Florida State's recent pattern held true once again Saturday in Winstom-Salem, N.C.
We kind of embarrassed ourselves," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said.
Which means that the Seminoles were due to suffer another lopsided loss.
Thanks to cold shooting, weak rebounding and a strong performance from their opponents, the Seminoles found themselves on the receiving end of a 71-46 blow out at Wake Forest.
“This is probably as disappointing a performance as we've ever had since we've been at Florida State,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “Even when we weren't very good (in years past), I always thought we gave tremendous effort.
“This team is having a hard time staying focused. I hope that we haven't forgotten how to coach them again, but the same words that have motivated teams in the past do not seem to work with this one.”
After alternating close victories and not-so-close defeats for the past two weeks, FSU (13-10, 5-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) had hoped that Wednesday's buzzer-beating win at Georgia Tech would propel the Seminoles to a little bit of sustained momentum. Not to mention a little breathing room above .500 before No. 8 Miami visits Tallahassee on Wednesday.
Instead, FSU was outclassed virtually from the opening tip.
Freshman Codi Miller-McIntyre sparked the Demon Deacons (11-12, 4-7 ACC) to a 7-2 run to start the game, and Wake extended that advantage to 23-12 late in the first half.
Miller-Mcintyre had 14 points in just 23 minutes.
The veteran pair struck for 13 points each, but no other Seminole had more than eight and two of FSU's starters – Terry Whisnant and Montay Brandon – combined for just three.
“We kind of embarrassed ourselves,” Hamilton said. “I'm so disappointed with our inability to stick with the game plan, execute the things that we've worked on that we knew would be successful. I don't want to take anything away from Wake Forest. I thought they – by far – did a better job of executing.”
The Seminoles finished the game a paltry 14-of-43 (32.6 percent) from the field and could rarely get a rebound for all those misses. FSU mustered just four offensive rebounds (against 12 for Wake Forest) and were outrebounded 44-24.
“We seem to go from playing well to not playing bad – playing awful,” Hamilton said. “There's no in-between with this team. I can't point to any one area, but when you get outrebounded by 20 rebounds, there's no effort.”