FSU 80 Clemson 61 The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Bill From Tampa

Veteran Seminole Insider
Apr 1, 2002
FSU 80 Clemson 61 The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Good

9-2 overall, 5-1 ACC. 21 consecutive conference wins at home tying UVa for third in ACC history (btw, Duke holds 1st and 2nd at 26 and 22 ACC wins at home). Payback for the loss in a big way at Littlejohn absolutely destroying the Tigers. And it wasn't that close as FSU led by as many as 38 (69-31). The third straight game in which Clemson has been steamrolled.

An offense that continues to click with 48% overall (would have been better save for a couple of periods of sloppy play, something that did not sit particularly well with Coach Hamilton) and 43% from the arc.

Career highs. Sardaar Calhoun tying for a game high 13 points. Scottie Barnes with 7 assists. Balsa Koprivica recording his first career double double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

RaiQuan Gray with all 11 of his 11 points in the second half. MJ Walker added 10 points. After being assisted from the floor and looking very wobbly due to being accidentally clobbered in the head by Tanor Ngom, reports said he was alert but obviously he was not returning to the game. Eleven Seminoles scored at least one point.

A defense that held Clemson to just 30% from the floor. It was even worse from distance (which was good for FSU) as the Tigers were 5-16 (17%).

The Green Vipers inserted into the game with 2:49 left making an immediate contribution. Justin Linder lobbed an alley oop pass to Quincy Ballard for the slam dunk on the very first possession after play resumed.

Play of the game. Malik Osbourne with the emphatic stuff of Hunter Tyson's attempted layup. Later Osbourne stole the ball right out of Tyson's hands. Those plays sparked a FSU run that gave the 'Noles complete control of the game.

Other plays of note. Wilkes with a steal and a blocked shot in the first three minutes of the game helping to set the defensive tone. Rayquan Evans with the offensive put back off a missed three by Osbourne and a 33-18 lead. Calhoun with the rare 4 point play after being fouled on the right wing. Gray deciding not to take the three from the left corner as a defender sailed by instead driving the baseline for the slam dunk giving FSU a 48-24 lead. Balsa with the defensive rebound and once again hustling down the floor being rewarded with the pass as he was running wide open down the lane finishing with the slam.

Duke losing for the third consecutive game.

The Bad

Anthony Polite still out with the shoulder injury. He did not even dress today.

Gray picking up his second foul just 2:50 into the game. Obviously he sat for the rest of the half.

Wilkes fouling with one second on the shot clock.

A sloppy last six minutes that saw multiple times the ball turned over on consecutive possessions. It was sort of a Keystone Cops at one point where four straight possessions (2 by each team) resulted in a turnover.

Sending Clemson to the FT line (22-26). As Gene Deckerhoff said during the game, "If it wasn't for FTs, Clemson would be run out of the building. Well, they are anyway".

The Ugly

Wilkes knocked hard to the floor by a Tiger and no call.

Barnes and FTs (2-4). As good of a player as he is, his FT shooting is just not good. His misses are not even close.

Clemson's first half shooting percentage of 17%. Of their 24 points in the half, 14 came from the stripe. The other ten were from 2 three pointers and two inside the arc. That was out of 24 shot attempts.

Up Next

The Seminoles host Miami on Wednesday night with tipoff at 6 PM to be shown on the ACCN. The Hurricanes (6-7, 2-6) have been plagued by injuries notably to Chris Lykes. However, they did beat Louisville 78-72 with just seven players available. So it would be wise not to overlook them. They take on Notre Dame Sunday night.

Bill From Tampa

Veteran Seminole Insider
Apr 1, 2002
I forgot to mention three point shooting.

As in Clemson returning the favor. We jacked up 33 at Clemson. They jacked up 30 and seemed quite willing to do so. We defended them overall pretty well. But the Tigers are not an especially good three point shooting team.
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Was watching the original Naked Gun on MLB network last night...During the scene where Curt Gowdy introduced Dick Vitale as one of his many broadcast booth-mates, I told the missus, "Damn, it's been over 30 years now since this movie came out, and Dickie V called our game today!"

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