FSU 78 UL 65 The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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FSU 78 UL 65 The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


The Good

8-2 overall, 4-1 ACC. The third consecutive win by FSU at the KFC Yum! Center ending Louisville's six game home win streak. Leonard Hamilton starting off his next thousand games as a head coach with a W. On Monday, Florida State returned to the top 25 showing up at #25 in the Coaches' poll. Tonight's win confirms FSU deserved the ranking. Meanwhile UL checked in at #16 before the polls came out. The Cardinals' loss at Miami saw them drop out of the rankings.

It was a somewhat similar game for UL to their Saturday game at Miami. The Hurricanes led by as many as 15, UL closed it to one, but could not overcome the big deficit. Tonight the 'Noles jumped out quickly to a strong start leading by 24 at one point. And then UL started chipping away closing to 14 at the break and as close as 10 in the second half. Even at ten, the lead seemed a little shaky as FSU struggled with its offense. But key baskets and defensive plays over the final five minutes built a 16 point lead large enough for Hamilton to insert the Green Vipers in the final minute.

Some of those key plays. Wyatt Wilkes with a big three right after UL had closed to 52-40. Scottie Barnes (thankfully he returned from the ankle injury) with the offensive put back to make it 74-60. Shortly after that was the snowbird pass from MJ Walker increasing the lead to 76-60.

Wyatt Wilkes stepping into the starting spot when Anthony Polite was scratched due to tweaking a shoulder vs UNC. He stepped up in a big way with 13 points in 16 minutes on the floor.

The most amazing stat of the game. Walker, who had just one bucket for two points in the game instead found a way to contribute setting a career high in assists with 10. It was four more than the entire Louisville team.

Always have to like a game that takes less than two hours to play. The refs helped by sending both teams to the line sparingly.

Post defense was quite good tonight with two and three players quickly collapsing on the ball carrier. Baseline cutoffs were excellent as well.

Got to mention Balsa Koprivica. Six points may not be worthy of a mention but he did it with style. The notable bucket was his steal out past the time line. Taking the role of point guard, Balsa drove the ball to the basket, missed the lay up, got the rebound, and tipped the ball in for a 61-49 FSU lead. Liking the point guard role, moments later he dished out two fine assists. His third assist of the game was from behind the board to Barnes coming down the lane and a 65-49 FSU lead.

Malik Osbourne's tomahawk slam ala James Worthy followed. He finished with 12 points. Also in double digits was Rayquan Evans (who was a little under the weather due to something he ate) with 11. Barnes added 10.

Duke out of the polls for the first time since 2016. That is a good thing.


The Bad

At one point, FSU was again on fire shooting 75% from the floor. The Seminoles cooled dramatically eventually scoring no points over the last 2:06 of the half.

Louisville figured out attacking from the wings was not working. So they changed up spreading the floor and attacked from the middle. FSU had difficulty in adjusting to that. Missing their best defender, Polite (as Hamilton has called him), could not have helped.

It was just 12 turnovers for FSU. Sure like more than that though. Perhaps the numerous charging calls contributed to that perception.

Balsa will need to work on establishing better position especially when he finds himself with the smaller defender, in this case tonight the much smaller defender. No way should he have been pushed that far from the basket by a player 8 inches shorter than him. Add to that silly foul like that lasso under the basket off his missed shot. Those kind of fouls have got to go.


The Ugly

No one within 10 feet of David Johnson as he drove down the lane and the power slam. Emphasizes point #2 under The Bad.

Barnes with the extremely lazy inbounds pass that was nearly picked off. With a teammate guarded that closely, perhaps finding another teammate or putting some zip on the ball would be better options.

Quincy Ballard and FTs that had an arc of about six inches.

Apparently ESPN and Louisville have some sort of contract where Chris Mack gets on camera time every five seconds.


Up Next

Some time off until Saturday when FSU hosts Clemson (9-2) in what should be a revenge game for the debacle at Littlejohn last month. When we last saw the formerly #12 Tigers, they were busy getting hammered by 35 points losing to Virginia, 85-50. It took the Tigers 17 minutes before they scored double digit points. Unfortunately they were already down by 24. Tip off is at 3 PM and aired on ABC. In the interim, Clemson will travel to GT on Wednesday.
 

Bill From Tampa

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My bad for forgetting to mention RaiQuan Gray and yet another fine game he had last night with team highs in points (17) and rebounds (8).
 
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Hopefully they continue to evolve as a team playing together and picking up whomever may have an off night, and keep their foot on the gas pedal. Because another loss to a clemson team that looked like complete crap against ga tech will undo everything they've accomplished the past 3 games.
 
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