huge task. With the much shorter bench, Hamilton had to insert two Green Team players to spell other players for a few minutes.

After closing to 59-51 after trailing by 16 at intermission, Purdue took complete control with a quick flurry of baskets on a 12-0 run to stretch the lead to 71-51.

Shooting. While the 'Noles were not terrible from the floor at 41%, Purdue was determined not to allow any easy layups. Or layups at all for that matter. FSU did create a few transition baskets, but when forced into the half court offense, the Seminoles fell into a routine of putting up shots from distance. Credit Purdue's defense where that 7-4 player seemed to inhibit driving to the rim. Except for Mills who created a number of shots by going to the rim.

Five Boilermakers in double figures. They have shooters who can score. It is no surprise FSU had problems in defending the Boilermakers.

23 assists on 35 made baskets by Purdue. They were very effective at moving the ball radpidly around the floor. By contrast, FSU had just 12.

Matthew Cleveland (7 pts on 3-10 shooting) seemed unsettled in the hostile arena.


The Ugly

Too many empty possessions by FSU. Purdue was quick to take advantage of that by quickly pushing the ball up the floor and often setting up for a quick three or taking it to the basket.

Purdue entered the game with the nation's third best FG%. The Boilers finished right around that average connecting on 59% of their shots. However, take away the three pointers and Purdue shot 67% from inside the arc. An inexperienced defense struggled to stop Purdue shooters who are the nation's 5th best three point shooting team. And the showed that with a 12-25 effort in this game.

Rebounding. A combination of missing two footers and a team that rebounds by committee saw FSU beaten badly on the boards, 36-25.


Up Next

Syracuse in Tallahassee for a 4 PM tip on the ACCN. FSU will be looking to tie Duke for the most consecutive conference home victories currently at 26. Syracuse (4-3) edged Indiana (6-1), 112-110, in a wild double OT game.
 

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The Good

The great start to the game that saw FSU race out to a 33-18 lead in the first 10 plus minutes of the game.

The fight in the team to have that last second chance to beat the Gamecocks after being down by seven points with 4:55 to play. A 7-0 run in just over a half minute tied the game at 61.

The defense holding USC's leading scorer, Erik Stevenson (12.3 ppg) to just five points. It started on his first touch of the game when he was faced with trying to put up a shot over 7-1 John Butler.

Malik Osborne who nearly had a double double (15 pts, 9 rbs). It was his block of Keyshawn Bryant's point blank layup and subsequent rebound with 14 seconds left that gave Osborne the final op to win the game.

Leonard Hamilton managing to hold on to his final timeout after having to use his next to last one with 9:31 remaining in the game. You almost never see Hamilton have to burn timeouts with that much time on the clock. He made good use of that timeout by setting up a nice looking play that gave Osborne a wide open look from the top of the key. Just minutes earlier, Malik knocked down a three to bring FSU to within two at 61-59. It was a good look at the rim, but unfortunately it did not go down.

Caleb Mills with 13 points who needs to go more to the basket. If he didn't make the shot, he went to the line where he was 5-5.

Overall team FT shooting. 21-28. That was one more made FT than the number of FTs USC attempted. And the Gamecocks made just ten. That is what kept FSU in the game.

Despite playing poorly (and both teams looked like had not played in a week), somehow FSU managed to hold a 36-30 halftime lead.

Plays of the game. Butler preventing a breakaway slam dunk that would have made it an eight point game, 58-52. He did not get the block fouling Wildens Leveque instead. Leveque however missed both freebies. Rayquan Evans with the steal drawing the foul. In converting the FTs, FSU trailed by just one, 66-65. Naheem McLeod's FT that took five bounces off the rim before falling through the net for a 25-11 lead.


The Bad

FSU's overall record falling to 5-4 and recording its third straight loss.

Not to leave the Gamecocks out this, add in Josh Gray's attempt to throw the ball off a FSU player who was laying on the floor and touching the OB line. Gray missed him altogether from point blank range.

The 'Noles led 50-42. Over the next 1:15, USC went on a 10-0 run to lead 52-50.

