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ACC Roundup - Florida State Back To Winning

Don’t look now but the Seminoles could own fourth place by the end of the night

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NCAA Basketball: Notre Dame at Florida State
Feb 25, 2019; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles guard Devin Vassell (24) dunks the ball during the second half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Donald L. Tucker Center.
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With its 68-61 win over Notre Dame Monday night, Florida State moved into a tie for fourth place in the ACC with Virginia Tech with Syracuse just a half game behind.

Not that Notre Dame made it easy. The Irish, young but improving, led much of the game.

Florida State fought back and its depth was a key advantage. Freshman Devil Vassell had 13 points and was a key asset off the bench.

Notre Dame is growing up but Mike Brey has been around for a while and realizes what his teams issues are: “We gave ourselves a chance,” he said after the loss. “We just couldn’t finish it. That’s kind of been a little bit of the story of us. Just maybe not mature enough or mentally tough enough yet to finish against a really good team.”

Perhaps. Next year he could get Rex Pflueger back and his young players will be a year older. They’ll be back to being a pain in the butt next year.

Florida State could conceivably own fourth place by Tuesday night if Virginia Tech loses at home to Duke and Syracuse pulls off an upset in Chapel Hill. As we’ve seen quite often since Syracuse joined the ACC, when it works it really, really works. The Orange will also have to slow UNC down. If they do, they have a chance in a half court game.

Duke @ Virginia Tech 7:00 ESPN
Miami @ Wake Forest 7:00 ACCNE
Syracuse @ UNC 9:00 ACCNE
Monday's Results
  • Florida State 68 Miami 61

ACC Standings

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