Lots to get to, so let’s get going. First up: Big Monday Basketball results.
FSU uses late rally to defeat Notre Dame, 68-61
Back on its home floor, Florida State responded to Saturday’s loss at UNC with a come-from-behind-late win over Notre Dame, 68-61. This wasn’t the cleanest game for FSU, which turned the ball over 14 times (21.5 percent turnover rate), many of the live-ball variety, and made just six 3-pointers.
Florida State made several key plays down the stretch and hit some clutch free throws — outscoring Notre Dame by 12 points over the final 10 minutes. The Seminoles also continue to get nice production from freshman Devin Vassell.
Watch it: Devin Vassell talks after leading #FSU in points (13) and rebounds (6) in the comeback victory over Notre Damehttps://t.co/POi4Sa3fV8
— Curt Weiler (@CurtMWeiler) February 26, 2019
FSU (10-5 ACC, in contention for a fourth place finish) is now off until Saturday when NC State comes to town. Notre Dame (3-12, on the other hand, has now lost four games in a row — all by eight or fewer points.
Tuesday Night Hoops Schedule
- No. 3 Duke at No. 20 Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
- Note: No Zion Williamson tonight
- Miami at Wake Forest, 7 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
- Syracuse at No. 5 North Carolina (ACC Network Extra)
#UNC can lock up a double-bye in the ACC Tournament with a win over Syracuse on Tuesday. Game preview: https://t.co/Dbv0tM1f7p
— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) February 26, 2019
Quick Bracket update, too:
Today's @ESPNLunardi NCAA Bracketology
(9 ACC bids)
Duke/UVa-1 seeds (with Gonzaga, Kentucky)
NC State-11 ("Last Four Byes")
Clemson-12 ("Last Four In")
NOTE: ACC record for most NCAA bids = 9, in both 2017 & 2018.
— David Glenn Show (@DavidGlennShow) February 26, 2019
Luke Maye named ACC Player of the Week; Barrett get rookie honors
The ACC handed out its weekly honors on Monday and Tobacco Road claimed both. After notching two double-doubles in victories over top-25 teams, Luke Maye was again named ACC Player of the Week. RJ Barrett played all 80 possible minutes in Duke’s two games last week; over those two outings, he averaged, 31.5 points (59.5 FG%, 5.5 FTA), nine rebounds and 5.5 assists. For his efforts, Barrett was again named ACC Rookie of the Week.
RJ Barrett at Syracuse: 30 points (6-6 FGA at the rim, 7-8 FGA on cuts) and 7 assists, which led to 4 3-pointers (4 of AOC's 5 3s) and 2 dunks. pic.twitter.com/UH54cTtOkO
— Brian Geisinger (@bgeis_bird) February 25, 2019
NC State lands 2020 DT Jaylen Smith
NC State football landed its third 2020 commitment: in-state defensive tackle Jaylen Smith, a 3-star prospect and one of the top 25 players in the the state of North Carolina. Smith had one another FBS offer: Wake Forest.
Jaylen Smith excited about being part of Wolfpack Nation https://t.co/ojUioE2RCB.
— The Wolfpacker (@TheWolfpacker) February 25, 2019