FSU was beaten badly on the boards, 41-33. A lack of blocking out can partly be blamed for that. A guard, Stevenson, out past the three point line actually crashed in to get the rebound and the put back to give USC a 58-52 lead.


The Ugly

An offense that cold as ice in the second half of the first quarter. The Seminoles did not score a basket over the remaining 6:47 of the half and the first fifty seconds of the second period. Struggling against the zone defense, as is often the case for this team, the scoreless stretch was highlighted by lazy telegraphed passes against the zone, incredibly bad turnovers, and three point shots jacked upusually as the shot clock was about to expire. The Gamecocks successfully took away FSU's transition game forcing the 'Noles into a half court game. After shooting 50% at one point, the inability to hit shots saw the Seminoles' shooting percentage plummet to 37% for the game. A highlight of that poor play was Cam Fletcher fouling the Gamecock player with nine seconds left in the half and his over and back play. Hamilton must not thought too much of his contributions as Fletcher played only four minutes. Then there was a 2 on 1 break with FSU really needing the basket. Instead the ball went right through Matt Cleveland's hands and OB as he was about to elevate for the lay up.

The back to back home run inbound passes early in the game that SC converted into points. In the second half, the Seminoles gave up another inbound play that led to an easy lay up.

Evans launching a desperation three that turned into an And 1 play at the other end.

And the ugly play did not go unnoticed in the booth. "It looks like they (FSU) have not played organized ball" and "As works of art go, this is not one of them" referring to both teams.

USC head coach Frank Martin with the shaved head. Not a pretty sight IMO.

A side note. If you did not know, Doug Edwards, yes that Doug Edwards, is USC's director of student athletic development.


Up Next

Lipscomb in Tallahassee for a 9 PM tip and to be aired on the ACCN. The Bisons are currently 5-6 and on a four game losing streak including a blowout loss to Miami.
 

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I'm coming to the conclusion that we're now a women's soccer school, but I guess that's better than nothing. (At least I have some pretty girls surrounding a trophy on my desktop.)
 

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I was hoping Mills would go inside at the end when we were only down 1 point.
I've seen him make some tough shots in heavy traffic. And as BFT pointed out, he is strong at he foul line.
1,000% this! We were down by only 1 with 7.5secs to go and we take a 3pt shot???? This play made no sense! Even with their center camped out under the basket, we should've drove to the basket, even pull up short and bank it off the glass to avoid a charge. It would've been a much higher percentage chance to win the game. smh
 
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The Good

FSU's overall record improves to 6-4 ending a three game losing streak. The Seminoles take a 2-1 series lead. Of course the last time the two teams played was in back to back seasons 70 years ago. But still, the 'Noles now have a two game winning streak vs the Bisons.

What started out as a bit of a struggle on offense and trailing Lipscomb 14-12 with 12:27, turned into a rout. After an Anthony Polite slam dunk tied the game at 14, FSU finally took a lead and gradually pulled away to lead at the break, 44-28. A 19-3 run over the first five plus minutes of the second period gave FSU firm control of the game.

Shooting only 30% in those first minutes, FSU got its transition game going (fast break points, 15-0) along with solid ball movement in the half court resulting in a blistering 53% from the floor including 54% from the arc (14-26). The Bison just did not have the athletes to match with the Seminoles lacking a defense that could trap effectively like Syracuse and South Carolina did. Coach Hamilton said in pre-game that this team had the potential to be one of his best shooting teams but just had not showed it yet in games. They showed that potential tonight.

The 10 steals contributing to 19 Bison turnovers and often ending with slam dunks at the other end.

Player of the game. No question it was Polite with a career high 25 points on 10-14 shooting to go along with 4 steals hand 5 assists. Among his numerous highlights were his dribble drive along the baseline for the reverse layup plus the foul followed by his steal and coast to coast basket tied up the Bison, 14-14.

Four other Seminoles in double digits. Wyatt Wilkes finally got on track with 13 points although he was just 5-13 from the floor (3-7 from the arc). Malik Osborne and Cam'Ron Fletcher (who Coach Hamilton praised his energy in this game) each had 12 and John Butler added 11.

