While it wasn't a 'must-win' game for the Seminoles, a road win in the ACC is always welcomed. The Seminoles put together a great team effort to hand Virginia it's fourth loss in a row. After a great start to the conference schedule, the Cavaliers have plummeted to the bottom half of the ACC standings. The Seminoles now have a week to prepare for the Tarheels.
Florida State's defense was once again very impressive in this win. But, it was the offense that was really impressive. The Seminoles had an offensive efficiency of 109.9 and had an eFG% of 56.3%. That is outstanding, particularly for a team that has not been shooting well of late. Florida State also shot 50% from beyond the arc with Dulkys hitting two of his four shots from deep. The Seminoles also knew that playing efficient possession basketball would be key to winning this game.
As a team, the Seminoles only had 10 turnovers on the night, with no player having more than three. That equates to a minuscule TO% of 15.9%. Virginia, a team that typically protects the ball well, had a TO% of 20%. Of late, the turnovers have significantly decreased for the Seminoles, which will serve them well in the remaining games this season.
As always, the defense played very well, holding the Cavaliers to an eFG% of 42.7%. Chris Singleton had three of the teams' seven steals. Xavier Gibson led the team with two blocks. Kitchen, Alabi and Singleton each had one block. As you can already see, this was a collective effort.
In his fourth straight start, Michael Snaer, the ACC's rookie of the week, played 24 minutes and scored four points. His lack of offensive efficiency did not hind the Noles tonight as four players scored in double digits: Reid, Singleton, Gibson and Loucks. Sylven Landesberg, Virginia's top scorer, was held to four points. Read that again: four points.
The Seminoles now head to Chapel Hill to take on the Tarheels on February 24th. It was important for the Noles to get at least one win on this two game road trip. Going two for two would be outstanding for the Seminoles tournament resume. Time for the Seminoles to catch their breath, get their legs back and get ready for the final sprint.
*Editor's Note: Sorry for the limited recap, was only able to see the last few minutes of the game, but love what I see in the numbers*