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Inside the box score: FSU 83, Notre Dame 80

Florida State handed Notre Dame their first conference loss

NCAA Basketball: Notre Dame at Florida State Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports
  1. Our own Andrew Miller already covered much of the weirdness associated with Notre Dame’s improbable bombs, but here are a few more tidbits. According to Basketball Reference, in the past seven seasons a team has made 14 or more 3s at greater than a 67% clip 41 times. Thirty-nine of those teams won, with the exceptions being Notre Dame last night, and Stetson vs IPFW last year. Prior to last night, Miami of Florida was the only ACC team to shoot that well (the data only goes back to 2010), needing 14-20 3s to knock off Florida Atlantic in double OT in 2011. FSU was the first ACC team to be on the wrong end of the barrage. Six Notre Dame players attempted a three last night, and only Rex Pflueger made less than 67% of his attempts. He went 1-3, with the one make being the twisting, flailing, answered prayer in the final seconds.
  2. With the win FSU moved to 5-1 in the ACC, and is tied with North Carolina and Notre Dame. UNC technically owns the tie-breaker for the ACC Tournament. In a league that plays an unbalanced schedule, conference strength-of-schedule would be a much smarter way to determine tie-breakers. If that were the case, Florida State has played the 2nd toughest conference schedule, Notre Dame the 3rd, and North Carolina the 12th. Behind the group at the top, 10 of the other 12 teams already have at least three conference losses, with the exceptions being Virginia (4-2) and Louisville (3-2). Louisville hosts Clemson tonight.
  3. Florida State blocked 11 shots, which was 30% of Notre Dame’s 2-point attempts. Jonathan Isaac had seven blocks, becoming the first ‘Nole to record that many since Boris Bojanovsky blocked seven vs UMass in 2013. Isaac was the first FSU player to block seven in conference play since Solomon Alabi against Boston College in 2010. For the year, FSU has gained possession on 63% Isaac’s blocks. On Christ Koumadje’s blocks, who shares the team lead with Isaac with 24, FSU gains possession only 33% of the time. The team average is 51%.
  4. Christ Koumadje made his only shot attempt of the night, and to no one’s surprise it was an alley oop. For the year 18 of his 32 (57%) made baskets have been dunks, and 17/18 have been alley oops. Dwayne Bacon has generated 11 assists on alley oops (to all players, not just on Koumadjams), which account for 32% of his assists.
  5. Florida State won 83-80 in a 76 possession game. It was the highest possession game since December, 2014 for Notre Dame. Florida State’s average offensive possession is 14.8 seconds, which is the 13th fastest in the nation.