Florida State Lacking Toughness Needed To Succeed

By Gregory Philson

Florida State impressed many college basketball fans early with a big-time victory over then-highly-ranked Virginia Commonwealth and nearly picking up an upset of Michigan. These two games put the Seminoles on the national radar and there was talk this could be a team with a real shot to climb the ACC ladder to the top.

Well, that talk has since stopped because the Seminoles are 4-3 in the ACC with all three losses coming by an average of 15.3 points. The Seminoles have been taken to task by Virginia twice and are just coming off a blowout loss against Duke. While both of those teams are top contenders in the conference, losing by a combined 46 points is no way to garner attention from the NCAA tournament committee.

What makes these losses even more discouraging is Florida State should be a very good team based on its size and overall talent. The Seminoles have two 7-footers, yet gave up 47 rebounds to Duke and were outrebounded by the Blue Devils by 23. Duke, even after that display, is ranked 10th in the league in rebounding differential. This kind of poor display on the boards should have left the Seminoles sick to their stomachs.

Boris Bojanovsky may be the most disappointing player on the team. He is 7-foot-3 and only scored four points and grabbed a measly two rebounds against Duke. He should be snatching at least eight or nine rebounds by accident with his size, yet looks weak compared to much smaller players. If Bojanovsky continues to passively play, FSU has no shot against physical teams.

Florida State is also a poor offensive team. The Seminoles only average 72.4 points per game and look awkward on offense. Whether or not this is the style of play coach Leonard Hamilton‘s wants to play, the Seminoles will not succeed in a league that has so many explosive offensive teams. The team shoots a respectable 48 percent from the field, but does not get off enough shots for that to really impact games. The defense — which gives up 64.2 points — is not stout enough for a slow moving offense to work.

Florida State has time to turn things around and build a more respectable tournament resume. However, the Seminoles cannot believe their offense is good enough right now to make up for poor rebounding and an average offense.

Gregory T. Philson is an ACC college basketball writer at RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GTPhilson, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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