Florida State Men's Basketball had a fantastic showing this past week, picking up some much needed victories and completing an upset in the process. Here's what has happened in FSU Basketball news since last Tuesday
Last week's games:
Florida State played two games this past week and were victorious in both. On Wednesday they traveled to Raleigh, North Carolina to take on the NC State Wolfpack. Led by Malik Beasley's 22 points and nine rebounds, FSU was able to hold off a late NC State rally and win their first ACC game after a final score of 85-78.
The 'Noles returned home on Sunday to face #13 Virginia and the crowd of 9,158 home happy. After a very slow start by both teams, Florida State headed into the locker room down by three after a three-point buzzer beater by Malik Beasley; his first made shot after five misses. FSU came out of the second half looking like a whole new team. They began the half on a 9-2 run and slowly pulled away thanks to Beasley who had 15 second half points in a 69-62 win by the Seminoles.
Florida State target Udoka Azubuike was supposed to announce his commitment over the weekend, however delayed it for the second time. He is currently deciding between FSU, Kansas and UNC with 24/7 giving Kansas the edge.
Current five-star commit Jonathan Isaac was selected to participate in the Jordan Brand Classic All-American game which will take place this April. Current 'Noles Dwayne Bacon and Malik Beasley participated in the Jordan Brand Classic last year. Azubuike was also selected to take part in the game.
Four-star Florida State commit C.J. Walker had a team leading 23 points with three assists, three steals and a block in his high school's (Indianapolis Arsenal Technical) victory this past Friday.
How Florida State's opponents fared:
The 'Noles got some help from the teams they previously faced which will help their strength of schedule come March Madness. Clemson once again beat very good opponents in Duke and Miami, improving to 6-1 in ACC play. VCU is now a perfect 5-0 in the A10 following their victory over Richmond this past Saturday.
Iowa had arguably the best week for both them and FSU as they defeated Michigan State in Lansing by 17 points before returning home for an 11 point win over Michigan. On a lesser note, Jacksonville University had two wins this past week while Charleston Southern picked up their seventh victory of the season.
ACC and NCAA seeding update:
FSU now sits at 2-3 in ACC play, putting them tied for tenth in the ACC standings with Virginia. They are currently three games behind UNC who sit atop at 5-0. The 80.2 points per game average by Florida State ranks fifth in the conference, however, their 72.9 opponent point per game average is second worst.
Jerry Palm of CBS Sports has Florida State included in his last four in list, taking on Alabama in a first four matchup. Joe Lunardi of ESPN has FSU first on his next four out list behind LSU, Clemson, Vanderbilt and Saint Joesph's.
Next week's opponents:
Once again, Florida State takes on two ACC opponents this week. They will first travel to #17 Louisville (14-3 3-1) who is coming off a loss prior in the week on the road at Clemson before their victory against #20 Pittsburgh on Saturday. Speaking of Pittsburgh (15-2 4-1), they will be the Seminole's opponent on Saturday in Tallahassee. Prior to today, Florida State and Pittsburgh have not played any of the same ACC opponents. Consider it a victory if the 'Noles come out this week with at least one win.
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