FSU 105 NCS 73 The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Bill From Tampa

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FSU 105 NCS 73 The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


The Good

6-2 overall, 2-1 ACC, 19 straight ACC wins at home. Prior to tonight, Kevin Keatts' Wolfpack had beaten the Seminoles just one time. After tonight, he remains with just one win over FSU. The Pack came into the civic center on a two game losing streak. Make that a three game losing streak now.

Rust????? What rust? After a 15 day layoff, the 'Noles broke the century mark shooting 71% from the floor (41-25), 66% from the arc (12-18), and 100% (11-11) from the stripe. And it was right from the get go as FSU poured it on from the middle of the first half fueled by a 20-4 run to lead by 25 at intermission, 57-32. At one pt FSU was shooting 77%, 83%, 100%. The Seminoles trailed just once, 9-8 before exploding. To the 'Noles credit, they never took their foot off the gas maintaining a 20 something lead throughout the second period.

Even better, unselfish play. FSU moved the ball very well playing team ball collecting 24 assists against those 41 baskets.

Turnovers. Just 11 of them against a team that has been very good at forcing miscues.

Scottie Barnes not starting for the first time this season but playing. Rayquan Evans started in his place (who made the most of it) due to being a little banged up. An apparent foot injury in the second half saw him go to the locker room but reports say it is nothing serious although he remained on the bench for the rest of the game.

Career highs. As mentioned, Evans made the most of the start scoring a career high 24 points missing just 2 of his 11 shots, added 6 rebounds, and dished out 2 assists as well. He started off the scoring for FSU with back to back threes. Also setting a new personal best was Nathanael Jack who poured in 18 that included 4-5 from the arc. But not just from the arc, but from waaaaaay behind the arc as his back to back threes from nearthe logo put the 'Noles over the 100 point mark. Add to the double digit scorers MJ Walker's 19 (6-7 from the floor) and Barnes with 11.

The transition game returned. I forgot to keep track of fast break points but I am sure they were into double digits. Active hands, anticipating, and getting out and running. The 'Noles had looked lethargic the past couple of games in that aspect of play. The 'Noles did a fine job of disrupting and defending the inbound pass as well.

The fact that we were able to bring in walk-on Justin Linder with more than five to play shows how in control of this game the Seminoles were. And Linder didn't just kill minutes, he contributed with 3 assists and 2 steals.

Plays of the game: Walker eschewing the three from the left corner to find Tanor Ngom with the better shot under the basket, 28-13. Barnes also from that same corner with the touch pass to Ngom again under the rim. Evans with the coast to coast steal and slam, 39-15. Sardaar Calhoun to Barnes in transition, 57-30 (too bad the defense was not awake giving up a breakaway right before halftime). Walker with two coast to coast dunks, 62-37; 66-37. After the ball touched three other FSU players, Balsa Koprivica under the rim patiently waiting for the defender to fly by and the easy stuff. Barnes on the break passing to Polite from one side of the basket to the other again finding the player with the better shot, 64-37. Moments later Barnes was on the break again this time faking the pass instead putting the ball in high off the glass. Calhoun with the dribble drive spin move switching to the left hand to score the basket, 79-50.


The Bad

In the postgame, Leonard Hamilton was not especially happy with his defense. Nor should he have been as FSU gave up 44% from the floor and 42% from the arc. Numerous times the Seminoles were caught being drawn too far to the ball side never showing to the weak side man. A quick ball reversal and there was the wide open shooter.

OK, I guess Evans isn't Superman after all as he let a pass in transition from Polite bounce off his shoulder and OB.


The Ugly

The dimensions of a basketball court are 94 feet by 50 feet. Not 94 x 65 as estimated by Polite on that cross court pass to a teammate that was about 10 feet too high.


Up Next

FSU hosts North Carolina (8-4, 3-2) on Saturday at noon to be aired on ESPN. When we last saw the Tar Heels (which was Tuesday night) they managed to get past Syracuse 81-75.
 
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Bill From Tampa

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27. As in fast break points. I told you they racked them up in last night's game.

That compares to the 5 against Clemson.

Yeah, they worked on transition over that 15 days.
 
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