Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton was caught by the broadcast cameras with his head in his left hand, rubbing his brow with the look of frustration and disbelief. After losing to Louisville by 22 last season in Tallahassee, it had to hurt to be on the sidelines in that Yum! Center for an encore of that 2015 performance in an 84-65 loss.
Dwayne Bacon had a poor shooting night (4 for 17) and Florida State didn’t get much offensively from anyone not named Malik Beasley (23 points). Some of that can be attributed to Louisville’s strong defense, but it’s also worth noting the mysterious absence of Xavier Rathan-Mayes from the lineup (coach’s decision).
Quintin Snider fell one point short of his career high with 20 points on an efficient night, while Damion Lee scored 14 points and freshman Donovan Mitchell added 13.
Mitchell has looked great in spurts and continues to improve as a complimentary part of Rick Pitino’s rotation in ACC play. Mitchell offers good size as a 6-foot-3 guard and has some bounce, as you can see in this highlight reel dunk from the first half.
No one seemed to notice Mitchell slip into the lane as Damion Lee’s long shot was hoisted in the air, and the freshman exploded as just the right time to jam it home with some emphasis.
Louisville sitting alone in second place in the ACC. Is this the second-best team in the ACC? Louisville has the best defense, no doubt, in fact they’ve got KenPom’s No. 1 rated defense in terms of adjusted efficiency. But until the Cards face Virginia, North Carolina or Duke there will be a bit of mystery to this team.