CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 20: Ian Miller #30 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates as Tim Abromaitis #21 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish walks off the court in the first half during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the United Center on March 20, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
For the 2nd straight game the Seminoles scored points like it was 2007 redux. On Saturday FSU scored 1.18 points per possession on UNC. Tonight they bettered that with 1.29 per possession in an 84-70 win over Maryland. It was their best offensive game since the night Al Thornton hung 45 on Miami (FSU scored 1.30 per trip). And it was 5.5% more than any other team has scored against Maryland this season. In short, the offense was elite.
Ian Miller was the best player for the home team and had 18 points on just 7 field goal attempts. He was 8-8 from the line and has missed four FTs in his career. He also added 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Michael Snaer scored 19, Bernard James scored 17, and Okaro White chipped in with 13. FSU shot 6-13 from beyond the arc, with Deividas Dulkys (2-3) and Ian Miller (2-3) leading the way. Luke Loucks had 9 points and 6 assists. And the team only turned it over on 13.8% of their possessions, which is almost half their season average.
The downside was allowing 70 points to Maryland in a 65 possession game. And - as everyone knew it would be - it was the Terrell Stoglin show. Any player that takes 37% of his team's shots when he's on the floor needs to be guarded closely. But FSU defenders consistently played off him and gave up the shot. I can't imagine that was Hamilton's defensive goal, but regardless, the ACCs leading scorer was 4-9 from behind the arc and scored 27 points. Credit Maryland with getting to the line 27 times as that contributed to the poor defensive showing. And credit Maryland for becoming the 4th team in 4 years to shoot 50% from the field vs FSU.
FSU is now 3-1 in the ACC, and next they travel to Durham to take on the Blue Devils in a Saturday afternoon matchup.