All the Florida State Seminoles had to do Monday night was win at home over a Miami Hurricanes team that started the evening with an 11-12 overall record and a terrible 2-8 ACC mark. Simple, right? As a famous former Florida State quarterback says on fall Saturday mornings, “Not so fast, my friend!”
Florida State saw its hopes for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament go up in smoke Monday with a 77-73 loss to the Hurricanes in Tallahassee. The Seminoles fell behind by eight points at the half and never recovered, spending the latter portion of the game fouling at will but unable to catch Miami. The Hurricanes (12-12, 3-8) 24-for-33 from the line (73 percent). Florida State’s inability to win this home game dropped the Seminoles to 14-10 and 5-7 in the conference.
The 10 overall losses are a red flag for the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee, given the Seminoles’ best wins this season are over VCU and Massachusetts. The only perhaps notable win Florida State has picked up in the ACC was a road win at Clemson, but any positive effects from that were erased when the Seminoles dropped their home game to the Tigers. Florida State has also won by 10 points earlier this season at Miami, fueling feelings that Monday’s game should have been yet another in the W column.
However, with Monday’s loss, the Seminoles have now lost five of their last six ACC games, and the only win in that stretch does Florida State no good at all with the Selection Committee, since it was a 20-point blowout of a Virginia Tech (8-15, 1-10) team that is on a collision course with a last-place finish in the 15-team ACC. The Seminoles do have games remaining in the regular season with Syracuse, Pittsburgh and North Carolina, but if they can’t beat Miami at home, there’s no reason to think Florida State is going to get a season-saving victory from any of those games, either.