Not to be overlooked, Cam Mills and his 6 assists. With his ability to break down the defense, Mills smartly dished off or tossed the alley oop pass to a teammate several times for the showtime slam. His two best assists was his drive along the left baseline drawing the defender and making the pass around him to Osborne on the other side of the lane who was fouled on the play giving FSU a 23-18 lead. The second was on a 3 on 1 break with Mills lobbing the ball to an elevating Polite and the slam giving FSU a 74-38 lead.


The Bad

The Bison knocked down far too many open threes. Hamilton attributed that to still some confusion out on the floor leading to missed switches.

Hamilton I am sure will bring up in the game film session Parker Hazen's clear lane to the basket and the emphatic slam dunk. Obviously he was not fond of the play when it happened immediately calling a timeout.

Add to that probably five back door plays with open cutters down the side of the lane.

Matthew Cleveland out for "medical reasons".


The Ugly

The five minute scoring drought in the first half. Fortunately it was the only one, but against a shorter and less talented Lipscomb?

Jacob Ognacevic. Apparently the FSU defense was not aware he could shoot threes and left him open for the clear three pointer (5-6 from the arc, 20 points). Again missed switches and rotations were a factor.


Up Next

FSU travels to Sunrise for the Orange Bowl Classic to take on UCF in a 3:30 tip off. You may recall the Knights last season ended FSU's out of conference home court winning streak. UCF (7-2) is a formidable team once again this season knocking off earlier this evening Temple 65-48. The game with be aired on the Bally Sports network.
 

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The Good

7-4 overall, 1-1 ACC. All after an 18 day pause (tying the 1955-1956 school record for most days off between games) where the team practiced maybe three times together over that period. The victory extends NC State's losing streak to five games and gives FSU four straight wins over the Wolfpack.

Grinding out a back and forth game all game long where the Seminoles never lead by more than five and NC State never by more than four. The Pack led by one 75-74 with only 1:50 remaining. From that point on several Seminoles made key plays at both ends outscoring NCS 9-6 that included a meaningless three at the buzzer.

Key in those remaining minutes were the two FTs by first year player, Matthew Cleveland. With four seconds left and FSU leading 81-78, Cleveland made sure that last heave was meaningless.

The lay off apparently did not affect shooting. Although Leonard Hamilton felt the offense struggled at times, the 'Noles were 51% from the floor owning the paint 44-32 despite a dominant performance by Dereon Seabron (see The Ugly). FSU shot well enough from the arc (40%), and made the FTs they needed down the stretch, 19-26 (73%). The nineteen FTs equaled the number of attempts from the stripe the Wolfpack took.

The bench outscoring NCS 35-9. And was it needed. NC State is not a deep team and it showed. Even though Hamilton shortened his rotations late in the game, he did an excellent job in inserting the right players.

Players of the game. A lot of them frankly starting with the four in double figures. Malik Osborne leading the way with 19 points, Cam Fletcher with an outstanding game at both ends scoring 14 (the break allowed his broken nose to heal and ditch the plastic mask), Cleveland with 13 points and 9 boards, and Caleb Mills also with 13. I had been wanting Mills to go left more with his dribble penetration and he did that at least twice in the contest. The stats do not reflect it but Anthony Polite and Rayquan Evans contributed in key parts of the game with a rebound, an assist, taking a charge, or hitting a basket.

Plays of the game. Got to start with Cam's steal of a sideline inbound pass with 8 seconds remaining. Fouled on the play, Fletcher made one of two to give FSU an 81-78 lead. The miss however led to a Wolfpack foul sending Cleveland to the line for what would be the final margin of victory. Evans' driving lay up giving FSU a 74-73 lead. His defensive effort earlier in the game to block a Pack player's shot from behind. Malik's two FTs for the 79-75 FSU lead with 56 seconds left. Osborne's back to back threes with one ironically coming from the exact same spot where he missed the shot that would have beaten South Carolina.


The Bad

Easy to see why Wyatt Wilkes only played five minutes. Twice his defense was atrocious leaving his man wide open for the ball reversal and subsequent wide open three.

NCS doesn't shoot the ball well at just 41%. That was not the case as the Seminole defense had its difficulties in allowing the Pack to shoot 52% from the floor. NCS is ranked as the 14th best team defensively. At times, FSU looked more like the 14th ranked team. And then they would pull it together and make a big play. Lack of practice I would think.

