Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton knew things might not be pretty Tuesday night. The Seminoles were down two junior starters and forced to start freshman who have played seven combined games.
Providence stunned Florida State by jumping out to an 11-0 lead Saturday in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic and then strolled to an 80-54 victory over the Seminoles at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Florida State’s already dim NCAA Tournament hopes appeared to be fading away when Wake Forest took a 16-point lead in the first half of Saturday night’s game between two struggling ACC teams.
Joe Harris and Virginia didn’t let a disappointment at Duke knock them off their rhythm.
Although it wasn’t a pretty win in just about any sense, Virginia walked away with a comparatively easy road win Saturday at Florida State with its leader and top scorer watching from the bench after suffering a possible concussion in the opening minutes of the game.
Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton says his young team is growing up although he’s not sure they’ve come far enough to repeat as Atlantic Coast Conference tournament champions.
Florida State raised its Atlantic Coast Conference championship banner before its season opener. Then the Seminoles took the floor and struggled in every way.
Michael Snaer was the California player of the year and a McDonald’s All American who passed up chances to join any of several of the nation’s traditional powerhouses to make a difference at a school trying to climb into the elite.
Florida State was defeated Saturday by Virginia Tech, breaking a 3-game winning streak.