Seminole Sunday Sauce — Jan. 16, 2022: FSU Hoops Owns ACC’s Longest Current Winning Streak
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Seminole Sunday Sauce — Jan. 16, 2022: FSU Hoops Owns ACC’s Longest Current Winning Streak

After a tough start to the season, Florida State basketball may finally be turning a corner. The Seminoles are on a 3-game winning streak, which is the longest active streak in the ACC.

The streak started with FSU handing two teams their first ACC losses of the season. FSU topped Louisville last weekend behind Caleb Mills’ career-high tying 27 points before beating Miami in a thriller on Tuesday, 65-64.

The Seminoles trailed for more than 32 minutes in that one before a Malik Osborne 3-pointer gave them a 63-61 lead. Off an offensive rebounds, Miami’s Charlie Moore was able to put the Hurricanes back in front with a trey of his own with seven seconds remaining. With less than a second to play, RayQuan Evans was able to draw a foul on a drive to the basket. He hit both free throws to give FSU the 1-point win.

Evans again delivered the daggers from the line on Saturday in a 76-71 win at Syracuse. Mills paced FSU with 19 points as the Seminoles crawled out of a 10-point first half hole and led by as many as seven in the second half. Syracuse had a chance to win it late, but Jimmy Boeheim’s turnaround was left short and FSU got an easy dunk from Matthew Cleveland before Evans’ steal and free throws put the game away.

Saturday’s victory avenged an early-season 63-60 loss to the Orange in which Syracuse ended FSU’s 25-game home conference winning streak. With Virginia Tech’s win over Notre Dame on Saturday, FSU’s 3-game winning streak is the current longest in the conference.

Mills has averaged nearly 17 points per game for FSU during the winning streak. Cleveland has averaged just shy of 14 points during the streak. After not scoring in double figures since the season opener, Evans put up 11 points against Miami and 15 against the Orange on Saturday.

At 10-5 overall and 4-2 in ACC play, the Seminoles are currently tied for fourth in the conference. They’ll have a chance to move up with some big games this week. After hosting Duke on Tuesday night, FSU will visit Miami next weekend. In between is a rescheduled contest with North Florida.

Football

Weekly Commitments: None
Weekly Decommitments: None
2022 Recruiting Class Ranking*: No. 14 nationally, second in ACC (16 total commitments)*
Big Picture: Considering how loud FSU has been via the transfer portal, it was a quiet week for the Seminoles. They did add former West Virginia wide receiver Winston Wright Jr. last Sunday.

Men’s Basketball

Record: 10-5 (4-2 ACC)
Ranking: N/A
Past Week: (2-0), beat Miami on Tuesday, 65-64; topped Syracuse on Saturday, 76-71
Upcoming: vs. Duke (Tuesday); vs. North Florida (Thursday); at Miami (Saturday)
Recognitions: None
Weekly Commitments: None
Weekly Decommitments: None
2022 Recruiting Class Ranking*: No. 22 nationally, seventh in ACC (6 total commitments)*
Big Picture: FSU now owns the longest active winning streak in the ACC. The Seminoles have a big week with three contests upcoming.

Women’s Basketball

Record: 7-7 (1-3 ACC)
Ranking: N/A
Past Week: beat Wake Forest on Sunday, 87-46; lost at Georgia Tech on Thursday, 68-64
Upcoming: at Clemson (Tuesday); vs. Miami (Thursday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: After blasting Wake Forest, FSU missed a huge opportunity for a signature win, dropping a heartbreaker at Georgia Tech.

Men’s Tennis

Record: 1-0
Ranking: N/A
Past Week: (1-0), beat North Florida on Friday, 6-1
Upcoming: vs. Georgia Southern (Sunday); vs. South Alabama (Friday); vs. Samford (Friday); vs. Stetson (Saturday);
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: After a disappointing 2021, FSU began the season on the right foot.

Women’s Tennis

Record: 0-0
Ranking: No. 15 ITA
Past Week: Participated in USD Invitational on Friday
Upcoming: vs. Mercer (Jan. 23)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU kicked off the fall season in San Diego this week. The Seminoles will play their home opener in one week.

Track and Field

Ranking: N/A
Past Week: Participated in Clemson Invite on Friday and Saturday
Upcoming: Bob Pollock Meet (Jan. 28)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU had a strong showing in Clemson this weekend with four victories and 11 personal bests.

Swimming and Diving

Ranking: Men No. 18 CCSAA
Past Week: Idle
Upcoming: vs. Tampa (Jan. 28)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: Another meet was canceled due to COVID-19 protocols. FSU is set to host Tampa in less than two weeks.

*Rankings according to 247Sports Composite

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Mike Ferguson is the lead writer for Double Fries No Slaw and has more than 10 years of experience in online and print journalism. Mike graduated from Florida State University in 2009 and has had his work featured at numerous prominent publications such as Fox Sports, the Associated Press, Athlon Sports, Yahoo Sports and Sports Illustrated among others. Prior to joining Double Fries No Slaw, Mike was the founder and editor of The Daily Nole. He also serves as the managing editor for Fifth Quarter and is a contributor for Athlon Sports, Fish Stripes and Orlando Pinstriped Post. Mike and his wife Jennifer reside in Haines City, Fla. and have two daughters.

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