Florida State Seminoles are Most Surprising Team in College Basketball

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The Florida State Seminoles were defeated by the No. 15 Florida Gators 67 – 66 after a potential last second buzzer beater bounced off the back of the rim, crushing the Seminoles’ hopes of an upset. This loss brings Florida State to a record of 5 – 2 and sets them up for an unexpected run to the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

At the beginning of the 2013-14 college basketball season, the Florida State Seminoles were picked to finish ninth in the ACC. That’s behind teams like the Boston College Eagles, the Maryland Terrapins and the Virginia Cavaliers. Ninth place would mean that they would end up nowhere near the NCAA Tournament once March rolls around.

However, The Seminoles are a lot more dangerous than anyone could have predicted. After defeating the then No. 10 VCU Rams, Florida State is three total points from having an undefeated season. In their loss to the No. 14 Michigan Wolverines, they lost by two points in overtime; in the loss to Florida, they lost by one. Eventually, their luck will change.

Florida State has not had an easy schedule, and yet they have still had success. They fight to win big games and give a complete effort even when losing. The Duke Blue Devils and Syracuse Orange may have a lock on first and second place in the ACC, but Florida State could easily sneak into third or fourth place in the conference.

If the Seminoles can continue to play as focused and confident as they have through the first seven games of the season, a trip to the 2014 NCAA Tournament is definitely in Florida State’s future.

Taylor Sturm is a SEC Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS or add him to your network on Google

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