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Inside the box score: FSU basketball falls at UVA

An ugly game vs the Hoos (are there other kinds?)

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  1. Not a single FSU player scored in double figures. As Matt noted in the Baseline Breakdown, the Seminoles lack a go-to scorer like Dwayne Bacon (calling Anthony Edwards.....). With just three blue chip recruits on the roster, and none of them volume scorers, FSU is going to win or lose by committee. That means everyone needs to be locked in creating shots for teammates, and when those shots are open, they have to go down. Florida State needs to dominate the glass and and the free throw line, and they did neither vs UVA.
  2. After the Winthrop game, Terance Mann left on crutches, and Coach Hamilton said he didn’t practice this week. He didn’t start and played just 18 minutes, which was the first time this year he played fewer than 26. This was the first game since his sophomore season in which he failed to score a point. Along with Phil Cofer and Trent Forrest, Mann is one of three guys that FSU absolutely need to be healthy if the team is going to reach its goals. They weathered the Cofer injury with just one loss, though it will likely be at least another month before he’s really in game shape. We’ll know more about Mann on Wednesday vs Miami.
  3. The turnovers continue to haunt FSU, with the ‘Noles giving away 24% of their possessions vs the Cavaliers. It’s only one game, but Florida State is already last in ACC play in turnover%.
  4. Virginia’s win pushed their record to 13-0. Since the start of last year they are 44-3 overall and 21-1 vs ACC teams. They are clearly the class of the conference until someone knocks them off that pedestal.
  5. FSU lost 65-52 in a 63 possession game. Lost in the FSU offensive futility was the defense weathering the storm when UVA couldn’t miss and locking the Hoos down in the 2nd half. After Kyle Guy made a ridiculous 3-pointer to open the 2nd half, the Seminoles held their starters to just 16 points over the next 25 possessions. Overall, it was their 3rd worst offensive game of the season.