@FSU Live Blog

State (11-5, 1-1) @ Florida State (12-5, 2-1)
TV: 4pm ACC Network (FOX50 in the Triangle)

For those of you that can’t watch or will be watching the Ravens-Steelers instead, check in here throughout today’s game for regular updates and random comments.

State goes to Tallahassee after a disheartening collapse in Chestnut Hill Tuesday Night, losing 75-66 after being tied at 60 with under four minutes remaining, spurred by Lowe’s *questionable* benching of Ryan Harrow in favor of Javi Gonzalez during crunch time. Meanwhile, Florida State will try to avoid the always-dreaded letdown game after defeating #1 Duke 66-61 on Wednesday Night at the Tucker Center.

Mike Hogewood and Cory Alexander announcing. The last time I saw Cory Alexander, he was helping lead Virginia to the Elite Eight in 1995.

State – Leslie, Wood, Smith, Brown, Harrow
Florida State – James, Singleton, Shannon, Snaer, Kitchen

Just so we’re clear: Lowe pulled Harrow for his defensive lapse in a critical situation the other night, but since then he’s suddenly earned a starting role? I’m confused, other than not scoring, has Javi done something to no longer start? Am I the only one struggling with that “logic?”

1st Half
15:20 – Florida State 6-4. Nothing much to say so far, both teams have combined for 5-of-15 shooting to this point.

Wednesday Night’s raucus crowd didn’t show up today.

13:53 – Javi checks in, coming off the bench for the first time this season. Read that last part again. Yes, it’s true. My buddy just texted me that Gary Hahn said it was because Javi was late for practice.

11:56 – Florida State 12-6. True to form, the Pack start slow, shooting only 3-of-16 (19%). However, we’re dominating the offensive glass. Baby steps.

9:54 – Tied at 12. Ugly game so far, but State closes the gap after a four-point play by Wood and then a miraculous 20-footer by Javi, who with that shot is already at 40% of his per game average of five.

6:53 – Florida State 16-14. Too many turnovers for the Pack (8) and too few for the Noles (4). State shooting only 6-of-20 (30%).

3:53 – Florida State 22-16. State being absolutely dominated in the paint, 18-4. Noles on a 6-0 run after State tied it at 16 out of the under eight timeout.

Cory Alexander talks about his love for Bojangle’s, which has been the most interesting comment he’s made all day. It amazes me that there are like 47 states with folks that have no clue what they’re missing out on.

I can’t tell the difference between Bunny from “The Wire” and Leonard Hamilton.

Half – Florida State 28-19. Well, this looks like it may get out of hand. After being tied at 16, FSU went on a 12-3 run over the final 6:17 of the half, during which State shot 1-of-8 and I lost track of the points in the paint differential, but it’s something like 22-4.

Florida State’s scoring was spread fairly even among its starters, with Shannon leading all scorers with eight. Javi is State’s leading scorer with five, which puts him on pace for a relatively monster game. State had 10 turnovers to the Noles’ six; State shot 27% against FSU’s 41%.

2nd Half
I’m sure most of the dozen or so State fans watching the first half still haven’t flipped back over from Ravens-Steelers. And really, who could blame them?

15:15 – Florida State 44-28. Singleton hit FSU’s first three at 17:58, on an inbounds pass where he was not guarded. FSU is 6-of-6 so far in the half. Alexander wants us to believe Lowe told the team to get the ball to Tracy; now that’s the most innovative coaching since Dennis Hopper’s swinging gate, trying to get the ball to your leading scorer.

11:59 – Florida State 53-36. FSU has its largest lead of the game. Our defense has held the Noles to 100% FG in the half (8-of-8).

NC State: The cure for the common hangover.

We’re playing so bad it crashed my personal laptop, so I had to switch over to my work laptop. No way is that a coincidence.

10:47 – FSU misses its first field goal of the half (8-of-9).

The full court press, as usual, creates easy baskets for our opponent.

For the few of you actually still reading this, you may want to stop by the SFN Forums to discuss a topic that gets more relevant with the passing of each game.

7:58 – Florida State 61-46. It’s officially out of hand. Bunny Colvin calls a timeout after Wood hit an uncontested three, clearly upset that we cut it to 15 when it should really be closer to 20.

3:23 – Florida State 77-57. Laughable. The 20-point lead is FSU’s highest margin in an ACC game since it led Carolina by 23 last January.

Final – Florida State 84-71

Quick Summary: State never led, it wasn’t nearly as close as the 13-point margin indicates, and it was simply a microcosm of Lowe’s tenure (ESPN.com Box Score).

Duke is next.

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84 Responses to @FSU Live Blog

  1. JBS 01/15/2011 at 4:49 PM #

    Is anyone else not getting sound for the game?

  2. LRM 01/15/2011 at 4:53 PM #

    Unfortunately, I am.

