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Anemic Offense Dooms the Seminoles

Looking to become the 1st FSU team to ever start 6-1 in conference play, the Seminole basketball team came out flat and unfocused and were completely dominated by a decent Clemson team 62-44. The Noles (15-6, 5-2) slide to 2nd place in the ACC. All of FSU’s demons were on display today – careless passes, a rash of offensive fouls, poor shot selection, no understanding of the post game and a clear lack of discipline. They turned the ball over on 35% of their possession (remained over 40% prior to garbage time) and shot 33% from the field.

Clemson was favored in this game, so it’s no surprise that they won, but being completely non-competitive against a conference foe is unacceptable. Inconsistency and poor offense have been the hallmarks of this year’s squad, and they’re now in danger of putting up the worst offensive season in Hamilton’s tenure. His offense was ranked 180th in his first season, and was at 152 coming into today, which is certainly going to fall. Clemson, like every other ACC foe, failed to score more than a point per possession, so defense wasn’t the issue.

Not a single Seminole scored in double figures. Bernard James and Chris Singleton led the team with 8. Clemson’s Jerai Grant had 14 points and 8 rebounds, and Demontez Stitt added 12 points and 6 assists.

Florida State next plays on Tuesday night at home against a terrible Wake Forest team. Jimbo Fisher will be in attendance as he’ll accept the Chick-Fil-A bowl trophy.