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Inside the box score: FSU 88, Pitt 75

The Seminoles are ranked again!

NCAA Basketball: Pittsburgh at Florida State Glenn Beil-USA TODAY Sports
  1. The win improved FSU’s record to 19-8 (8-7). That makes it ten straight years that FSU has won at least eight conference games. Florida State is a half game back of North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, and Louisville. The Seminoles need to finish in the top-9 in order to guarantee a first round bye in the ACCT, and need a top-7 seed to avoid a potential matchup with Virginia in the quarterfinals.
  2. Mfiondu Kabengele had three offensive boards, and for the season has grabbed 16.6% of the potential offensive rebounds when he’s on the floor. That would easily lead the ACC if he were playing enough minutes. He also attempted a career high 11 free throws, and made nine. The combination of offensive rebounding and free throw % is key, and as he moves forward in his career, he should be able to make a living at the line. In a post-game interview with Tomahawk Nation, he cited the work ethic of formal ‘Nole Michael Ojo as an inspiration.
  3. Braian Angola played just five minutes. His previously season low was 16. In the past four games he’s 1-17 from beyond the arc.
  4. Florida State dominated the glass against Pitt, scoring 17 second chance points to just three for the Panthers. FSU grabbed 88.5% of the available defensive boards, which was their best effort this season.
  5. FSU won 88-75 in a 67 possession game. The Seminoles now have the 20th ranked offense in the nation, and the 66th ranked defense. The best offense in Leonard Hamilton’s tenure came in 2006-07, when Al Thornton was a senior and Toney Douglas was a sophomore. That offense ranked 21st. The 1.31 points per possession scored against Pitt was the 3rd best mark of the season for FSU, and their second best in ACC play. Once Pitt tied the game at 65-65 with 6:39 to play, Florida State scored 23 points on their final 11 possessions, and the Panthers didn’t record a single stop.