Florida State has an awful lot of work to do if it wants to rebuild its résumé for an NCAA Tournament bid. Really, those hopes are hanging on by a thread at this point.
However, the Seminoles did take a first step toward restoring their stock Saturday afternoon.
Leonard Hamilton’s group blew out No. 23 Notre Dame 77-56 behind a big day from freshman Dwayne Bacon, who scored 21 points. More than any sort of offensive performance though, it was the defense that ruled the day for Florida State. The Seminoles, who came into the game 10th in the ACC in defensive efficiency, held the best offensive team in the country to .875 points per possession. It was the first time the Irish had been held below 1 point per possession this season.
Florida State came into the game at No. 76 in the RPI, meaning it had a lot of work to do. However, the win over Notre Dame gives the Noles their third win over a top-50 team this season, and pushes their record against the top 50 to 3-7, with six of those losses coming to top-25 teams. It’s not a great résumé, but with games coming against Syracuse in their final regular-season game and a few opportunities in the ACC Tournament, the Noles at least aren’t done.
It’s a nice job Saturday taking care of business on the home. Now the Seminoles need to keep doing it going forward to give themselves a chance later on.