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FSU beats Notre Dame for fourth straight win

Seminoles continue win streak, beating Irish on the road

Update: FSU kept its winning streak rolling on Saturday, taking down the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on the road.

The Seminoles (10-6, 4-1 ACC) led for 33:25 of game time in the 67-58 win, continuing a January resurgence that has the potential to change the trajectory of Florida State’s season.

Primo Spears, Jalen Warley, Jamir Watkins, and Darin Green Jr. all had double-digits in scoring for FSU.

Final Stats

Field Goal Percentage:

FSU: 39%

Notre Dame: 42%

Field Goals:

FSU: 25-64

Notre Dame: 23-55

Three-Point Field Goal Percentage:

FSU: 29%

Notre Dame: 35%

Three-Point Field Goals:

FSU: 4-14

Notre Dame: 9-26

Free Throw Percentage:

FSU: 87%

Notre Dame: 27%

Free Throws:

FSU: 13-15

Notre Dame: 3-11

Turnovers:

FSU: 8

Notre Dame: 14

Total Rebounds:

FSU: 39

Notre Dame: 38

Defensive Rebounds:

FSU: 27

Notre Dame: 28

Offensive Rebounds:

FSU: 12

Notre Dame: 10

Blocks:

FSU: 7

Notre Dame: 2

Steals:

FSU: 9

Notre Dame: 4

Assists:

FSU: 8

Notre Dame: 7


Don’t look now, but Florida State basketball (9-6, 3-1 ACC) is currently No. 2 in the ACC.

The Seminoles have managed to find a groove in January, riding a three-game win streak heading into Saturday’s road matchup vs. the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-9, 2-3 ACC) in South Bend.

FSU’s most recent win came against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, leading for 33 minutes in an 87-82 victory at home that snapped a nine-win streak for Wake.

From Matt Minnick:

There was a noticeable and concerted effort to get into the paint and to the rim. Although it didn’t pay off with a lot of made shots, as Florida State actually shot a terrible percentage on layups and short jumpers, it forced Wake Forest into foul trouble and also allowed FSU shooters to get open looks from the perimeter.

Resiliency when things aren’t going well is drastically improved from a few weeks ago. In games vs. the Florida Gators, Georgia Bulldogs, North Carolina Tar Heels, and SMU Mustangs, opponents turned 7-0 runs into 15-0 or 19-1 knockout punches. But in this one, FSU was able to dig deep and find a way to get a stop or a bucket (or both) to limit the damage.

Darin Green, Jr. said over the winter break that his goal is to play in the NCAA Tournament and his actions back up his words. He’s taken his defense to levels I was previously not sure he could reach (five steals!), while still making shots. In one play late in the game he intercepted a pass, streaked in for a rim shaking dunk, and then while his teammates celebrated, he was the first one back to stop Wake in the paint from getting an easy transition basket. Huge tip of the cap to the senior, who was worth the price of admission himself.

Jamir Watkins had his best game in a few weeks, and boy was it needed. The transfer from VCU filled up the box score with 19 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, a block, a steal, and several deflections. Perhaps most impressive was his 11-11 performance from the free throw line. There’s no way the ‘Noles win this game without him.

Baba Miller continued his much improved, more confident play. Two free throws at the end of the first half were big for his confidence and to give FSU the lead after a hard-fought first half.

Jalen Warley is a really good defender. That’s it. That’s the takeaway.

Notre Dame comes into the game having lost two of its last three, snapping a two-game losing streak with a 75-68 win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets earlier this week.

From Michael Rogner:

The Domers are a fascinating team. They can’t shoot, but hey, you can’t make ‘em if you don’t try, so they’re top-50 nationally in jacked 3s despite being 327th in 3-pt%. There are only two teams that take more 3s while finding less success, and one of them is named Texas A&M Commerce. Jamir Watkins has attempted the 2nd most 3s for FSU (2.7 per game), and he would be 6th at ND in attempts. If there is a player to watch, it is freshman (and coaches son) Braeden Shrewsberry who has the greenest of green lights, and starting 20-77 (26%) didn’t deter his “shooters shoot” mentality, and now he’s made 10 of his last 17 (59%).

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If you’re a schedule peeper, you’ll notice that Notre Dame lost to Citadel by 22. At home. But hey, you might be saying, the Citadel is a pesky mid-major. Nope. They’re 0-3 in the Southern Conference. Even with FSU’s complete train wreck over the past couple of seasons, nothing even comes close to matching a loss that bad. But in ACC play, the Irish have beaten Virginia, won at Georgia Tech in OT, somehow blew a 6-point lead in the final minute against NC State, and played Duke close. So clearly, like FSU, they’re finding their footing.

FSU vs. Notre Dame tips off at 2:15 p.m. ET from South Bend, with the game set to be broadcast on The CW.

According to DraftKings, the Seminoles are 1.5-point favorites, with the over/under set at 135.


FSU vs. Notre Dame: How to watch, stream, listen

Date

Saturday, January 13

Time

2:15 p.m.

