‘Noles Basketball Remains Hot

For the second straight game, Florida State shows offensive life en route to a 14-point victory over Maryland. Coming off a 33-point upset over the former #3 ranked Tar Heels, the Seminoles remained in Tallahassee to face a decent Maryland squad. The Terps probably won’t be invited to the NCAA tournament in a down year for the ACC but they entered the Tucker Center with a solid 12-4 overall record and 2-1 in the ACC. The key of the game was to see how Florida State responded after a highly emotional game against North Carolina. It’s common for a team in FSU’s position to play flat in the game following a big upset but that didn’t seem to be a problem for the veteran home team.

Florida State shot 20-for-23 from the free-throw line (87%), 29-for-61 from the field (47.5%) and 6-for-13 from 3-point range (46.2%). The ‘Noles put up 84-points against Maryland despite averaging barely 70 points per game, including the 90 points scored against North Carolina on Saturday. Michael Snaer led all FSU scorers with 19 points while Ian Miller scored 18 points and Bernard James added 17 points.

The win over the Terps is Florida State’s third straight win, improving their conference record to 3-1 after losing to Clemson by 20-points in the conference opener. The ‘Noles face a huge test on Saturday when they travel to Cameron Indoor Stadium to face the 4th ranked Blue Devils. Duke hosts Wake Forest tonight but they currently hold a 15-2 overall record and are the only remaining undefeated ACC team in conference play. All signs point to Duke as being the best team in the ACC but Florida State could take control of first place with another upset on Saturday.

ACC Standings (conference record)

  • #4 Duke 3-0
  • FSU 3-1
  • #8 UNC 2-1
  • NC State 2-1
  • BC 2-1
  • #17 UVA 1-1
  • Miami 1-2
  • WF 1-2
  • GT 1-2
  • Clemson 1-3
  • VT 0-3

*Top 4 teams receive a bye game in the ACC tournament

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