Fans: Noles need better shots, but will be fine despite rough start to ACC play

By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
January 15, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Florida State had, seemingly, few problems throughout their non-conference schedule. Their one loss came at the hands of the national champs on a neutral court and they averaged 81 points a night.

However, the Seminoles' fortunes have changed since the ACC season tipped off.

In four games, the Noles are 1-3, averaging 65 points a game and logging their two lowest point totals of the season in a 65-52 loss to Virginia and in Monday's 75-62 loss at Pitt.

FSU's lone conference victory, a six-point home win against Miami, ended the game on the other side of a 14-10 run by the Hurricanes in the closing six minutes.

Even with Florida State's recent struggles, fans say they aren't worried about the Seminoles. For now.

FSU fans do say, however, the Seminoles need to be more cautious of their shot selection. In their 1-3 stretch to open conference play, the Noles are shooting just 38.2 percent from the floor (87-for-228) and 22.9 percent from deep (22-for-96).

The Noles rank 11th in both field goal and three-point percentage for the season, notching marks of 45 percent and 31.3 percent, respectively.

The last time the Noles shot above their season average from the floor was on their New Year's Day win against Winthrop. The last time FSU shot over 50 percent was the game prior to the one against the Eagles, in an 81-59 take down of Saint Louis.

While it's easy to, more or less, write the Pitt loss off - the Noles may not have been fully recouped after their emotional game against Duke - we'll learn more about what there's to worry about, or not to worry about, over the next month of games.

The Noles play this weekend against Boston College before hosting Clemson, rematching against the Hurricanes and opening February by hosting Georgia Tech.

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