FSU 70 UNC 78 The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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FSU 70 UNC 78 The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


The Good

MJ Walker coming back to play after sitting out a couple of games with the ankle injury and reaching the 1,000 point plateau at Florida State with a jumper from the right side. Originally ruled as a three pointer, a review revealed his foot was on the line. Unfortunately he scored just two more points in the game for a total of nine.

RaiQuan Gray with another good game (for the most part) with 17 points and 8 rebounds along with 2 steals. Unfortunately his 6 turnovers sticks out as a huge negative.

Scottie Barnes with 12 points, 7 boards, and 6 assists. Generally a good game. On offense. Defense, not so much. He had a highlight steal in the first half taking it the distance on a 1 on none and the slam. Also good was his injury in the game was not serious and was able to return to the floor shortly after the injury to his right ankle/foot. Anthony Polite with 10 points with a key layup to end the 1st half to give FSU a 12 point margin.

It was probably one of the better first half performances you will see from FSU at the Dean Dome. It looked like the Seminoles might get a rare win in Chapel Hill. Unfortunately, it is a 40 minutes game.


The Bad

14-4 overall, 10-3 ACC allowing Roy Williams to earn his 900th career win as head coach. UNC gets its revenge for the 82-75 loss they suffered in Tallahassee in January. With the loss, the Seminoles are 26-4 all time at Chapel Hill. It marked the end of a four game winning streak for FSU.

The Florida State defense allowing far too many touches in the post. Leonard Hamilton attributed that to patience on the part of the Tar Heels and moving the ball well.

Nearly two and a half hours to watch FSU play probably its worst second half of the season. Not the first time this season that the 'Noles have come out of the locker room after intermission and played with poor effort. Let's hope it is the last time.

FTs or lack thereof when it mattered. At the half, Florida State was 8-9. In the second period, the 'Noles picked a bad time to go cold from the stripe converting 5-11. Twice down the stretch the 'Noles missed the front end of a 1 and 1. UNC OTOH burned the nets from the charity stripe, 27-30, taking advantage of the pressure they applied against FSU's defense. Worst yet, UNC is dead last in the ACC in FT shooting. Not today.

A tale of two halves. At the break, FSU shot 45%. The second period the 'Noles went cold shooting just 30%. IMO, the stat of the game, UNC was 25% at the half and came out on fire converting 50% of its shots in the second.

Little things. Like Malik Osbourne stealing the inbound pass from the end line under the UNC rim and then unable to convert the layup. Or Polite colliding with a teammate that knocked the ball OB. The inbound lob from RayQuan Evans to Balsa Koprivica that was way over his head and thus sailed OB. Things like that they kept FSU from winning.


The Ugly

FSU blowing a game high 16 point lead. Hamilton commented after the game that the Tar Heels applied more pressure and were more physical than the Seminoles.

Leading by twelve at the half, 41-29, UNC rattled off a 17-3 run to start the second period. Within minutes FSU found itself trailing, 46-44. When the dust settled from the 20 minute debacle, the 'Noles were outscored by 20 points in the second half.

Hamilton having to call a timeout just 1:04 into the second half just to refocus his team. You are in Chapel Hill in the Dean Dome playing an iconic team with a lost of history. You shouldn't need to refocus one minute into a half.

Walker Kessler. Entering the game, the freshman center was averaging 3.4 ppg. Coming off the bench, he scored 20 on 9-10 shooting plus 2-2 from the line (add in 8 rebounds and 4 blocked shots). The defense on him was nothing short of ugly as he outplayed players with more experience than him.

Turnovers. FSU had five at the break. And then could not stop giving the ball away with 12 in the second period. FSU had a sizable margin in the first with 19 points off 14 UNC miscues to just 5 points off those five FSU giveaways. That evened out somewhat in the second half, 25-15 off of 17 and 21 turnovers respectively.


Up Next

Calling the UNC game one to evaluate and learn from, Hamilton and his team will return home to take on Boston College. Tip is set for 9 PM on Wednesday and will be aired on the ACCN. Earlier on Saturday, Scott Spinelli made his debut as interim head coach of the Eagles. BC (4-13, 2-9) responded with an upset win over Notre Dame (interestingly FSU's last regular season opponent), 94-90.
 
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FSU 70 UNC 78 The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


The Good

MJ Walker coming back to play after sitting out a couple of games with the ankle injury and reaching the 1,000 point plateau at Florida State with a jumper from the right side. Originally ruled as a three pointer, a review revealed his foot was on the line. Unfortunately he scored just two more points in the game for a total of nine.