Apparently court awareness was a tad off. At least five times a Seminole player when receiving a pass had a foot on the OB line.


The Ugly

Seabron absolutely shredded FSU's perimeter defense. A strong scorer, he looked even more so punishing the 'Noles with 32 points on 12-14 shooting. And that includes just 1-2 from the arc. Nobody seemed able to stop him and the interior defense failed to recover several times. This has a been a trend this season against teams with a guard who can put it on the floor.

And then there was Terquavion Smith who was ten points above his 13 ppg avg and well above his 39% FG %., 8 of 15, 7-13 from the arc.

Between those two, they outscored the rest of their teammates. If FSU could have played any kind defense on those two, this game is no where near the close shave it was.


Up Next

FSU host Wake Forest (11-3; 1-2) on Tuesday for a 7 PM tip. The game will shown on Bally Sports Network. The Deacons are currently on a two game losing streak having lost to Louisville and Miami.
 

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Seabron and Smith were unreal for the pack.
Rebounds were impressive for the Noles, especially considering how few minutes that the 7’ guys are playing recently.

Thanks for the great write up once again, Mr. BfT. You are an amazing fan
 

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The Good

A defense that started off well enough in forcing 5 WF turnovers in the early minutes. FSU began 6-0 and held an 11-8 lead before the roof caved in.

Turnovers overall that saw the Seminole defense make Wake turn the ball over 22 times on the strength of 16 steals. Unfortunately, FSU could not convert the Deacon miscues often enough, just 15 points. FSU could never get much of a transition game going, 15-13 fast break points.

A brief 9-0 run that closed the score to 61-45 with 8:26 remaining. For a moment it looked like the Seminoles might make it more of a contest.

FTs. At least FSU shot those well, 20-25 (80%).

Matthew Cleveland leading the team with 13 points mostly on 7-11 from the line. Caleb Mills was the only other Seminole in double digits with 10.

That the game mercifully ended. It was a forgettable one.


The Bad

7-5 overall, 1-2 ACC ending a four game winning streak against the Deacons.

WF is 2nd in the ACC in scoring (80.5) and FG %, (48%). The FSU defense did very little to change that as the Deacons connected on 46% of their shots. Leonard Hamilton after the game attributed his team's difficulties to the offense affecting thee defense. The first half saw five 'Noles pick up two fouls each thus affecting rotations.

It apparently was as cold inside Joel Coliseum as it was outside (no snow inside however). FSU was an abysmal 25% from the floor. Hamilton felt his team had good looks, but inexperience played a factor. Whereas WF executed their game plan, Florida State did not. It was not for lack of effort however. This was a game where nothing went right for the 'Noles. FSU has not had one of this kind of game in a long time.

Down 35-22 at intermission, a 17-7 WF start over the first 6:30 of the second period made a comeback by the 'Noles very problematic.


The Ugly

With the score 11-8, that is the point in the game where it all fell apart for the Seminoles. A 7:55 scoring drought missing 14 consecutive shots while WF scored 17 straight points put the 'Noles behind as it turned out for good, 25-11. As the second half continued, Florida State found themselves trailing by as many as 25.

Rebounding was ridiculously in favor of Wake, 52-30. Credit Wake, they used the transfer portal well and have added good experienced players to their team. FSU's young players are still learning the ropes. Getting outrebounded by 22 however is embarrassing.

17% ....... as in just 4-26 from the arc.

Mills just 2-13 from the floor.


Up Next

NOW .... FSU returns home (unlike what I said after the NC State game) for the first time since Dec 15. The Seminoles will host Louisville for an 8 PM tip on Saturday night. The Cardinals are currently tied for the ACC lead with a 3-0 record, 9-4 overall. They play Pitt tomorrow night after beating GT on the weekend and WF, 73-69, before that.
 

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The Good

8-5 overall, 2-2, ACC, 7-1 at home and five straight wins over Louisville handing the Cardinals their first conference loss of the season and out of a tie for first place. In a gutty performance that showed more energy than the previous game, FSU led by ten, 50-40 at the half only to see that margin closed to just two, 63-61, with 4:42 left. Some ill-advised lengthy threes by UL led to defensive rebounds by the Seminoles.

