The Florida State Seminoles men’s basketball team lost in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament today, falling 64-51 to the Virginia Cavaliers. In a crucial game that would have secured their spot in the NCAA Tournament, the ‘Noles just didn’t have the fuel to hang with the conference champs.
Virginia came out a bit chippy, perhaps a carry-over from the words exchanged when these team met in Charlottesville. A Cav dove into Ian Miller’s knees, and Aaron Thomas absorbed a low blow (neither were called). The Seminoles rebounded well early, but again gave the ball away far too often. But Virginia was a little tight, so UVA’s halftime lead was just 32-27.
The second half was a long, slow death for the ‘Noles. FSU looked rather sluggish, not moving their feet on defense and showing little motion away from the ball on offense. UVA’s lead was in double digits most of the half, as the only question about the outcome was the final score. Okaro White’s 17 points and 6 rebounds were both team highs for the ‘Noles, as the senior gave a tremendous effort.
Now the Seminoles wait. Despite the popular sentiment in social media that this means automatic relegation to the NIT, there are a handful of other bubble teams with similarly tough match-ups later, as I detailed earlier today. ESPN’s Jay Bilas even said, once the loss was inevitable, that this was not an elimination game for FSU. That being said, I’d be surprised if Florida State went dancing. But stranger things have happened.