Florida State‘s Boris Bojanovsky‘s season has run parallel to his team’s. Both the Seminoles and Bojanovsky should have had breakout seasons, but neither lived up to the hype. But with the regular season in the background, maybe FSU got the boost it needed to make a run with its thrilling victory over the Maryland Terrapins, 67-65, in the second round of the ACC tournament on Thursday.
An unnecessary foul of Dez Wells allowed the Maryland junior to tie the game and put Florida State’s back right up against the wall. The ball was quickly advanced down to the Okaro White, who instead of forcing up an awkward jumper, made a brilliant pass down to Bojanovsky for a clean dunk with less than a second remaining.
The dunk not only bumped the Seminoles from the bubble into the NCAA tournament field, but it capped a career day for Bojanovsky. He finished with a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds. More importantly than those numbers was how hard Bojanovsky played the entire game. For most of the season, the sophomore center did not play up to his 7-foot-3 frame. He usually did not call for the ball and would back down to heavier players. However, against the Terps, Bojanovsky stood tall and was as key of a player as anyone in the game. Florida State has a lot of talent with Ian Miller and Aaron Thomas who combined for 31 points against Maryland. If Bojanovsky can build off of this game, Florida State suddenly becomes a serious contender to not only win the ACC tournament, but to possibly upset a few teams in the dance.
One game does not define a player, and Bojanovsky could play soft against a terrific Virginia Cavaliers‘ defense on Friday. If he proves to be tough again, though, Florida State could pull off the upset.