This game couldn't have gotten off to a better start, with the Noles scoring the first four points and then taking a 9-5 lead just over five minutes into the game. But the play of the game happened with 13:53 to go in the half. The ball was poked into the back court and as Ian Miller retreated to gather it in, UVA's Justin Anderson dove on him from behind, coming down awkwardly on Miller's ankle.
From that point on, it was all Virginia. It's tough to say how much of that should be attributed to his ankle (he didn't move well for the rest of the game, and repeatedly winced after planting on it), or how much should be attributed to FSU's tired legs after a physical game yesterday, or how much was just getting beaten by a better team. Regardless, once Ian went down, Virginia took over.
After the 9-5 start the Hoos outscored FSU 27-18 for the rest of the half, and then dominated in the 2nd half. The final score was 64-51, with FSU committing 15 turnovers and making just 30% of their 3-pointers.
Okaro White led FSU was 17 points and 6 rebounds, while Aaron Thomas added 13 and Ian Miller scored 10.
Now all FSU can do is sit and wait, and most likely not hear their name called on Selection Sunday. Team Rankings gives FSU a 25% chance of earning an at-large with today's loss. To have any chance of that happening, bubble teams need to implode and bid thieves need to be arrested.
Whatever happens, I'm really proud of the way this team battled all year. They were picked to finish 9th/10th by the media, and that was with Kiel Turpin and (for some of the polls) Xavier Rathan-Mayes. They played all year with zero guard depth, an inexperienced front line, and fought through an injury to Ian Miller. Yet they finished 9-9 in the ACC and never lost a game to a team ranked outside Pomeroy's top 75.
Assuming everyone returns and the recruiting class all arrives, this should be a very interesting team to watch next year.