Florida State Review
|Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 10:16 AM- -|
Florida State Review
This may be the shortest blog I have ever had on this site for three reasons. First, its almost midnight and I have to be up in five hours for the radio show. Second, I am working on the Mark Fields commitment info. Third, this one was pretty simple.
I have other observations that we can get into later, but this game came down to free throw shooting. There are a lot of ways to win or lose a basketball game and in a close game free throw shooting is often times the difference.
There is an old basketball strategy that says if you make more free throws than your opponent shoots, you win most of the time. That was not the case Monday night. Clemson made more free throws than FSU shot, but the Tigers still lost 59-55 at home.
When you miss 15 free throws it hurts. When you shoot 51% from the free throw line it really hurts.
This is one is simple. As bad as the Tigers played, they would have won this game if they would have made more of their free throw attempts.
We can talk about
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Some will try to blame a short turn around, but that is an excuse. Florida State played Saturday also and they had to hop a plane Sunday and travel.
Some will try to trot out the
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I have been critical of this team this season when they don't play hard, but effort was not an issue Monday night. They played hard. You can't fault the effort.
Yes, this one was simple. Make free throws and you win. Shoot 51% from the free throw line and you get beat.
I hate losing games and I hate losing momentum. The Tigers lost both Monday against a bad FSU team.
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