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ACC Tournament 2017: Florida State Preview

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The Seminoles were perfect at home this season. How does that success translate going forward?

NCAA Basketball: Miami at Florida State Glenn Beil-USA TODAY Sports

Florida State Seminoles

Overall Record: 24-7

Conference Record: 12-6

Best wins: Florida (83-78), @ UVA (60-58), Duke (88-72), Louisville (73-68)

Worst losses: @ Pitt (80-66), @ Georgia Tech (78-56), @ Syracuse (82-72), Temple (89-86)

Key Players: Dwayne Bacon, Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Jonathan Isaac

Chance of making the NCAA Tournament: Locked up

Florida State had a bit of a strange season. They had a number of really strong wins, beating some of the best teams in the conference. They also had some fairly inexplicable losses, like dropping a game against Temple early on.

Despite that, the Seminoles finished tied for second place in the ACC. With three scorers averaging double digit points per game, Florida State is definitely a dangerous team. They didn’t lose at home all season. Can they take that success away from Tallahassee?

With six wins against teams in the Top 25 RPI (most in the country), Florida State definitely has the capacity to make a deep run through the tournament. Boasting two players north of 7 feet is a pretty good way of having an advantage down low.

Thanks to their strong season and ACC tiebreakers, the Seminoles were able to grab the 2 seed in this week’s ACC Tournament. Should they win the whole thing, they should be in good shape to be highly seeded when the NCAA Tournament begins.

Joe Lunardi presently has the Seminoles as a 3 seed in the East region. That might be their ceiling unless a lot happens with the projected 1 and 2 seeds going forward. The Seminoles might be able to sneak into a 2 seed if everything ahead of them broke the right way.

UNC got the best of Florida State when the two teams met in Chapel Hill earlier this season. Hopefully they could find similar success if the two teams were forced to meet again with higher stakes in postseason play.