FSU 93 BC 64 The Good , The Bad, and The Ugly

Bill From Tampa

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FSU 93 BC 64 The Good , The Bad, and The Ugly


The Good

15-4 overall, 11-3 ACC clinching a double bye in the ACC tournament. With the win, FSU's record vs BC improves to 13-7. FSU under Hamilton is now 19-0 in Senior Day games. It also marks the 25th straight win at home over ACC competition trailing Duke's record by one game.

After the meltdown at Chapel Hill, FSU looked focused for almost all of the game. Leonard Hamilton was pleased with his team's effort saying they were locked in and had the most unselfish play he has seen this season. FSU led by eighteen, 53-35, at halftime stretching out the final margin to twenty-nine thanks to Harrison Prieto's three pointer in the last seconds of the game. It was his first career three pointer.

Player of the game: MJ Walker who did not start even though he is a senior. Walker was 6-9 from the arc finishing with a team high 18 points. Hamilton let it be known that is was not known if MJ would even play in the game as he sat out practice all week still nursing an ankle injury. Also in double figures was RaiQuan Gray with 16 and Anthony Polite with 13.

Fifteen played. Fourteen scored. And shot well converting 56% from the floor and 48% from the arc.

Barnes playing at all much less scoring 7 points and dishing out 7 assists who Hamilton said also was an iffy start due to tonsillitis. He missed practice all week as well. We will ignore the 5 turnovers he had chalking that up to not being 100%.

This deserves a mention. Nate Jack with a two point shot (that he made). Not every game you see him take a shot inside the arc.

Notable plays: Gray with the steal, expertly fending off the BC player on his back, keeping the ball away from him and going the distance for the slam dunk. Sardaar Calhoun with the nifty behind the back pass in the lane to Balsa Koprivica along the baseline for the short floater. Rayquan Evans erasing a wide open three in the right corner coming out of nowhere to block the shot, FSU 71-47. Balsa with the emphatic slam put back to put FSU up by twenty-six, 79-53.

A harassing defense that forced the Eagles into 23 turnovers and held BC to 37% shooting.

You don't often see the starters get outscored by the bench 78-15. OK, it was the Green Vipers who started. But they did an admirable job building a 4-2 early lead before handing off to the scholarship players.


The Bad

OK, the Eagles take a lot of threes. So when they miss there is likely to be long 50/50 rebounds they are able to get. Still just not good to be out-rebounded 36-35 by a far less talented team.

Tanor Ngom with the turnover when the ball is stolen from him and then fouls the guy with just 1.8 seconds left in the half.

With the memory of Chapel Hill still fresh, what you did not want to see was the Seminoles turn the ball over like they did with two in the first 1:04 of the second period. It was one of the Seminoles' very few lapses in focus.

Memo to Jack: Step to the ball. Scottie's pass to you above the circle was nearly picked off but fortunately was knocked OB.

That was charging on Barnes? Got to see another camera angle because that sure looked a flop from the angle we saw.

17 FSU turnovers. That was not exactly a junkyard dog defense the Seminoles were facing.

Could someone please stop Jay Heath (28 points).

Malik Osbourne DNP due to the ankle injury he suffered in Chapel Hill. Let's hope he is able to play if not Saturday but at least in the ACCT. The double bye will help his chances.



The Ugly

BC FT shooting. Just 8-17 (47%). Good for FSU. Still was ugly to watch.

In the first half, Barnes' alley oop lob ........ that hit the top of the backboard. The top of the backboard. That I would think be hard to do even with tonsillitis.

In the second half, Barnes with a pass to the left wing. It would have been a nice pass. Had any teammate been there that is. Apparently there was some miscommunication between Barnes and Walker.

Watching Koprivica miss a point blank layup and then miss another right after that off the offensive rebound of his first miss.



Up Next

FSU will finish the regular season at Notre Dame (9-14, 6-11) for a noon tip on Saturday. The game will air on ESPN. The Irish lost earlier tonight to NC State 80-69. It was Notre Dame's fourth straight loss. On the line for FSU is an outright second straight ACC regular season title. A Seminole win or I believe a Virginia loss will clinch that.
 

CC0492

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What a night! Only thing better would have been a packed house raising the roof off that joint for the guys.

One more on the road. Must. Stay. Focused. GO NOLES!
 
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