After a poor shooting outing vs WF, the Seminoles bounced back in a big way converting 46% of their shots. Leonard Hamilton commented after the game that the team learned something from the WF loss.

14 assists on 27 made baskets, Except for a stretch in the second half, the 'Noles did a good job of moving and sharing the ball.

Just six turnovers, a season low. And one of those was a bush league steal with two seconds left in the game after Anthony Polite dribbled under the basket and declined to take the shot.

Player of the game. Caleb MIlls who scored a FSU career high 27 points (9-16, 6-8 FTs) while tying his previous collegiate career high. By intermission, Mills had amassed 23. With the effort he expended, he had to take a seat for more than six minutes of the second period. His absence showed as the FSU offense stalled. Also credit his ability to stay in the game after picking up his 4th foul. I would also add how he missed a lay up and promptly hustled back on defense to prevent a wide open three by UL.

Matthew Cleveland with 17 points tying his career high on 7 of 8 shooting to go along with 5 boards. Unfortunately, he was miserable at the line (2-6).

Plays of the game. With 39 seconds remaining and the 'Noles leading 77-70, FSU inbounded the ball to Mills who passed to Jalen Warley who passed back to Mills who got the ball up the floor to Polite before UL fouled. When it was done, the Cards had allowed 14 seconds to run off the clock. Two FTs later, the game was essentially decided. With FSU struggling from the stripe and leading 75-67, UL's Samuel Williamson had a chance to close it to two possessions. He missed both attempts. A near turnover turned into a slam dunk by Cleveland and a 74-65 lead. The 5:21 UL went without a point in the second period. Mills' drive into the lane kicking out to Wyatt Wilkes who canned the three for FSU's first lead of the game 11-9. The 'Noles never trailed again.


The Bad

Rebounds were even at 38 and 10 offensive apiece, but UL scored at least 19 second chance points. Blocking out seems to need addressing.

From the booth, "the Seminoles have not had a turnover yet in the game." Twenty seconds later ....... The announcer's curse strikes again.

Gene Deckerhoff in isolation after testing positive. He will not be available for the next game finishing out the five day isolation period.


The Ugly

John Butler celebrating a made three and then jogging back on defense. Meanwhile UL launches a long inbound pass to the man he should have been guarding. The result was an uncontested lay up.

6'3" El Ellis "trying" to guard 7'4" Naheem McLeod. It worked for us, but still that had to be a match up Chris Mack did not want to see. Any time you have that kind of defensive disparity, it is ugly. Ellis fouled McLeod on the play by the way.

The six total points FSU scored over the first 9:40 of the second half. Somehow FSU managed to hold onto the lead however.

FT shooting. FSU finished the game 17-28 (61%). But at one point the 'Noles were a horrid 39% from the stripe.

Ellis with that bush league steal with just 2 seconds on the clock. Fittingly UL missed the final shot.


Up Next

FSU remains at home to host Miami (13-3, 5-0) on Tuesday at 8:00 PM to be aired on the ACCN. About the same time the 'Noles were defeating UL, Miami beat Duke at Cameron Indoor 76-74 by going on a 5-0 run at the end. Coupled with the UL loss, the 'Canes are now alone in first place in the ACC and on a nine game winning streak. Before tonight, a Coach K Duke team had never lost on January 8th (10-0). Until now.
 

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The Good

8-5 overall, 2-2, ACC, 7-1 at home and five straight wins over Louisville handing the Cardinals their first conference loss of the season and out of a tie for first place. In a gutty performance that showed more energy than the previous game, FSU led by ten, 50-40 at the half only to see that margin closed to just two, 63-61, with 4:42 left. Some ill-advised lengthy threes by UL led to defensive rebounds by the Seminoles.

After a poor shooting outing vs WF, the Seminoles bounced back in a big way converting 46% of their shots. Leonard Hamilton commented after the game that the team learned something from the WF loss.

14 assists on 27 made baskets, Except for a stretch in the second half, the 'Noles did a good job of moving and sharing the ball.

