There are five conference games remaining before the ACC tournament. and to lock up a bid to the NCAA tournament, Florida State will need to win four of those. The Seminoles did themselves no favors getting rolled on the road today, falling to Notre Dame 84-69.
The game started with FSU falling behind 12-4 immediately, making just 1-7 shots and turning the ball over three times. But basketball is a game of runs, so the Seminoles were able to close the gap several times, though never take much of a lead.
At the break it was 40-34, Notre Dame.
The second half was much of the same. Without ever getting much going against the Irish defense, Florida State was able to get close - to even tie at one point - but that was the best they could do.
FSU’s defense just isn’t equipped to win games like this. They can’t string together stops, and when the offense struggles, it’s pretty much a guaranteed loss.
The Seminoles offense struggled in all facets today. And in the end, they got blown out.
CJ Walker led FSU with 16 points. Phil Cofer had 12. And PJ Savoy, playing for the first time in several weeks, had 11.
The Seminoles are now 17-8 (6-7), and host Clemson on Wednesday.