After watching the Duke-Maryland game last night, and the North Carolina-NC State game while writing this, I was wondering which teams FSU fans should be rooting for in various games throughout the season. As a casual college hoops fan, I’m relatively naïve about the seeding process for the tournament, which I assume we will make (barring a meltdown – which also would not surprise me). Essentially, I’m hoping to spark a discussion similar to what you see during football season, where we know FSU would have benefited by Clemson or Wake Forest losses.
If I’m not mistaken, FSU’s rpi, standing in the regular ACC season, and finish in the ACC championship affect the seeding process for the tournament (please correct me if this is wrong). So, should we be rooting for teams like Duke and UNC to dominate the rest of the ACC to make our wins look even more impressive, or should we be rooting against them so they do not challenge us in the regular ACC season standings, thus giving them poorer seeding in the ACC tournament?
Lastly, what teams (more than others) in the top-25 should we hope drop some games? What general scenarios will allow FSU to drop a few games here and there, but still provide for favorable seeding in the NCAA tournament? Although it is a long way off, if TN can share some information on this process, it will give some more context to these other games.
OT: Although I’ve read TN for a long time, I just created an account so that I can join in this community’s great discussions. As a recent FSU alum, I greatly appreciate the incredible insight this community provides to all things Seminoles. Thanks TN for giving me something to read during class; otherwise, I would never survive law school.