It’s been a relatively up and down few weeks for the ACC, starting off the 2012-13 season. While Duke has beaten the number two, three, and four teams in the nation so far, and Maryland’s looked pretty tough, some early favorites have more losses than expected with both North Carolina and North Carolina State sort of stumbling out of the gate.
Then there’s Florida State.
The Seminoles lost their third game of the season on Sunday, falling at the hands of Mercer of the Atlantic Sun conference. This was the teams second embarrassing (to say the least) home loss of the early season – we’ll allow a loss to number-21 Minnesota - but coming off of a year where they won the ACC Tournament and had all the tools to make a deep NCAA Tournament run, Leonard Hamilton’s squad has to be one of the most disappointing teams in the country.
You can most definitely chalk their early struggles up partly to growing pains, I mean, this is a team that lost four of last season’s starters, but with one of the ACC’s best players in Michael Snaer, home losses to Mercer and South Alabama are unacceptable no matter how you look at it.
The other most unacceptable aspect of the Seminoles struggles has been their poor execution and furthermore, excessive turnovers. This was the fifth (out of seven) game of the season where FSU turned the ball over 17 or more times. Of course junior point guard Ian Miller’s battled injury, and has struggled himself on the court, but if they’re turning the ball over that much before the ACC season starts, the ‘Noles could be in for a lot of trouble in 2013.
Florida State has number-seven Florida at home on Wednesday, which will either be a great chance for a team with confidence, and certainly talent, to right their wrongs, or continue their downward spiral.
We’ll find out soon enough.
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