We gladly write this with "egg on our face". We analyzed five key factors that teams typically have to make a run in the tourney and FSU was clearly lacking in several categories. Well throw those stats out after the second round beat-down of ND.
The Irish shoot better from three? They sure did....but not on Sunday night. It was the FSU marksmen who were finding their target. FSU went 9-19 from three, ND went 7-30 and a few of those were after the game was decided.
Some simple stats:
Snaer, Kitchen, and Dulkys combined to go 6-10 from three point range
Ben Hansbrough fouled out and was largely ineffective on the night
FSU shot 45%, ND shot 32%
Even with the strong offensive performance it was clearly the defense that led this team to victory. They befuddled the Irish offense making them look like a bottom of the barrel team. Every ND shot was contested and the Irish never seriously threatened.
The draw has opened up for FSU as well. It is not no. 3 seed Purdue they will see, it is no. 11 seed VCU. VCU has won three tournament games convincingly, but FSU might be favored to reach the Elite 8. Who would have thought that? Clearly the Seminole Cagers.