The story of the game was the defense. Bernard James led the charge with three blocks and Okaro White(2) and Jon Kreft(2) joined the party. The Nole Cagers held AM to 31.4% shooting- that is only half the story-- AM shot significantly worse from INSIDE the arc. Almost every AM shot was contested, truly great defensive effort.
Derwin Kitchen was the team's top offensive performer. He scored 15 points with seven rebounds and three assists. A big drive late in the game was one of the key plays in the game. Eight players scored and several different players stepped up at key moments in the game.
In order to beat heavily favored Notre Dame this team will need to find 15 points in them....the return of Chris Singleton helps as he provides much needed offensive punch, but the injury probably prevents him from being a guy who can put the team on his back.....at least not on Sunday.
The Irish will be somewhat familiar with the defense as they play in the rugged Big East, but FSU needs to get this game deep into the second half. There is a lot of pressure on Notre Dame, they are not often Final Four worthy, things change in that last four minutes of tourney games. Let's hope this FSU team can fight their way into that position.
The win moved the 'Noles into the round of 32 for just the eighth time in school history.