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FSU Prepares For NIT Battle With Georgetown

Monday, March 24, 2014 3:19pm

Lauren-Brownlow.jpgBy Lauren Brownlow


Time: 7:00 p.m.



Florida State is still dancing! Well, kind of dancing. I don’t know what you call being in the NIT. Let’s just call it the white man’s overbite(http://youtu.be/tD7Rj8GkBtM). And they’re facing a Gerogetown team that’s been meh to bad most of the year, losing five of its last seven games before the NIT began - and then they beat West Virginia. Not a great win by any stretch, but that was a win over a team that was right on the bubble. Meanwhile, Florida State looked pretty shaky at home against Florida Gulf Coast. And by pretty shaky, I mean I hated myself for continuing to watch the game. Basically, two things have to happen if you’re Florida State - stop turning the stupid basketball over so much and make your free throws (because Georgetown’s defensive free-throw rate is 330th nationally). And don’t let Georgetown get to the line. Those are my major points of analysis here. But seriously, with the turnovers. Stop. STAAAAAAAHP.


D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera. Mostly because, what an awesome name, right? Okay, that’s not the reason. The 6-3 sophomore guard leads Georgetown in ORtg in spite of playing almost all of their minutes (87.8%), and he has an eFG% of 52.9%. He makes over 48% of his two-pointers and over 39% of his three-pointers, which is probably why. And he takes 25.9% of Georgetown’s shots when he’s on the court, so it’s not like he has a bad usage percentage. And did I mention he’s an 88% free-throw shooter and has a 45.8 free-throw rate? So yeah, he could be a problem. And he’s playing very well, too - against West Virginia, he had 32 points on 9-of-17 shooting (4-of-8 from three), adding 10 rebounds and making all 10 of his free-throw attempts. He’s going to be a problem if FSU’s defensive stopper Aaron Thomas struggles to slow him down. 

Boris Bojanovsky. Georgetown doesn’t have a player taller than 6-10 on Ken Pom’s roster, and so there’s certainly not one that sees major minutes. Bojanovsky, in case you didn’t know, is 7-foot-3. And he’s had his good moments here down the stretch of this season, poised to have a much better junior year once someone tells the poor guy where the weight room is. Ever since his 12 points (including the game-winning dunk) against Maryland in the ACC Tournament, he’s had a total of eight points in the two games since on 2-of-6 shooting. Oh, and seven turnovers. Regardless of how or when this season ends for Florida State, the Seminoles need Bojanovsky to keep taking steps forward - this should be a game where he could do that.


Florida State is 2-2 in its last four games, but the Seminoles haven’t cracked 100 in offensive efficiency in that span after doing it for eight straight games before that. … Florida State is 10-2 in games with 67 or more possessions this year and 10-11 in games with fewer possessions. Georgetown has played eight games with more than 66 possessions this year and is 5-3 in those (13-11 in all other games). … Georgetown had five wins over Ken Pom top-100 teams all season but has three such wins in its last six games (although it also has a loss to No. 198 DePaul thrown in for good measure).


Florida State Win: STILL ALIVE!


Florida State Loss: Hey look, it’s the ACC in the postseason!



Georgetown, 72-63. Because why wouldn’t the ACC’s postseason carnage continue? 

Overall: 128-49 (108-38 ACC) (20-11 Postseason)

Last week: 9-5 (9-5 Postseason)