Watch, Stream

The CW

Listen

Seminoles Radio Network, SiriusXM RADIO FSU Broadcast: CH. 119 or 193


Possible starting lineup for Florida State

Forward No. 2 Jamir Watkins (13.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg; First career game against Notre Dame)

Forward No. 5 De’Ante Green (6.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 1 pt and 0 rebs against Notre Dame, January 17, 2023)

Forward No. 11 Baba Miller (8.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg; 4 pts and 6 rebs against Notre Dame, January 17, 2023)

Guard No. 1 Jalen Warley (6.6 ppg, 2.3 apg; 17 pts and 3 ast against Notre Dame, December 21, 2022)

  • Guard No. 22 Darin Green Jr. (12.9 ppg, 1.6 spg; 20 pts and 2 rebs against Notre Dame, December 21, 2022

Top Florida State reserves

Center No. 3 Cam Corhen (8.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg; 18 pts and 7 rebs against Notre Dame, December 21, 2022)

Guard No. 0 Chandler Jackson (5.0 ppg, 1.5 apg; 5 pts and 1 ast against Notre Dame, December 21, 2022)

Guard No. 23 Primo Spears (10.4 ppg, 2.0 apg; First career game against Notre Dame)

Forward No. 33 Jaylan Gainey (3.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg; First career game against Notre Dame)

Guard No. 20 Josh Nickelberry (3.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg; First career game against Notre Dame)

Forward No. 10 Taylor Bol Bowen (3.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg; First career game against Notre Dame)

  • Center No. 12 Tom House (2.3 ppg, 0.5 rpg; 1 pt and 1 ast against Notre Dame, December 21, 2022)

Possible starting lineup for Notre Dame

Forward No. 0 Carey Booth (6.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg; First career game against Florida State)

Forward No. 13 Tae Davis (8.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg; First career game against Florida State)

Forward No. 14 Kebba Njie (4.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg; First career game against Florida State)

Guard No. 3 Markus Burton (15.9 ppg, 4.1 apg; First career game against Florida State)

  • Guard No. 20 J.R. Konieczny (9.4 ppg 6.0 rpg; First career game against Florida State)

Game notes, via FSU Sports Info

SEMINOLES TRAVEL TO SNOWY INDIANA FOR MATCHUP AT NOTRE DAME

Florida State, which has won five of its last six overall games and three consecutive ACC games, travels to play at Notre Dame on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at 2:15 p.m. The game will be televised on The CW Television Network and marks the Seminoles’ first ever appearance on the newly minted ACC television partners air waves. Florida State arrives in South Bend on the heels of an 87-82 win over Wake Forest on Wednesday night in Tallahassee. The Seminoles’ game against the Fighting Irish marks their second true road game in AC play after opening their conference schedule at North Carolina on December 2. The game is also Florida State’s first game away from Tallahassee since the Seminoles played USF in the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise, Fla., on December 9. Following Saturday’s game at Notre Dame, the Seminoles played their second of two consecutive road games at Miami on January 17 at 7:00 p.m.

HAMILTON RANKS FIFTH IN ACC HISTORY FOR WINS

Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton enters Saturday’s game at Notre Dame as the fifth winningest coach in ACC history with 413 wins. He is also the fifth winningest coach in ACC history for ACC regular season victories (184), ACC regular season and ACC Tournament wins combined (199), sixth in the ACC record book for ACC road wins (65), and eighth in ACC history for NCAA Tournament wins as an ACC Head Coach (18).

A STRONG START TO THE NEW YEAR

Florida State has won each of its three games since the calendar has turned over the 2024 with victories over Georgia Tech (82-71, January 3), Virginia Tech (77-74, January 6) and Wake Forest (January 9). It marks the first time since the 2020-21 season that the Seminoles have won their first three January games – they win their first five January games that season. Florida State’s victories over Georgia Tech (8-4), Virginia Tech (9-4) and Wake Forest (11-3) came against three ACC teams that were a combined 28-11 at the time of their games against Florida State.

WATKINS STEPS UP AND MAKES HIS FREE THROWS

Junior Jamir Watkins scored 19 points on a perfect 11 of 11 free throws in the Seminoles’ 87-82 victory over Wake Forest on Tuesday night in Tallahassee. His 11 free throws made are tied for the eighth most in an ACC game in school history. He became just the third player in school history to finish perfect from the free throw line on at least 11 shots in an ACC game. Watkins has made 18 of 19 free throw attempts and is shooting .947 from the free throw line in his first four ACC games. He is shooting a career-high .797 from the free throw line for the season and is shooting .751 from the free throw line for his career.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…

…Defeat Notre Dame and win its fourth consecutive ACC game for the first time since January of 2022 when it won five consecutive ACC games — at home against Louisville (79-70, January 8), at home against Miami (65-64, January 11), at Syracuse (76-71, January 15), at home against Duke (79-78 in overtime, January 18), and at Miami (61-60, January 22);

…Defeat Notre Dame and gain its first true road win of the season. The Seminoles have played at Florida (November 17, 2023) and at North Carolina (December 2, 2023), with 10 home games, and three games played at neutral sites first 15 games of the 2023-24 season;

…Defeat Notre Dame at the Joyce Center and gain a win at the Joyce Center for the third time in their last four games in the arena on Notre Dame’s campus;

…Defeat Notre Dame and win its fifth ACC road game in the last two seasons. The Seminoles won at Notre Dame, at Pittsburgh, at Louisville, and at Miami in ACC road games during the 2022-23 season.