'Disappointed' Ham looking for answers

Perhaps for the first time since Leonard Hamilton has been at Florida State, it is fair to question not only the talent on the roster but also the effort the Seminoles are giving on the basketball court.

They didn't just start the bus quickly when the Seminoles (9-6) opened ACC play with a blowout loss Jan. 7 against Clemson.

Instead, they kept it waiting.

A few days after enjoying a convincing win against Auburn in the final non-conference game, a moment that figured to build some confidence and momentum, Florida State laid an egg in the 79-59 loss at Clemson. The walloping left coach Leonard Hamilton wondering if his team had struck rock bottom.

It put another glum mood on a situation that may get worse. FSU has to play at Virginia Tech on Tuesday, another place where the Seminoles have struggled, then host North Carolina on Saturday.

"Since we've been at Florida State, I've never been more disappointed than I am today," Hamilton said after the Clemson loss. "Somewhere along the way there's been a disconnect with this team, and it's been hard to put your finger on. We've been up and down [in the past], but one thing we've never done is been up and down with our effort. For the most part, even though there have been times we have not played well, it hasn't been an effort or a focus thing."

Effort was an issue against Clemson. The Seminoles were futile in a 22-0 run by the Tigers that sealed the game. Clemson scored its second-most points of the season.


The Seminoles' loss at Clemson makes them 1-9 under Hamilton in games played at Clemson's Littlejohn Coliseum. In this case, the fooball rivarlry extends into basketball.

Clemson fans always turn out and get fired up when FSU visits.

"We haven't had much success at Clemson," said Hamilton. "We'd like to turn that around."

He'll have to wait another year. ...

Michael Snaer's 22 points in Wednesday night's 85-56 win over visiting Auburn marked a career high. Snaer had three games this season with at least 20 points and scored in double figures 11 times at that point.

He made all 10 free-throw attempts in that game.

BY THE NUMBERS: 3/20 -- There were three games this season, through Sunday, in which Snaer scored at least 20 points, and no other teammate can claim that feat.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We have not faced this type of challenge with our team since we've been here. I didn't expect that because of the experience we have." -- FSU coach Leonard Hamilton on what his team faces.

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