Acc tournament preview: Florida state
By Parker McMillan
March 6th, 2018
March 6th, 2018
Last week was one of the most infuriating weeks in Louisville basketball history. between blowing a game with .9 seconds to go, to being absent for half of the second at NC State; fans wonder how the Cards can right the ship, and claw its way into March.
The answer to this question is simple. Win a couple games. If they beat FSU, they should be on the right side of the bubble. If they beat FSU and Virginia, they’re in. No questions asked. Here’s what to look for tomorrow:
Previewing Florida State
The Cards split the season with the Seminoles. They won in Tallahassee, and almost came back at the Yum! Center.
The Cards need to watch the Noles’ offense, as they found out last time. FSU might not boast a premier offense, but they’re still in the top 30 for points scored. All five starters put up double digits against the Cards.
The Seminoles have dangerous players in both the guard and forward positions. Phil Cofer (F) and Braian Angola (G) both average 13 points. Angola racked up 21 against Boston College last week.
FSU leaves a lot to be desired defensively: They let up an average of 74.2 points (229th in DI). The main threat FSU offers is their athleticism. They’re able to rebound and block shots on.
To shut the ‘Noles offense down, the Cards need to hold FSU’s key scorers: Cofer, Angola, and Terrance Mann. Louisville must contend with FSU’s assist leader Trent Forrest off the bench.
If the Cards plays like they did for the 39 minutes and 59.1 seconds against Virginia, they have a chance. Most fans would love to say that this will be when the team rises to the occasion. I’d like to agree, but sadly, I must give my honest opinion.
Louisville 74 Florida State 77