Florida State will wrap up their season sequence in opposition to Notre Dame tonight, and so they’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 for the reason that two final performed earlier than Christmas.
This recreation 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 time beyond regulation in opposition to Georgia Tech at dwelling 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, nicely beneath their season averages of 37.9% from 3 and 76.2% from the road. It is a huge purpose to lose video games recently. Even when it is their dwelling 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 staff away from dwelling.
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 vital to this staff’s success, and if he may have had something in any respect in opposition to FSU, they might have received. I am searching for him to have an amazing efficiency on this as a working again.
After scoring 20 factors in opposition to FSU the primary time round, JJ Starling has actually disillusioned 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 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 certain he’ll be searching 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 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 staff within the second consecutive recreation, and it’s mandatory to repair it to maneuver ahead.
Matthew Cleveland grabbed his seventh straight double-double, grabbed his tenth rebound within the closing minutes, to go along with his 10 factors and play all 40 minutes, which tells extra concerning the depth behind him than anything. FSU wants Papa Miller again and kind simply to present Cleveland some reduction. Even when this recreation is not his greatest, getting some relaxation will assist.
Within the first recreation in opposition to Notre Dame, they had been in a position to quiet down defensively after a scorching begin to the sport. They did an amazing 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 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 exhausting time containing dribble recently 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 include the dribbling drives, it should assist the remainder of the protection.
FSU’s offense has been far and wide. In opposition to Wake, they hit the ball nicely however actually struggled with turnovers, coughing it up 17 instances. In opposition to Virginia, nothing was working so nicely. Caleb Mills and Darin Inexperienced Jr had been a mixed 7/27 from the bottom, however at the least they saved the turnover down. FSU actually wants to search out some constant offense in opposition to a Notre Dame staff that may enable for some huge 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 exhausting 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 might be capable to include a mighty Notre Dame staff. You get the sensation this ends like Wake Forest
Notre Dame 78 FSU 70
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