In 2010 I had this bold idea that I would leave my desk job in DC and move to Nashville to become a musician. Being a bit less well off than I'd prefer, I haven't been able to make it out to many FSU events and I jumped at the chance to see FSU play @ the NCAA Tourney. Anyway, I'm not sure why I'm explaining all of this, maybe just to say that the 97.50 hurts a bit more than I'd like to and thinking about other people, especially in Nashville, in similar situations makes me respect those who do not talk trash to the other team's fans after games.
As for the game...
I'd agree that Cincy outplayed FSU. Kind of. Really, FSU executed its offense unlike any I've seen but failed to convert around the basket. Bernard James was outclassed all night under the rim as he failed to make the second/third move to get the big man to foul. (i.e., instead of taking the jump hook, pivot across the defender's body and finish towards the hoop. He did not try. Once). Kerr was a liability on defense and while he had the size to back down Cincy's big front court, getting into a slug fest down low was the last thing FSU needed. (and kerr also was not making the 2nd move).
The other gentlemen who didn't finish around the basket...well, all I can say is no one on either team was getting that foul tonight.
Did FSU make any coaching errors? No--nothing too bad. The one thing that bugged me all 2nd half was that Cincy's point guard was gassed. Why we were unable to clear out for Loukes was beyond me. No1 would get conveniently picked off of the ball which=rest.
What might have won us this game? Well, FSU can't suddenly become a better ball handling team, but it can force the tempo. I thought letting Cincy run their press and not responding with a press was a huge mistake. Cincy was very gassed and did not have great ball handling big men (their big dudes were very top heavy...i.e., bad hips). I wouldn't necessarily call this a coaching error because what FSU was doing was working...it just wasn't working very quickly.
What was the hardest thing to swallow? Our team was barely sweating. Cincy walked out with a win and legs of rubber. I'm not sure what more we could have given, but it was hard to see the time tick out and know if that game went 8 more minutes Cincy was toast.
Anyway...I'm going to end this ADD laden article and call it a night. Watching games like this makes me want to coach. Bend your knees. Get on the ground. Protect the ball. Look before you throw. Face cut. Full court press. Iso. Win.