The first time these two teams met Ian Miller made 6-8 3s and the Terrapins never had a chance. On today's return trip to Maryland, Seth Allen - a 35% shooter on the season - made 4-5 2s and 7-10 3s, on his way to 32 points. His ridiculous shooting led Maryland to a 17-point lead in the first half. FSU was able to close it to 9 a few times in the 2nd half, but they couldn't get over the hump.
The Noles fall to 14-9, 5-6, and are now firmly on the tourney bubble. Entering this game they were projected as a 10-seed by Joe Lunardi, but now - without Ian Miller - the chances are rapidly slipping away. FSU is 1-2 since Miller's injury.
Lost in Seth Allen's crazy game was the fact that the Noles played well on offense. They scored 71 points in 67 possessions, led by Aaron Thomas with 17. Thomas also had 8 boards and 3 steals. Devon Bookert had 14 points, Okaro White added 12 and 8, and Montay Brandon had 11 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. But without Ian Miller the three remaining FSU guards averaged 37 minutes per player. There's no way that FSU can be as effective as they need to be with the guards playing that many minutes.
The good news is that Ian Miller was at least able to warm up with the team. The bad news is that there is only one day off before FSU returns to the court on Monday. With the ACC taking over the Big East's "Big Monday" on ESPN, the Noles get shorted at least a day or rest.
This was FSU's final game at Maryland before the Terps join the Big Ten, and it provided a great contrast in programs. Maryland - who struggled in out of conference play and essentially has zero chance of making the NCAA tourney, which will be their 4th straight whiff - drew nearly 15,000 fans for the game. The Noles, who are on the bubble, will be lucky to get 6,000 on Monday's game featured on ESPN.