- The Gators stayed in the game by being efficient from inside the paint. They made 54% of their 2s against a defense which has been noticeably stingy around the rim. The speed of UF’s guards caused all sorts of problems as they were not only able to blow by perimeter defenders, but also do it with a quickness that kept back side help defenders from hitting their spots in time. Still, FSU’s defense is putting up great numbers. The ‘Noles are now 13th nationally in defensive eFG%. And as good as the defense has been at disrupting shots, the offense has been just as good at getting their own shots. FSU shot 52% on 2s, and is now 13th nationally in offensive eFG%.
- Florida State improved to 10-1 with the win and will be heavy favorites in the two remaining out-of-conference games. The last time Florida State entered conference play with just one loss was the 2005-06 season (9-1). That team would finish 9-7 in ACC play including an upset of No. 1 Duke but still be held out of the NCAA Tournament due to the weakness of their ooc schedule.
- Terance Mann had his first career double-double. He also played 31 minutes, and has now played 30+ four times this season. The rest of the roster has combined for three games of 30+ minutes.
- Xavier Rathan-Mayes made 1-2 3s in the game. After starting the year 5-26 from deep (19%), he has now made 7-13 (54%) over the past four games. He is also approaching 1,000 points for his career. Currently sitting at 971 he will begin passing some familiar names. He is four points behind the career total for Chris Singleton, and six behind Ian Miller.
- FSU won 83-78 in a 76 possession game. FSU did a fantastic job of keeping the game at a high tempo. The Gators average less than 70 possessions per game, and no one had forced them to play more than 72. Florida State averages 75 per game, and is the most uptempo team in the ACC.