Florida State will wrap up their season sequence in opposition to Notre Dame tonight, they usually’ll be seeking to sweep the sequence 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 sport will probably be at 7 p.m. on ESPNU, dwell 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 additional time in opposition to Georgia Tech at house giving me the slightest confidence.
In these video games, they actually struggled on the free throw line, capturing simply 64.4% from the free throw line and 35.6% from 3, nicely under their season averages of 37.9% from 3 and 76.2% from the road. It is a large purpose to lose video games recently. Even when it is their house win, the one-point additional time win over Georgia Tech is not precisely inspiring. Fortuitously, they’ll face a yet-to-win Florida State staff away from house.
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 necessary to this staff’s success, and if he might have had something in any respect in opposition to FSU, they might have gained. I am on the lookout for him to have an important efficiency on this as a working again.
After scoring 20 factors in opposition to FSU the primary time round, JJ Starling has actually disenchanted since then, scoring simply 10.2 PPG on 39.1% capturing from the ground, and was even out of the beginning lineup in opposition to Georgia Tech. They’ve had just a few additional minutes for Marcus Hammond, who provides them extra expertise there.
Nate Laszewski nonetheless leads the staff in scoring, however he did not have the simplest time scoring in opposition to FSU the primary time he got here out with simply 12 factors. I am positive he’ll be on the lookout for his shot extra on this photograph, however I feel 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 good, scoring simply 58 factors on 21/53 capturing from the ground and 5/19 from 3, whereas Virginia scored 67 factors on 27/60 capturing from the ground and 11/22 from 3. The rating streak was It’s the largest loss for the staff within the second consecutive sport, and it’s essential to repair it to maneuver ahead.
Matthew Cleveland grabbed his seventh straight double-double, grabbed his tenth rebound within the ultimate 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 type simply to present Cleveland some aid. Even when this sport is not his finest, getting some relaxation will assist.
Within the first sport in opposition to Notre Dame, they have been in a position to quiet down defensively after a scorching begin to the sport. They did an important 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 normally am.
Jaylan Jenney is out for the season with an ACL harm.
Cameron Fletcher will miss the season with a knee harm.
Papa Miller missed the final sport 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 recently opening up 3 seconds to shoot. Based on 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 primary subject is level offense, if FSU can comprise the dribbling drives, it’ll assist the remainder of the protection.
FSU’s offense has been everywhere. Towards Wake, they hit the ball nicely however actually struggled with turnovers, coughing it up 17 occasions. Towards Virginia, nothing was working so nicely. Caleb Mills and Darin Inexperienced Jr have been a mixed 7/27 from the bottom, however not less than they stored the turnover down. FSU actually wants to search out some constant offense in opposition to a Notre Dame staff that may enable for some large scores.
Goodwin solely had two factors within the first sport between these two groups, and I can think about he’ll wish to make up for that on this sport. Since that first sport in opposition to FSU, he is been averaging 14.3 PPG on 50.7/37.5/77.8 capturing splits. It is laborious to think about he’ll ever play a sport like he did in Tallahassee once more.
Notre Dame is favored by 5 factors, with an over/underneath 140.5.
Even when FSU gained the primary sport between these two, their current protection gave me no hope that they might be capable of comprise a mighty Notre Dame staff. You get the sensation this ends like Wake Forest
Notre Dame 78 FSU 70
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