UMass finally gave into the defensive pressure of Florida State. That said, it took the Seminoles over 20 minutes of game action to finally suffocate the Minutemen with their world class defense.
It’s hard to stomach a loss, especially when it comes against a top ranked team, and in a game that UMass hung tight for nearly a full half.
On that note; these videos clearly illustrate just how closely the Minutemen played a top 20 team for 18 minutes. What ended up being a 20 point loss could actually be a “good sign” for the team going forward. It’s tough to have that mindset, but it really could be the case. It depends how the team uses this loss. I know last year’s team would crawl into a corner and go on a multi-game slide. Hopefully that isn’t the case for the 2011-12 squad.
To the videos…
As I re-watched the first half this morning, I realized just how many positives there were to take away from this game. If UMass can put together two wins and take 3rd place in the inaugural Battle 4 Atlantis — the trip will be a success. Anything less will be a total disappointment.
I will pull some video highlights from tonight’s game against Utah. Look for them Saturday.