Just Like the Weather, FSU Still Cold
Posted by BillFromTampa
As Florida State headed into the tunnel at the half, the lead in to the Seminole halftime show went something like this.
“While the team cools off in the locker room ….”
Had FSU cooled off any more the Batman villain Mr. Freeze would have been VERY comfortable.
Leading 19-17 with 6:48 to play in the first period, the ‘Noles did not score another point before intermission shooting yet another subpar percentage, 29%, launching yet more three point shots, 2-11, against a team they not only had a height advantage against but had more depth with the Virginia tech down to just eight players, all culminating in a 29-19 halftime deficit.
It was an uphill battle from there that FSU could not overcome in losing to the Hokies 71-59.
The Seminoles did improve in the second half finishing 36% from the field. However that is a bit deceiving as Chris Singleton (22 points) was 9 of 13 from the floor. Take his numbers away and the rest of the team shot an abysmal 26%.
Of particular notice in the box score was the 8 of 33 shooting from FSU’s four guards.
That did not escape the notice of Leonard Hamilton who summed it up this way.
“Right now we are in a bad, bad shooting slump. You can’t win a lot of games that way.”
After the debacle at Auburn, you might have thought there might be a little more focus once the ‘Noles hit the floor in Blacksburg.
Instead what FSU fans saw was more of the same offense from the Auburn game and the reemergence of the old turnover bug-a-boo. Thirteen of them in the first half in fact and nineteen for the game.
At one point, FSU had as many turnovers as they had baskets late in the game with 18.
“We would be within three or four points down and then we would have several bad possessions in a row”, Hamilton said.
Hamilton was referring to the two occasions the Seminoles closed to 34-31 and 46-42 in the second half. Both times VT answered and FSU found itself down by double digits almost instantly.
“In the first half we just did not follow the game plan.”
That made it much easier for VT to defend as the Hokies played a zone defense in the half court for virtually the entire game closing out the first period on a 12-0 run. With the poor shooting of the ‘Noles there was no reason to change up the defense as noted by Hamilton.
The Seminoles also seemed unprepared for the 2-1-2 three quarters court press trap defense.
Defensively the Seminoles held VT’s leading scorer Malcolm Delaney in check with just 13 points seven coming at the free throw line and the Hokies overall to 40%.
But that number is a little misleading as Virginia Tech got the shots they wanted to get. In particular Jeff Allen who went off for 24 points and 11 rebounds.
“Allen had his way”, Hamilton commented. “We did a poor job of defending him.”
“I am very disappointed in our last two outings.”
With the loss FSU falls to 11-5, 1-1 and is on the potential verge of a free fall if things don’t solve their numerous problems and quickly.
“Right now we have a lot of things to straighten out.”
Unfortunately it does not get any easier to work out the team’s issues with the Seminoles hosting Duke next Wednesday night at 9 PM.