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Inside the box score: FSU 80, Louisville 76

‘Noles win a thriller in Louisville

NCAA Basketball: Florida State at Louisville Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
  1. With the win, FSU improves to 17-6 (6-5). Per, FSU’s chances of dancing improved from 68% to 82%. With seven games remaining, if Florida State can finish 4-3 then they should be safe. The Seminoles have four home games and three road games, beginning with a home test on Wednesday vs No. 2 Virginia in which FSU will be a significant underdog.
  2. Braian Angola sat out much of the 2nd half. Initially it was foul trouble, but down the stretch it became apparent that Coach Hamilton enjoyed what he was getting out of MJ Walker and Trent Forrest. Once it became time for Louisville to begin fouling, Hamilton reinserted Angola. FSU was able to execute and get it to Angola on three straight possessions. Louisville fouled on the first, and Angola knocked them both down. On the second, Angola fumbled the ball out of bounds. On the third, Louisville elected to trap instead of foul. Angola beat the press, and got it to Terance Mann in the front court. Mann may have had a chance to get it back to Angola, and that’s what he should have done. Braian Angola is the most accurate free throw shooter in Seminole program history.
  3. Trent Forrest’s 31 minutes were the second most he’s ever played in a game, trailing only the 40 minutes he played in the Seminoles double-OT win over Syracuse this season.
  4. Louisville’s six offensive boards disguise just how dominant FSU was on the defensive glass. One of them was on an airball, one was when a perfectly positioned Christ Koumadje got shoved to the ground without a call, and three were shots that FSU blocked and Louisville recovered. Even with the fluky rebounds, it was Louisville’s lowest offensive rebound % in two years.
  5. FSU won 80-76 in a 78 possession game. Holding Louisville to just 0.98 points per possession broke and incredible 10-game streak of FSU allowing at least a point per possession to every ACC opponent. On offense, with Louisville overplaying everything on the perimeter, the Seminoles responded by attacking the rim on just about every possession. In the first half, the Seminoles converted a woeful 30% of rim opportunities (date compiled by Znole). In the second half, FSU did a much better job, converting a remarkable 13-19 (68%), including the game sealing dunk from MJ Walker.