Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Ian Miller’s Jumper Salvages FSU Win Over Notre Dame


Big wins, according to conventional wisdom, occur in March.

Not always.

On Tuesday night, Ian Miller’s floater in the lane gave the Seminoles a 76-74 win over Notre Dame in a result that just may make any big March wins relevant. After squandering an 8-point halftime edge, FSU found itself knotted with the Irish as time ticked away. Miller’s heroics — which immediately drew comparisons to Michael Snaer’s of last year — propelled the ‘Noles to 4-2 in ACC play, while Notre Dame dropped to 2-4.

More importantly, FSU moves into a fourth-place tie with Clemson, a team over which they currently hold the tiebreaker, thanks to their victory against the Tigers on January 9. And while nobody strives for fourth place, it’s an important spot to remember, especially since the top four regular-season finishers receive byes into the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament.

And this is where we get back to March. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi lists the Seminoles as an 8-seed in his latest Bracketology, the fifth of six ACC teams he currently projects to make the big dance. Translation: while there is still a lot of season left, it’s not a stretch to imagine Selection Sunday being a bit tense in Tallahassee. And just as April rain brings May flowers, so may January victories like this bring more restful March nights.

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