RaiQuan Gray with another good game (for the most part) with 17 points and 8 rebounds along with 2 steals. Unfortunately his 6 turnovers sticks out as a huge negative.

Scottie Barnes with 12 points, 7 boards, and 6 assists. Generally a good game. On offense. Defense, not so much. He had a highlight steal in the first half taking it the distance on a 1 on none and the slam. Also good was his injury in the game was not serious and was able to return to the floor shortly after the injury to his right ankle/foot. Anthony Polite with 10 points with a key layup to end the 1st half to give FSU a 12 point margin.

It was probably one of the better first half performances you will see from FSU at the Dean Dome. It looked like the Seminoles might get a rare win in Chapel Hill. Unfortunately, it is a 40 minutes game.


The Bad

14-4 overall, 10-3 ACC allowing Roy Williams to earn his 900th career win as head coach. UNC gets its revenge for the 82-75 loss they suffered in Tallahassee in January. With the loss, the Seminoles are 26-4 all time at Chapel Hill. It marked the end of a four game winning streak for FSU.

The Florida State defense allowing far too many touches in the post. Leonard Hamilton attributed that to patience on the part of the Tar Heels and moving the ball well.

Nearly two and a half hours to watch FSU play probably its worst second half of the season. Not the first time this season that the 'Noles have come out of the locker room after intermission and played with poor effort. Let's hope it is the last time.

FTs or lack thereof when it mattered. At the half, Florida State was 8-9. In the second period, the 'Noles picked a bad time to go cold from the stripe converting 5-11. Twice down the stretch the 'Noles missed the front end of a 1 and 1. UNC OTOH burned the nets from the charity stripe, 27-30, taking advantage of the pressure they applied against FSU's defense. Worst yet, UNC is dead last in the ACC in FT shooting. Not today.

A tale of two halves. At the break, FSU shot 45%. The second period the 'Noles went cold shooting just 30%. IMO, the stat of the game, UNC was 25% at the half and came out on fire converting 50% of its shots in the second.

Little things. Like Malik Osbourne stealing the inbound pass from the end line under the UNC rim and then unable to convert the layup. Or Polite colliding with a teammate that knocked the ball OB. The inbound lob from RayQuan Evans to Balsa Koprivica that was way over his head and thus sailed OB. Things like that they kept FSU from winning.


The Ugly

FSU blowing a game high 16 point lead. Hamilton commented after the game that the Tar Heels applied more pressure and were more physical than the Seminoles.

Leading by twelve at the half, 41-29, UNC rattled off a 17-3 run to start the second period. Within minutes FSU found itself trailing, 46-44. When the dust settled from the 20 minute debacle, the 'Noles were outscored by 20 points in the second half.

Hamilton having to call a timeout just 1:04 into the second half just to refocus his team. You are in Chapel Hill in the Dean Dome playing an iconic team with a lost of history. You shouldn't need to refocus one minute into a half.

Walker Kessler. Entering the game, the freshman center was averaging 3.4 ppg. Coming off the bench, he scored 20 on 9-10 shooting plus 2-2 from the line (add in 8 rebounds and 4 blocked shots). The defense on him was nothing short of ugly as he outplayed players with more experience than him.

Turnovers. FSU had five at the break. And then could not stop giving the ball away with 12 in the second period. FSU had a sizable margin in the first with 19 points off 14 UNC miscues to just 5 points off those five FSU giveaways. That evened out somewhat in the second half, 25-15 off of 17 and 21 turnovers respectively.


Up Next

Calling the UNC game one to evaluate and learn from, Hamilton and his team will return home to take on Boston College. Tip is set for 9 PM on Wednesday and will be aired on the ACCN. Earlier on Saturday, Scott Spinelli made his debut as interim head coach of the Eagles. BC (4-13, 2-9) responded with an upset win over Notre Dame (interestingly FSU's last regular season opponent), 94-90.
Dang. That second half was no bueno.
 
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More good news: If the Noles can finish out the slate with two wins as clear favorites, we'll have our 2nd straight ACC regular season title and no one will remember last night's debacle...It's all in our hands!
 

Bill From Tampa

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More good news: If the Noles can finish out the slate with two wins as clear favorites, we'll have our 2nd straight ACC regular season title and no one will remember last night's debacle...It's all in our hands!


I was trying to avoid counting our chickens, but that is correct. I think it might even be just one win, not sure of that, to get the title.
 
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