Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
All of the Seminoles weaknesses unified for 40 minutes of bad basketball.
With FSU sitting one game out of 3rd place in the ACC, the Noles had a golden chance to pick up a road win against Wake Forest. But it wasn't to be. The Noles missed their first six 3-pointers and by that point were down 11 to a team which has played really well at home. FSU was able to cut it to eight at the half, but the next 20 minutes were more of the same and FSU got rolled.
Every issue which has plagued FSU this season came together in this game. They continued to struggle from the arc, the missed several shots within 3' of the basket, Okaro White picked up his 2nd foul five minutes into the game, they got destroyed on the boards, and they couldn't take care of the ball long enough to make a run.
White and Michael Snaer led the Noles with 13 points each, but neither had a good game.
Injuries continue to haunt FSU. Terrance Shannon is obviously out, and Aaron Thomas only played four minutes because he injured his ankle in practice. Devon Bookert continues to favor his knee and clearly isn't moving with a ton of flexibility. But most importantly, Ian Miller, who hasn't practiced in weeks, looked rusty and hobbled. In 26 minutes he scored 1 point while committing 4 fouls and coughing up the ball 3 times. It's hard to question the staff without having access to all of the information they have, but at this point I don't see why he hasn't been shut down for the season. He's due all sorts of bonus warrior points for playing, but at this point it's hurting the team and retarding the growth of some of the youngsters.
Now FSU is 5-5 in conference, and with the injuries I just don't see a run to the Tourney happening this year. People are going to label this season a bust, but they're wrong. We knew going in that the ceiling was high but the floor was very low, and considering the awful injury luck it's a small miracle that a top-4 seed in the ACC Tourney is still a remote possibility.
FSU has to get ready for a Wednesday night matchup vs 10-0 Miami who is currently curb stomping UNC. The good news is that the past six games for FSU have been buzzer beater - blowout loss - buzzer beater - blowout loss - buzzer beater - blowout loss. Canes, you next (probably not really but what the hell amiright).