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A disappointing end to the regular season

NCAA Basketball: Florida State at Notre Dame Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Your Florida State Seminoles controlled their own destiny en route to a 2nd consecutive ACC regular season title (APPLE // SPOTIFY), but that quickly went out the window when the ball tipped. FSU fell behind by 20 points, and even though they were able to make an impressive run in the 2nd half, it was too little, too late.

If you missed the game, Matt described the action:

Looking to build some momentum heading into the postseason, Florida State instead took an ugly loss to a sub-.500 Notre Damn team in South Bend, Indiana, falling 83-73 in the final game of the regular season.

Florida State came out as poorly as they’ve opened a game all season. Lethal from three at the Tuck (42.6% on the season), the ‘Noles were shooting just 31.7% from deep away from home coming into Saturday and even that is warm compared to how FSU started this game.

On top of that, turnovers were plentiful (several on foolish attempts to force feed Tanor Ngom down low), layups were missed, shot selection was awful (Ngom attempting an early shot-clock three?), and offensive rebounding was non-existent. Defensively, FSU repeatedly lost shooters on the perimeter and displayed terrible awareness of cutters on the backside. It was an embarrassingly unfocused start and resulted in the Irish jumping out to a 19-5 lead less than 6 minutes into the game.

We talk about where FSU went wrong this game. Was it X’s and O’s? Was it lack of focus? We also talk about poor trends this team has shown all season, and how that manifested its way into today’s loss.

But this is a new era for the ‘Noles, so instead of sweating the NCAA bubble, FSU still has a chance to win the ACC regular season. UVA travels to Louisville, and a loss there would give FSU the title.

After a break we look ahead to the ACC and NCAA tournaments. We talk about potential matchups, and also how much importance should be placed on FSU’s road woes.