- Obscured by the blowout was the effectiveness of Saint Louis’s pressure defense, which led to 12 steals. It’s been over five years (VCU in Nov. 2013) since an opponent had more. Phil Cofer and Christ Koumadje combined for 35 minutes without committing a turnover, while the rest of the team had 20. FSU forced 18, and combined with SLU’s +9 on offensive boards, that’s 11 extra possessions they had in which to be effective.
- David Nichols was named the Orange Bowl Classic MVP, but it just as easily could have been Terance Mann. He came out focused and completely dominated the first five minutes of the game. With his 17 points he passed Tim Pickett on the all time scoring list, and is five points behind Isaiah Swann. He also grabbed seven rebounds, and made all four of his FTs and his only 3-point attempt. For the season he’s shooting 79% from the stripe, and 40% from beyond the arc.
- David Nichols played a season high 25 minutes due to the first-minute injury to MJ Walker, and aside from some late game turnover issues, he continued his excellent play which began after the loss the Villanova. He’s been a scoring spark off the bench, and his ability to break down teams off the dribble means he can create his own shot. At the end of the half SLU made the strange decision not to foul (even though they had two to give) and allowed Nichols to dribble the length of the court and sink a buzzer beating 3-pointer. After beginning the season 0-10 from deep, he hit 4-7 vs the Billikens and raised his season average to 42.4%.
- FSU made 9-11 FTs. The ‘Noles have now gone to the line just 24 times in two games, after averaging 25 a contest through the first ten games. They’re making a hair below 76% on the season, which is 34th nationally and 3rd in the ACC.
- The Seminoles won 81-59 in a 73 possession game. The 0.81 scored per possession by SLU was their 2nd worst effort of the season. FSU’s 1.12 scored is the most vs Saint Louis this year. FSU now has the 24th ranked offense in the nation, and the No. 17 defense. Billikens’ head coach Travis Ford said, “[The Seminoles] have a chance to go as far as they possibly want to. Trust me they’re good. We’ve played Butler, Houston, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Seton hall; we’ve played a bunch of good teams, but that team over there is a different level.”
The seniors were at their best in Sunrise