1st Half analysis: FSU smothering Jared Sullinger
It is clear FSU is focusing on not letting Jared Sullinger beat them in the paint. So far, he is only 1-4 from the field, with several of his shots coming from offensive rebounds, not from the flow of the offense.
FSU is doubling Sullinger every time he catches the ball and often shadowing a man toward him before he catches the ball. This is making it tough for Sullinger to get open and be dangerous when he does catch the ball.
In the first clip, we see three FSU players with an eye on Sullinger when he catches the ball. The baseline is cut off and Chris Singleton is taking away the middle.
FSU brings the hard double and forces Sullinger to kick out to Jon Diebler. Singleton closes out on Diebler, taking away the three point shot.
Diebler re-enters the pass to Sullinger but he is again double teamed. He draws the foul but FSU is happy with this possession because Sullinger does not get an easy dunk or layup.
Here is a second example of how FSU is making it difficult for Sullinger in the post. Look at how Singleton is shading off of Thomas, with almost all his attention on Sullinger.
When Sullinger does get the ball in the post, he gets a double team from the weakside and a dig from Singleton. Singleton is not worried about Thomas from the perimeter, so he is free to hound Sullinger.
Sullinger forces a tough shot here and FSU is ecstatic. There are a few players open but Sullinger has not shown this game that he is able to see the court and pass out of the post. Great defensive possession by FSU.