Bubble Watch: Florida State Basketball Wins, Must Beat Virginia

By Josh Paulisin
Florida State vs. Maryland
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At this point, Florida State will take it.

It wasn’t easy, but No. 9 seed Florida State defeated No. 8 seed Maryland 67-65 in the second round of the ACC conference tournament. Boris Bojanovsky put the Seminoles up with 0.4 seconds left with a dunk that sealed the deal. Bojanovsky came off the bench for the Seminoles and gave them a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Ian Miller led the scoring for Florida State with 17 points.

On the other side, Maryland was led by a pair of 18-point scorers in Dez Wells and Seth Allen. However, the duo couldn’t put the Terrapins over the hump. Despite the win, Florida State still has a lot of work to do to get on the right side of the bubble come Selection Sunday. With only three wins over RPI Top 50 teams, the Seminoles will likely have to win their next game against ACC regular season champ Virginia and possibly one more.

When looking back on the schedule, close losses to Michigan and Florida have come back to haunt the Seminoles. In the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament, Michigan squeaked by Florida State 82-80 in overtime in a game where the Seminoles led by as many as 16 points in the second half.

Exactly one week later, Florida State had now-No.1 Florida on the ropes, but couldn’t get over the hump in a 67-66 loss in Gainesville, FL. If the Seminoles would have won at least one of those games, they would be on the right side of the bubble. But now, Florida State must take down Virginia in a game that will decide whether or not they will be dancing come Sunday.

Josh Paulisin is a College Basketball Writer for RantSports. He is also an NHL Contributor. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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