by Ray Floriani
LYNDHURST, NJ - To quote a Seventies rock song, ‘another one bites the dust’. Florida State eliminated two seed Notre Dame with a convincing 71-57 victory. The Seminoles advance to the sweet 16 to face VCU. The numbers:
* The Fighting Irish had another impressive TO rate, 13%. That was about it for the positives. Florida State played the role of aggressor, putting together some impressive ‘Notre Dame-like’ offensive numbers. The Seminoles’ eFG percentage was 55%. Interestingly Leonard Hamilton’s group shot better from three (47%) than two (45%) point range. Notre Dame struggled to find the mark anywhere. They shot 31% on the game. Tim Abromaitis (21) and Ben Hansbrough (18) put points on the board but were a combined 13 of 31 (42%) from the field. No one else on Mike Brey’s club stepped up. Nor did they have an answer for Florida State’s junior forward Bernard James, who turned in an impressive 14 point, 10 rebound, 3 block effort.