After a 2-0 start to the ACC season which saw the Florida State Seminoles notch two conference road wins, it now appears that Coach Leonard Hamilton’s troops are headed in the opposite direction. Being just 1-3 (the win coming on a Michael Snaer game winning three-pointer) since that 2-0 conference start, the Noles have some serious issues on the basketball floor.
During last Sunday night’s matchup against in-state rival Miami, FSU was beaten to a pulp in every aspect of the game. The execution wasn’t there, the energy and effort were missing and it seemed as if Hamilton was just looking for anybody who wanted to play. It’s not typical of a Leonard Hamilton coached team to quit on a game, but that’s what happened at the Bank United Center in Coral Gables last Sunday.
As the Seminoles move into the next phase of the ACC schedule, they really can’t afford many slip ups. They will have to protect their home floor as if their life depends on it, and they will also need to find the road magic that they had to begin the ACC schedule. Not only is this team looking to build off of last year’s ACC Championship success, but they are also in contention for the signature of Andrew Wiggins, who is the consensus No. 1 ranked high school basketball prospect in the country.
Look for Coach Hamilton to shorten his rotation, and for Florida State to get back to the defensive principles that allowed them to see so much success last season. Should the Seminoles fail to make the NCAA tournament, it will certainly be a huge disappointment for a program coming off of an ACC Championship.