Florida State will wrap up their season collection in opposition to Notre Dame tonight, and so they’ll be trying to sweep the collection as they attempt to get their first win away from Tallahassee this season. As I did with Virginia, we’ll simply contact on what’s occurred because the two final performed earlier than Christmas.
This recreation can be at 7 p.m. on ESPNU, reside from the Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Indiana.
Notre Dame Combating Irish Collapse
Since we final noticed Notre Dame the week earlier than Christmas, they solely went 2-4, with a Jacksonville win and time beyond regulation in opposition to Georgia Tech at residence giving me the slightest confidence.
In these video games, they actually struggled on the free throw line, taking pictures simply 64.4% from the free throw line and 35.6% from 3, properly beneath their season averages of 37.9% from 3 and 76.2% from the road. It is a massive cause to lose video games these days. Even when it is their residence win, the one-point time beyond regulation win over Georgia Tech is not precisely inspiring. Thankfully, they are going to face a yet-to-win Florida State group away from residence.
Dane Goodwin has stepped up since his poor efficiency in opposition to FSU, averaging over 14 PPG over these final six video games. He is essential to this group’s success, and if he may have had something in any respect in opposition to FSU, they’d have received. I am in search of him to have an incredible efficiency on this as a operating again.
After scoring 20 factors in opposition to FSU the primary time round, JJ Starling has actually dissatisfied since then, scoring simply 10.2 PPG on 39.1% taking pictures from the ground, and was even out of the beginning lineup in opposition to Georgia Tech. They’ve had a couple of further minutes for Marcus Hammond, who provides them extra expertise there.
Nate Laszewski nonetheless leads the group in scoring, however he did not have the best time scoring in opposition to FSU the primary time he got here out with simply 12 factors. I am certain he’ll be in search of his shot extra on this picture, however I believe the FSU exercise with Cameron Korn and Baba Miller will give him issues.
Seminole collapse, Florida
FSU’s efficiency in opposition to Virginia was lower than excellent, scoring simply 58 factors on 21/53 taking pictures from the ground and 5/19 from 3, whereas Virginia scored 67 factors on 27/60 taking pictures from the ground and 11/22 from 3. The rating streak was It’s the greatest loss for the group within the second consecutive recreation, and it’s needed to repair it to maneuver ahead.
Matthew Cleveland grabbed his seventh straight double-double, grabbed his tenth rebound within the remaining minutes, to go along with his 10 factors and play all 40 minutes, which tells extra in regards to the depth behind him than anything. FSU wants Papa Miller again and kind simply to provide Cleveland some reduction. Even when this recreation is not his finest, getting some relaxation will assist.
Within the first recreation in opposition to Notre Dame, they have been in a position to calm down defensively after a scorching begin to the sport. They did an incredible job defending in opposition to Nate Laszewski and Dane Goodwin, however they should do a greater job containing JJ Starling’s dribble on this one. Miller, if he performs, ought to match properly with Laszewski, so I am truthfully not as involved as I often am.
Jaylan Jenney is out for the season with an ACL damage.
Cameron Fletcher will miss the season with a knee damage.
Papa Miller missed the final recreation with tonsillitis, I think about he’ll check out for this one.
G: JJ Starling
G: Trey Wirtz
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G: Dean Goodwin
A: Cormac Ryan
F: Nate Laszewski
G: Galen Warley
G: Caleb Mills
G: Darren Inexperienced Jr
Q: Matthew Cleveland
P: Cameron Korn
Comprise Dribble protection / 3PT
The FSU protection has had a very laborious time containing dribble these days opening up 3 seconds to shoot. In keeping with coach Hamilton, they allowed 50 touches of paint in opposition to Wake Forest, main them to shoot 14/26 from 3. Virginia wasn’t far behind, going 11/22 from 3, a lot of it arrange on drives from Kehey Clark. and Rhys Beckman. The principle subject is level offense, if FSU can comprise the dribbling drives, it’ll assist the remainder of the protection.
FSU’s offense has been far and wide. In opposition to Wake, they hit the ball properly however actually struggled with turnovers, coughing it up 17 occasions. In opposition to Virginia, nothing was working so properly. Caleb Mills and Darin Inexperienced Jr have been a mixed 7/27 from the bottom, however at the very least they saved the turnover down. FSU actually wants to search out some constant offense in opposition to a Notre Dame group that may permit for some massive scores.
Goodwin solely had two factors within the first recreation between these two groups, and I can think about he’ll need to make up for that on this recreation. Since that first recreation in opposition to FSU, he is been averaging 14.3 PPG on 50.7/37.5/77.8 taking pictures splits. It is laborious to think about he’ll ever play a recreation like he did in Tallahassee once more.
Notre Dame is favored by 5 factors, with an over/beneath 140.5.
Even when FSU received the primary recreation between these two, their current protection gave me no hope that they’d have the ability to comprise a mighty Notre Dame group. You get the sensation this ends like Wake Forest
Notre Dame 78 FSU 70
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