Gainful employment (which these days is a very good thing to have) precluded me from watching Florida State’s semi-final game with North Carolina. Not to worry though, I would watch my recording of it later when I got home from the shows (more on that later).
With a television in the green room of the theater and me being the basketball fanatic I am I knew I was bound to find out the final score watching the other games between shows which I promptly did as I tuned in to the FSU post game press conference.
Just looking at that score I could pretty much surmise what happened. Maybe not the exact details of how it got that way, but a pretty good idea of the flow of the game. In other words Toney Douglas scored a whole bunch of points, somebody else made a big play or two, and that stellar defense stepped up once again when needed to get the stops at the end to grind out yet another close win for the ‘Noles.
We’ve seen that scenario before many times from the Seminoles as recently as the day before when Derwin Kitchen made that layup against Georgia Tech (little did I know Derwin was a big factor at the end of this game as well).
Sure enough, when I was able to sit down and watch my recording that’s just about what occurred. Toney scored 27 points with two free throws to give FSU the lead. Derwin converted those free throws, Chris Singleton had two huge baskets from the right wing, and Devidas Dulkys with a key pass to Derwin who cans the three.
And then there was that defense that harassed Tyler Hansbrough into a turnover and unlike the runner by Ty Lawson to beat the ‘Noles in Tallahassee, there were hands in the faces of Wayne Ellington and Danny Green on those last three point attempts.
That kind of quickly sums up why Florida State is for the first time in school history will play for the ACC tournament title. Man, that sounds neat to say.
The only thing that would be better is if FSU went out and beat Duke for the title. And you know what, they very well could do it.
But for me personally the most fun for me after learning of the score and while watching the Maryland/Duke game was a conversation with a faux Tar Heel fan (I say that because any Tar Heel fan worth their salt is going to know who and when their team is playing on any given day).
So the conversation went something like this. Noticing the game was on, the North Carolina fan says “It won’t matter who wins this game. The Tar Heels are going to win it anyway.”
Shaking my head and informing him that that was NOT going to happen I replied to his question as to who I thought would win it saying, “Well it won’t be North Carolina as they just lost to Florida State.”
Insert stunned silence here.
Boy, did I enjoy that conversation.
Now as to the recording. A huge thank you goes to Mrs. BFT who, upon arriving home, discovered the game was not on ESPN as the TV guide indicated and found the station the game was actually on and recorded the last 10:45 of the game for me. Yup, she’s a keeper.
And a huge booooooooooo hissssssssssss to the SEC tournament who as you know is in Tampa and because of that prompted a blackout of the ACC tournament on ESPN in this market.
With yet another matinee on Sunday, I hope to arrive home with more good news. And oh yes, a complete recording of the game this time.