  3. eas 01/15/2011 at 4:53 PM #

    Not much. The raycom non hd picture is horrible as well.

  4. GoldenChain 01/15/2011 at 5:04 PM #

    I can’t say that I want to watch 3 minute droughts in HD.

  5. 8pack 01/15/2011 at 5:05 PM #

    No one moving on offense…we continue to try to execute simple pick and roll plays with no success. When we get the opportunity to finish at the rim, we go up weak. Horrible start…no energy, no plan, no defensive boards. Basically what we are used to seeing…Thank GOD the Steelers are playing in 5 minutes!

  6. eas 01/15/2011 at 5:08 PM #

    How long did we see the new starting 5? Not too long…..

  7. highstick 01/15/2011 at 5:09 PM #

    I’ve seen a lot of “lapses” so far….

  8. kbrown 01/15/2011 at 5:14 PM #

    There is the Javi I love. Let’s dribble through all 9 players and turn it over and force our best shooter to pick up his second foul. Keep it up Javi.

  9. ShavlikLeague 01/15/2011 at 5:32 PM #

    8pack’s analysis is spot on. The sad thing is that you could cut and paste that in for just about every one of our performance’s this year. I can’t count the number of times I have wanted to throw my remote through the window and it’s not even halftime.

    Officiating in this game is _horrible_. Official 5 feet away doesn’t call a foul when there is one. Official 30 feet away and out of position calls a foul when there isn’t one.

    And CJ…quit dribbling so much. You can’t do the things you use to do in high school now that you’re in the ACC. You would think someone would clue him in on that.

  10. Tampa-Pack 01/15/2011 at 5:37 PM #

    Nice, we are on track from 38 points in the game. Hopefully we’ll have a good half and break 40. Things to look forward too..

  11. Avid109 01/15/2011 at 5:40 PM #

    I’m surprised at how little the team’s poor play has been bothering me in this game. I think I’m beginning to check out from NC State basketball. It’s simply no fun to watch anymore.

  12. wolf pack 01/15/2011 at 5:41 PM #

    Wow one of the worse performances in a half that I can remember. I thought things were bad, but wow.. Just Terrible Execution on Offense. Where is Tracy Smith. I have a song for everyone on this blog. Gooooddd Byeee Sidney Good Bye… He surely will not make it past this season.

  13. BJD95 01/15/2011 at 5:41 PM #

    Every pants shitting brings us that much closer to a gloriously new, competent coaching search.

  14. tvp1 01/15/2011 at 5:42 PM #

    Javi is our leading scorer. Oh, irony!

  15. WV Wolf 01/15/2011 at 5:43 PM #

    After the score was tied at 16 all, we’re struggling some on the road, maybe we should pound the ball inside to our all-ACC best player.

    Possessions: 9
    Touches for Tracy: 2
    Shots for Tracy: 0

    Or not.

    And now that you mention it, Hamilton does look just like Bunny Colvin. Is there a Hamsterdam in Tallahassee?

  16. LRM 01/15/2011 at 5:45 PM #

    Haha WV I was hoping someone would catch that Wire reference (one of the greatest series ever).

    “There you go again, giving a bleep when it ain’t your turn to give a bleep.”

  17. eas 01/15/2011 at 5:48 PM #

    Not trying to be negative but does anyone notice any difference at all in this game? Every game looks like a replay of the past. We have struggled with defense every game but I just don’t understand one simple fact:

    5 years and still no offense, not even a basic one from time to time.

  18. WV Wolf 01/15/2011 at 5:51 PM #

    To go completely off topic, I binged through all 5 seasons of The Wire last year on HBO On Demand. What a great show.

    I think Senator Clay Davis could probably sum up our play in the first half with one (very drawn out) word…

  19. wolf pack 01/15/2011 at 5:59 PM #

    I have almost started pulling for the other team..so we can deff. get a new coach..i’m so tired of watching this terrible play

  20. GoldenChain 01/15/2011 at 5:59 PM #

    5 minutes in to the 2nd and we are down by 16. Sid should be fired after this game.
    I don’t care if all the ‘blue chips’ transfer. What’s the difference of having them and seeing them coached like this or just plain not having them?!
    At least if we had a new coach and no talent we’d have an excuse for losing.

  21. LRM 01/15/2011 at 6:02 PM #
  22. graywolf 01/15/2011 at 6:03 PM #

    This is really sad. Maybe they are better than advertised since they beat Duke…..

    But, I’m not convinced yet.

  23. mak4dpak 01/15/2011 at 6:07 PM #

    Wow we are really sucking, and have Duke to look forward to in our next game. Saddddddddddddddddddddddddddd!!!!!!!!!!

  24. WV Wolf 01/15/2011 at 6:11 PM #

    Thanks LRM, that pretty much sums up our play today.

  25. Lunatic Fringe 01/15/2011 at 6:17 PM #

    I am just thankful there is a football game on.

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