Are the Florida State Seminoles an NCAA Tournament Team?

By Paul Seaver
Joshua S. Kelly-USA Today Sports

A season ago, Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton led the Seminoles on a run within the ACC tournament, winning their first such title in school history.

Now in 2013, FSU faces the uncertainty of dancing come this March. At 11-8 overall and 3-3 within the conference, the numbers and overall resume for the Seminoles do not automatically jump out at the committee.

With that being said however, there may not be any bigger week for Florida State than the one that they are staring down as of Jan. 28. After being routed on the road at Miami (FL) on Sunday evening, the Seminoles must now re-group and the good news is that they get to do so at home.

Both Maryland and Duke will pay Florida State a visit this week, presenting a pair of must-win situations for the Seminoles.

Florida State is just 1-3 over their past four games, so that just makes this week all the much more important. In the non-conference portion of the schedule, the Seminoles’ best overall wins overall are against St. Joseph’s, Charlotte and BYU, while a pair of questionable losses to both Mercer and South Alabama are not helping.

With the Terps and Blue Devils in town this week, Florida State has the opportunity to gain some momentum moving forward, not to mention bolster their resume, especially in the game against Duke.

The production of senior guard Michael Snaer will be crucial down the stretch, but he can’t be expected to carry the load. A more overall balanced approach is what the Seminoles need and figuring things out this week may undoubtedly be crucial in their pursuit of a bid come March.


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