The Florida State Seminoles have to win the ACC Tournament in order to earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Today’s game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack was merely preparation for the conference tournament next week. Florida State can also play the role as “bubble buster” for any team that sits on the bubble in regards to making the “big dance.” N.C. State may actually be a bubble team.
Earlier today, Florida State beat N.C. State, 71-67. For the most part, both teams had similar statistics. What made a difference in this game were the free throws. N.C. State made 21 of their 33 free throws, while Florida State made 22 of their 29 free throws. In his final regular season game for N.C. State, Scott Wood led his team in scoring with 18 points. Richard Howell added 10 points and nine rebounds, along with Lorenzo Brown chipping in 14 points and eight assists. Florida State had two players in double figures, Michael Snaer and Devon Bookert. Snaer had 17 points and two rebounds and Bookert finished the game with 18 points and three assists.
Unlike Florida State’s previous game, Snaer did not hit a game-winning shot against N.C. State. However, he did manage to help seal his opponent’s fate with an uncontested dunk with 32 seconds left in the game. This victory may possibly be a deciding factor that eliminates N.C. State from earning a bid to March Madness. If Florida State, Maryland or Virginia win the ACC Tournament, then N.C. State may be looking at a postseason in the NIT. In a week, many of these teams will know whether they will have a chance to win a national championship.