FSU 81 Miami 59 The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Bill From Tampa

Veteran Seminole Insider
Apr 1, 2002
FSU 81 Miami 59 The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Good

10-2 overall, 6-1 ACC. 22 straight wins at home vs ACC competition tying Duke for second all time in the ACC. 5th straight victory. 6th straight win over Miami tying the longest winning streak vs the Hurricanes.

52% from the floor due in large part to not relying on the three point shot (3-13 in the first half and just 5 in the second connecting on 3 of them) and instead attacking the basket in the second period. The result was 46 points in the paint vs only 15 for Miami contributing to the largest lead, 24, at one point in the game. A good number of those points came from dribble penetration initiated from way above the circle. Miami's defense was incapable in stopping Scottie Barnes, Rayquan Evans, RaiQuan Gray, and some others from getting inside. Often it looked like the parting of the Red Sea.

To add to the domination by FSU around the basket, the 'Noles outrebounded the Hurricanes 45-23. Gray led the way with 11.

Balanced scoring. 44 points by the starters and 37 from the bench. Four players in double digits, three with 11 each (MJ Walker, Malik Osbourne, Sardaar Calhoun). Gray added 10.

FTs. While probably not drawing enough fouls to satisfy Coach Hamilton, the 'Noles capitalized on their chances connecting on 11-14 (79%).

Defense in holding shorthanded Miami (due to injuries they play just seven) to 37%. 13 turnovers by the 'Canes although it seemed like a lot more probably because Miami committed 7 within the first six plus minutes of the game.

A torrid start by FSU leading to a 31-11 fueled by a 14-0 run forcing Miami to call its third timeout of the game leaving just one for the remainder of the contest.

Walker starting showing no affects from the hard hit in the head he took in the previous game.

A game that took just 1:48 to play with the Green Vipers entering the game with 2:17 to play.

Notable plays of the game: Barnes passing on the jumper instead distributing to Gray to the left of the basket for a 44-33 lead. Walker and the steal going coast to coast with the controlled slam dunk, 48-33 FSU. Walker with the blocked shot from behind on a Miami fast break with the assist to Wyatt Wilkes who forced the Miami player to adjust his shot allowing Walker time to swat the ball away. Calhoun collecting the lob on a 2 on 1 break one handed and slamming it through all in one quick motion.

The Bad

Despite his points and rebounds, Gray had far too many mistakes out there. Notably his ball handling was iffy. He could have easily had another turnover had the ball not bounced right to Balsa Koprivica. He also took some really poor shots when he was caught under the backboard. There was no way those shots were going in and it showed some poor decision making in attempting them.

Florida State up 33-11 and Miami comes out of that third timeout with a 12-2 run. It was not the same intensity on both ends of the floor as it was when the 'Noles were leading by 22.

Not especially good screening. Either the screen was a token half hearted screen or the ball carrier did not dribble close enough to the screener to do anything to rub off the defender.

Anthony Polite out again with the shoulder injury and will be out sill for the next game. It is questionable for the game after that.

The Ugly

Miami worked it just like other teams have getting Balsa in a bad match up. In this case Balsa found himself guarding Miami's leading scorer, Isaiah Wong, who canned the three. To compound the mistake, he fouled Wong for the four point play. You just cannot lung at a three point shooter.

Walker's lob down low to Balsa that would have worked perfectly ............ if Balsa was 12 feet tall.

Here's a highlight you DON'T want as Calhoun was all alone for what appeared to be an easy two hand jam that instead clanged high off the rim.

Up Next

FSU starts a string of three road games heading first to McCamish Pavilion to take on Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets had been on a five game win streak before losing a close one to UVa, 64-62, and hanging with Duke most of the game before falling 75-68. Tip off is Saturday at 4 PM and to be aired on the ACCN.