That FSU team I saw on the court had very little idea how to cope with what the Buckeyes were doing. At one point, OSU was shooting 33.3 percent as a team and had the game decisively in hand. That does not bode well for what the Seminoles were doing out there on the court.
I credit the Buckeyes at least somewhat for that. FSU shot 41.0 percent for the game but went 8 for 27 (.296) from the field in the first half. That's not going to win you many games regardless of your opponent.
The win will look good at the end of the year because it's a win against a top-25 team, but I'm not sure it was quite that good.
I think … that we saw one player who proves that head coach Thad Matta has at least one option off the bench. After watching William Buford lurch through the first half, he finally made the move and replaced the sophomore with senior Jeremie Simmons, who immediately responded.
One of last year's biggest disappointments poured in all 14 of his points in the second half, and Simmons was huge. His shots kept FSU from being able to get anything going in the second half, and it was among the most confident performances I've ever seen from him in his tenure in Columbus.
FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton said he did not feel that the Seminoles took Buford out of the game, pointing to the fact that the sophomore took 12 shots from the floor. Instead, the coach said it was just one of those nights when Buford didn't have it from the floor.
He didn't have anything on the floor that I saw. He never looked confident in this one, and I think his 2-for-4 performance from the charity stripe also says something about where his head was at in this game.
Buford has to start figuring it out soon.
I think … that maybe what we saw out of P.J. Hill last year was a mirage of sorts. When he fell into the starting point guard spot out of sheer necessity, head coach Thad Matta talked about how he had always had confidence in Hill's ability to run the team.
I thought he was yanking our chains then, and I think a game like this one is the proof. That the Buckeyes would win was never in doubt from the first few minutes of the second half, and yet Evan Turner goes the distance at the point.
I'm not surprised that Nikola Kecman did not play, and I am only slightly surprised that Zisis Sarikopoulos did not play. The fact that Hill did not play, however, in a game that was mostly under wraps for nearly 20 minutes tells me the coaches simply do not trust him enough to be in against a perceived high-caliber opponent like FSU.
I like his hustle as much as the next guy, but I'm starting to realize that Hill will not play any meaningful minutes this season save for bear necessity.
I think … that kudos are in order for Kyle Madsen. Sixteen minutes of action in relief of Dallas Lauderdale and he finishes with four points, three boards, a steal and no turnovers. Most importantly, I didn't notice him getting flat-out beat like I often do.
Well done, Madsen.