Just six turnovers, a season low. And one of those was a bush league steal with two seconds left in the game after Anthony Polite dribbled under the basket and declined to take the shot.

Player of the game. Caleb MIlls who scored a FSU career high 27 points (9-16, 6-8 FTs) while tying his previous collegiate career high. By intermission, Mills had amassed 23. With the effort he expended, he had to take a seat for more than six minutes of the second period. His absence showed as the FSU offense stalled. Also credit his ability to stay in the game after picking up his 4th foul. I would also add how he missed a lay up and promptly hustled back on defense to prevent a wide open three by UL.

Matthew Cleveland with 17 points tying his career high on 7 of 8 shooting to go along with 5 boards. Unfortunately, he was miserable at the line (2-6).

Plays of the game. With 39 seconds remaining and the 'Noles leading 77-70, FSU inbounded the ball to Mills who passed to Jalen Warley who passed back to Mills who got the ball up the floor to Polite before UL fouled. When it was done, the Cards had allowed 14 seconds to run off the clock. Two FTs later, the game was essentially decided. With FSU struggling from the stripe and leading 75-67, UL's Samuel Williamson had a chance to close it to two possessions. He missed both attempts. A near turnover turned into a slam dunk by Cleveland and a 74-65 lead. The 5:21 UL went without a point in the second period. Mills' drive into the lane kicking out to Wyatt Wilkes who canned the three for FSU's first lead of the game 11-9. The 'Noles never trailed again.


The Bad

Rebounds were even at 38 and 10 offensive apiece, but UL scored at least 19 second chance points. Blocking out seems to need addressing.

From the booth, "the Seminoles have not had a turnover yet in the game." Twenty seconds later ....... The announcer's curse strikes again.

Gene Deckerhoff in isolation after testing positive. He will not be available for the next game finishing out the five day isolation period.


The Ugly

John Butler celebrating a made three and then jogging back on defense. Meanwhile UL launches a long inbound pass to the man he should have been guarding. The result was an uncontested lay up.

6'3" El Ellis "trying" to guard 7'4" Naheem McLeod. It worked for us, but still that had to be a match up Chris Mack did not want to see. Any time you have that kind of defensive disparity, it is ugly. Ellis fouled McLeod on the play by the way.

The six total points FSU scored over the first 9:40 of the second half. Somehow FSU managed to hold onto the lead however.

FT shooting. FSU finished the game 17-28 (61%). But at one point the 'Noles were a horrid 39% from the stripe.

Ellis with that bush league steal with just 2 seconds on the clock. Fittingly UL missed the final shot.


Up Next

FSU remains at home to host Miami (13-3, 5-0) on Tuesday at 8:00 PM to be aired on the ACCN. About the same time the 'Noles were defeating UL, Miami beat Duke at Cameron Indoor 76-74 by going on a 5-0 run at the end. Coupled with the UL loss, the 'Canes are now alone in first place in the ACC and on a nine game winning streak. Before tonight, a Coach K Duke team had never lost on January 8th (10-0). Until now.
Nice work, BFT.
I had the chance to see FSU smoke the Cardinals a few years back at the Tuck. Same big start that set them back, same slow rally back to a close game, same strong finish.
Chris Mack has gotta be shaking his head…

If this young team can find some consistency, they will be a tough out later. McCloud needs to be a big part of it. And, I do mean BIG.
It was a really strong bounce back win by a team full of young ones. Osborne did not practice since before the Wake game and Ngom has been out, so Naheem McCloud showing up bodes very well moving forward.
 

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Nice work, BFT.
I had the chance to see FSU smoke the Cardinals a few years back at the Tuck. Same big start that set them back, same slow rally back to a close game, same strong finish.
Chris Mack has gotta be shaking his head…

If this young team can find some consistency, they will be a tough out later. McCloud needs to be a big part of it. And, I do mean BIG.
It was a really strong bounce back win by a team full of young ones. Osborne did not practice since before the Wake game and Ngom has been out, so Naheem McCloud showing up bodes very well moving forward.
Hopefully we'll emulate Louisville from back during the Denny Crum days and play our best ball in February and March!
 

