Monday, September 1st, 2014

The Morning After UNC


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Why FSU lost the game: Too much Kendall Marshall. While Derwin Kitchen had an OK game (6 assists, 3 turnovers, 12 pts), the difference of having a true point guard clearly showed. Kitchen is what he is. That is not his fault. Leonard Hamilton decided long ago to go with a combo guard at a crucial position in a league that is known for point guards. That does not appear to be changing any time soon. Now Kitchen’s defense on Marshall …. that’s a different story.

When FSU lost the game: The Seminoles closed the score to 31-27 late in the first half. In a matter of moments they were down 43-32. OK, the ‘Noles closed the gap to 43-34. But really … that was a lucky shot by Kitchen. Yes FSU closed it to 57-51 in the second half. Marshall promptly answered that not with an assist but a three pointer to put UNC back up by double digits and that was the end of that. But you cannot allow UNC to score 43 points in one half. Letting the Tar Heels get on a pace to score in the high 80′s is a recipe for a loss especially with an offensively challenged team like Florida State.

Key statistic Part I: Marshal and his 16 assists which was one more than the entire Florida State squad.

Key statistic Part II: FSU 47% from the floor. This coming froma team that was averaging 35% on the road. That tells you one of two things. UNC’s defense is not very good and the Tar Heels best defense is their offense.

Key statistic Part III: UNC 56% from the floor. Not since Gonzaga had FSU allowed a team to shoot better than 50%. It was just the second time in 91 games that has happened.

More disappointing aspect of the game: FSU looked totally unprepared for the numerous run outs after missed shots and even made baskets. It’s not like this was a new tactic for Roy Williams’ team. The Seminoles looked like they were standing still as the quicker Tar Heels easily sliced through the ‘Noles defense. Have to give a failing grade in execution and/or preperation on that aspect of the game.

Intangibles: It seemed like every bounce of the ball went UNC’s way. There was always a Tar Heel in the right spot to gather in a loose ball or some one to pass to as the ball was going out of bounds. Larry Drew who? North Carolina is better off without him. Or at least they sure didn’t miss him.

Positives from the game: FSU got Xavier Gibson back who made a couple of decent plays on both ends in particular making his first shot attempt, a turn around jumper from the left side baseline. Bernard James continues his torrid shooting. Chris Singleton’s 15 points despite sitting eleven minutes of the first half with foul trouble. They were a quite 15 points though as were most of teh Seminole baskets.

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