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Inside the box score: Florida State 77, Notre Dame 56

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1. Florida State blocked seven shots. The best part is that all seven blocks remained in play, and FSU took possession on four of them. Of the total blocked shots, six came from Boris Bojanovsky. It was the 4th time in his career he has blocked six or more shots (career high: 7) and he is now six blocked shots behind Corey Louis for 2nd all time at FSU. For the year, Bojo has blocked 10.8% of opponent 2s, which is the 2nd highest rate in the ACC.

2. Dwayne Bacon scored 21 points on a ridiculously efficient 11 shots. Bacon's offensive rating for the game was 161, which was his highest this season. He also had three assists which matched his season high. It was the 11th time this year he's scored 20+, which is two more times than fellow freshman Malik Beasley. Bacon has now taken the team scoring lead away from Beasley, and is averaging 15.8 per game compared to Beasley's 15.6. They are set to be No. 1 and No. 2 in all-time scoring by FSU freshmen, eclipsing the record set just last year by Xavier Rathan-Mayes (14.9).

3. After the first half in which FSU shot 46% from deep and only turned the ball over twice, I wrote that Notre Dame fans shouldn't feel too bad because there was no way that FSU would repeat that kind of efficiency in the second half. Then the Noles went out and knocked down 46% of their 3s after the break, and only turned it over five times. So I guess I was wrong. Had Notre Dame kept it close, they would have been able to just chalk up this loss to one of the those games where the opposing team can't miss. When that happens, you tip your cap and move on. But Notre Dame didn't keep it close. Leonard Hamilton is now 3-1 against Mike Brey, with two of the three games being blowouts. Notre Dame returned the favor by beating FSU by 20 last year, in the game following Aaron Thomas's dismissal.

4. The rotation seems to be evolving rather quickly. XRM played just 16 minutes. In 60 career games, he's played less than 20 minutes three times: in his 1st career game, and in the past two games. The 16 minutes matches his career low. Benji Bell, meanwhile, came off the bench to play 25 minutes, which was just the 2nd time this year he'd played 20 or more. Dwayne Bacon, Malik Beasley, and Devon Bookert have all played 30+ in three of the past four games.

5. FSU won 77-56 in a 63 possession game. It was the first time this year that Notre Dame has been held below a point per possession on offense, and just the third time in the past two years. It was FSU's largest margin of victory in an ACC game since beating Maryland by 24 two years ago. It was the largest margin of victory over a ranked team since beating No. 3 North Carolina by 33 in the Dulkys Game.