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The Good

9-5 overall, 3-2 ACC knocking off a league leader for the second game in a row and recording the eighth straight win over the Hurricanes over a team with three six year starters. It was also the 'Noles 4th win in their last five games. FSU trailed 61-58 with 2:00 remaining. A three pointer gave the 'Noles a 63-61 lead with 27 seconds on the clock. The Seminoles played excellent defense but could not corral the rebound twice. That led to Charlie Moore canning a three from the right corner giving UM a 64-63 lead and just seven ticks left. Following a FSU timeout, Rayquan Evans pushed the ball to the rim drawing the foul with .8 sec remaining. Evans calmly sank both FTs and Miami could not get the shot off before time expired.

Leonard Hamilton said before the game that a key to victory would be stopping UM's isolation plays and containing the dribble. Miami probably got too many points from penetration for Hamilton. But after getting punched in the nose early on with the 'Canes going out to a 15-7 lead, the 'Noles went on a 11-0 run to lead 18-15. UM had a 9-0 run taking a 25-20 margin. FSU once again answered and trailed by just one, 29-28, at the break despite not playing especially crisp. From then on it was a battle of attrition as neither team could establish dominance. The largest lead in the second period by either team was four.

Bench scoring distinctly in favor of FSU, 25-0.

With 15 points, Matthew Cleveland has now scored in double digits in every game played in 2022.

Player of the game. Going to give it to Evans although everyone contributed something. But Evans had one of his best games offensively so far with 11 points. His game winning FTs were nothing but net. Anthony Polite added 12.

Plays of the game. Caleb Mills throws a pass to the left side that was somewhat off target. Evans prevented the steal and tossed back to Malik Osborne on the left wing who nailed the open three that gave FSU the 63-61 lead. Immediately before that, Polite grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled on the play. Converting both freebies, FSU trailed by one, 61-60 at the 1:27 mark. Cleveland with three defenders on him and the reverse lay up plus the foul pulling FSU to within one, 50-49. Evans' three right after that gave the 'Noles the lead for the first time in the second half. Evans with the steal going coast to coast for the slam finishing that 11-0 run and an 18-15 lead. Mills and a zig zag thru the defense that made it look like the defenders were standing in concrete for the lay up, 20-16.

Rebounding. 37-25. Although Miami twice managed consecutive Orbs on the same possessions, they mostly did not bother with offensive boards. Instead they chose to get back to prevent FSU's transition game. That worked out in the end in FSU's favor as the Seminoles scored 17 second chance points to UM's 5.

FTs, 13-16 (81%).


Memo to Charlie Moore who did more than his fair share of trash talking after made baskets: Score board.


The Bad

FSU was sloppy from the start racking up two turnovers on their first two possessions. By intermission, FSU had 10 miscues with a number of them self inflicted. On the plus side, the Seminoles recorded just five after half time. UM scored 21 points off those turnovers.

It was the luck of the bounce on a 50/50 ball, but Miami got the offensive board leading to McGusty's three from the right corner putting the 'Canes up 61-58. In an almost repeat play, Miami got consecutive offensive boards with Moore connecting on the three for a 64-63 lead and seven seconds left. Thankfully after dominating the boards, those possessions did not cost the 'Noles the game.

UM shooting 75% nearly 3/4 of the way into the game. Penetration. And they had an ability to negate FSU's height by putting the shot high off the glass.


The Ugly

With 7:30 gone, FSU was shooting 25% from the floor. Contributing to that was a 1-10 mark from the arc.

After his 27 point outing vs UL, Mills just about could not buy a basket. Just 2-10 and four points.

Mills with the steal driving down the far side launching an alley oop to Jalen Warley who clanged it off the rim.

FSU had not missed a FT all game. Until Warley clanged two off the rim with FSU down 59-57. Cleveland was the other miss with the score 59-58.

After letting them play in the first half, I thought the refs got a little picky in the second. I can guess Miami thought the same on that final foul on Evans leading to the game winning points.


Up Next

FSU heads up north for a rematch at Syracuse. And you want to talk about ugly. The expected high on Saturday is 4 degrees and a low of minus 8. Tip is at 3 PM and to be aired on the Deuce. As we all recall, last month the Orange ended FSU's conference home winning streak. The Seminoles will attempt to add on to what has been Jim Boeheim's worst start to a season, 8-8, 2-3. Although the 'Cuse beat Pitt earlier tonight, 77-61, they had lost three straight.
 

