ESPN’s latest Bracketology projects FSU Basketball as #3 seed

Joe Lunardi of ESPN has released his latest edition of Bracketology. In his bracket, he has Florida State (19-3, 9-2 ACC) taking on Little Rock (17-7, 11-2) in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Seminoles are projected to enter the field as a #3 seed, while Little Rock comes in as the #14 seed.

If this were the real tournament seeding, the Seminoles would be paired in the South Region. This would be the first time in four years Leonard Hamilton and the Seminoles were not chosen to play in the West Region.

However, don’t worry local ‘Noles fans. In this scenario, the Seminoles would play their first two games in nearby Tampa. This would give the entire state of Florida an opportunity to make the drive to cheer on the team.

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Florida State is one of only three ACC teams included in Lunardi’s bracket. Duke (18-3, 8-2 ACC) and Louisville (19-3, 10-1 ACC) are the other two ACC teams, both of which are projected to be #2 seeds. The ‘Noles gave Louisville its only conference loss back on January 4th, defeating the Cardinals 78-65. Duke and Florida State will meet for the first and only time this season on Monday, February 10th, at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The 2016-2017 season was the last time the ‘Noles entered the tournament with a seed as high as #3. The Seminoles started their tournament run by defeating Florida Gulf Coast in the first round, 86-80. However, the team would go on to be upset by Xavier in the second round, 91-66.

The Seminoles have six scholarship players on their current roster with previous NCAA tournament experience. Senior, Trent Forrest, claims the most experience of them all. Forrest came off the bench for the 2016-2017 team, and has since started point guard on the previous two teams, who each made runs into the second weekend. Forrest is averaging 11.4 points, 4.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game. He has appeared in all 22 games and leads the team in minutes at 32.2 per game.

FSU is next in action this Saturday, February 8th, at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, where they try to earn their 20th win of the season. They will look to sweep the season series against their in-state rivals, the Miami Hurricanes. The Seminoles have won four straight contests against the Canes, including the most recent meeting on January 18th, where the ‘Noles prevailed 83-79 in overtime. The game will begin at 12 p.m and be televised on the ACC Network.

You can find Lunardi’s full Bracketology here.

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