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A look ahead: Projecting FSU in the ACC Tournament

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With less than three weeks remaining in the season, the ACC Tournament picture is slowly starting to take shape. Barring a late collapse, it looks as though Duke, Virginia and North Carolina will take the top three seeds in the tournament.

From there, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Florida State and Syracuse are all battling for the four seed which results in a double-bye to open the ACC Tournament.

The good news for Florida State is they hold the head-to-head tie-breakers over both Syracuse and Louisville. The Seminoles also host Virginia Tech in their home finale at the T-L-C Double C. Should Florida State take care of business in that game, it puts them in prime position to end up with the four seed.

Of note, the Tribe’s final stretch sets up much more favorably than the others. Outside of a trip to the Dean Dome to face UNC this weekend, the remaining opponents on Florida State’s schedule are just a combined 25-37 in league play.

Virginia Tech is set to host both Duke and Virginia within the next week. As noted earlier, the Hokies must travel to Tallahassee for a showdown with the Seminoles early in March.

Louisville’s final stretch will be no walk in the park. The Cardinals’ still have road games at Syracuse and Virginia. They will also host the Cavaliers to end the season.

Syracuse may have the most daunting finish of anyone left in league play. The Orange will host Louisville Wednesday evening before welcoming in Duke this weekend. Things get no easier from there as the Orange still travel to UNC and host UVA in their final stretch.

While the Seminoles will likely be an underdog in both games this week at both Clemson and North Carolina, stealing one or even both games is not out of the question. The more likely of the two would be a victory Tuesday night at Little John Coliseum. Should the ‘Noles split this week, they will enter their final stretch at 21-6 (9-5) before their final four games, all of which they should be favored in.

Looking beyond the ACC Tournament, the Seminoles are currently projected as a six seed in the NCAA Tournament according to BracketMatrix.com. While Florida State is now considered safely in the dance, piling up wins down the stretch will only help their seeding.

The Seminoles and Tigers will tip-off at 9:00 P.M. Tuesday evening in Clemson, SC. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.


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