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Let's hope LH has found his best lineup and some of the younger guys are more ready to play. We are not deep enough talent-wise to sub like LH normally does. We are not a good rebounding team and have to hit a decent % of shots. Except for the one big game (actual half), Mills has been disappointing to me but he gets a lot of burn every game. I think he should sit more perhaps. Evans stepped it up vs. Miami some but he is another one that has not been consistent at all much for a veteran player.
 

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FSU 79 Duke 78 OT The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


The Good

11-5 overall, 5-2 ACC, 8-1 at home this season, 81-5 at home the last six seasons,, and the 13th consecutive win in overtime extending the record FSU set last season. It was the 'Noles first win over Duke in six tries. As Leonard Hamilton often calls a game like this, just your typical ACC blowout. And a win over a team Hamilton praised before and after the game saying the 6th ranked Blue Devils are Final Four material.

If you like back and forth games, this was it as the lead changed 19 times.

Think about where this team was a month ago and questions about making the NCAA. FSU is not there yet, but this was another quality win and the biggest of the season to date.

Players of the game. RayQuan Evans, Caleb Mills, ans John Butler. Evans for his game tying high off the glass dribble drive lay up and the two game winning FTs in OT. Mills (18 pts) who scored eight of FSU's eleven points in overtime as well as being effective in beating Duke's zone defense. Butler for his career high 14 points and more importantly blocking Wendall Moore's jumper with three seconds left in OT sending the ball rolling into the back court as time expired.

The 9-0 run at the start of the second half to give FSU a 42-38 lead. The 'Noles defense made it very tough for Duke to score holding the Blue Devils to just five points in the first ten minutes of the period.

Rebounding 43-27 that included 17 offensive boards and 12 second chance points to Duke's eight.

Just five total turnovers against a team that usually lives by creating offense from its defense. Duke overplayed the passing lanes as they normally do. But while FSU's offense was stagnant at times, the 'Noles played smart and took care of the ball.

Malik Osbourne playing 33 minutes although you could tell he is still hobbled. This after Hamilton said on his Monday talk show that he doubted Malik would play. It was still a tough game for shooting just 1-7. He did collect seven boards.

Plays of the game. Hard to top Evans' lay up to tie the game at 67. FSU spread the floor and let Evans beat Pablo Banchero off the dribble and made sure the ball had a chance to go through the net by putting it high on the glass. Hamilton taking out Mills after Evans' made FTs and inserting Butler for his size on defense.It paid off in a big way. Butler's slam dunk on the alley oop inbound pass coming out of a FSU timeout. Evans getting a hard screen as the ball was being brought up the floor (memo to teammates, you might want to warn him next time). As it turned out, Wyatt Wilkes stole the ball and because Evans was still on Duke's end of the floor, a long outlet pass led to a fast break lay up, 25-21.


The Bad

Mills turning his head for just a moment allowing Banchero to drive the ball past him and down the lane. Mills compounded the mistake by swatting at the ball and ended up fouling him.

Matthew Cleveland, please work on your FTs. 0-3, And it was a terrible last 90 seconds of the 1st half for Cleveland. Missed FTs, his pocket picked, and a poor shot selection with 14 seconds left on the shot clock.

Duke going to the zone late in the game really slowed the 'Noles offense. It was a major factor as AJ Griffin's basket completed an 8-0 run to tie the game, 65-65, with 1:05 left.


The Ugly

A 33-31 lead turned into 38-33 deficit at intermission with very sloppy play.

2 hr 20 min to play 40 minutes. Then add in OT. To their credit, the crowd stayed to the end which was around 11:40 PM.

And speaking of slow play and dragging out a game. Before FSU came on, the Kansas/Oklahoma game had to end first. It took 11 minutes to play 28 seconds. Watching paint dry would have been faster with the way those two teams and the refs dragged it out.


Up Next

A makeup game that was to be played last month against North Florida. Tip off is on Thursday at noon and to be shown on the ACCN. The Ospreys are 4-14.