Virginia flipped the ball around easily against Florida State and didn’t turn it over often, but the Cavaliers could not get good looks to fall and ended the ACC weekend with a bad 69-62 loss. Tony Bennett’s team has one of the most efficient offenses in the country (entered the night No. 4 in KenPom’s ratings for adjusted offensive efficiency) but missed too many shots (39.3 percent) to climb back into the game after giving up a halftime lead.
Florida State outplayed Virginia for the first 15 minutes, let the Wahoos steal the lead before halftime and then responded well. Malik Beasley had 14 of his 17 points in the second half and fellow freshman Dwayne Bacon led Florida State with 18 points and nine rebounds.
As you might imagine, Bacon’s strong performance had FSU fans celebrating on Twitter with all kinds of fun Bacon memes.
— FSU Basketball (@fsuhoops) January 18, 2016
— quinn (@jmquinn) January 18, 2016
Bacon for the win!! @fsuhoops upsets #13 Virginia 69-62 thanks to a big game from Dwayne Bacon (18 pts | 9 reb). pic.twitter.com/IP7Ecxmzel
— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) January 18, 2016
Virginia could have overcome the stylistic differences in the game but missed far too many shots to have a realistic shot to win against a talented and athletic FSU team. The Noles like to get out and run and usually play games in the 70’s and 80’s, and Virginia’s urgency to overcome a second half deficit kept the game moving closer to their liking — the game’s 66 possessions is well above Virginia’s average. This was a good win for Florida State, especially with a tough road trip to Louisville coming up on Wednesday.
The Wahoos are now 0-3 on the road in ACC play with all three losses coming in the last four games. Virginia might fall from the top 20 in the polls, but what happens to their ranking on Monday is much less important than what happens on Tuesday when a white-hot Clemson team comes to John Paul Jones Arena. Virginia did a good job responding at home against Miami after losing two straight this past week and needs to do it again to avoid dropping four of five for the first time since 2012.