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FSU basketball shown serious disrespect by national media members

And this time, it’s unwarranted.

NCAA Basketball: Louisville at Florida State
Dwayne Bacon
Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida State men’s basketball program has rarely been a media darling. And usually, that’s been more than fine, as the Seminoles haven’t made the NCAA Tournament for approaching half a decade. Still, even when the ‘Noles were consistently showing up in the dance, they didn’t exactly receive much glowing coverage. And that was understandable too, as they played a slow, sloppy brand of basketball that was far from friendly on the eyes— even if it proved effective.

But most of that has changed. FSU is now deep, long, and talented, and plays an up-tempo game that has led to an 18-2 record and a top-10 ranking in the AP Poll. Along the way, the ‘Noles have posted a nation’s best 9-1 mark against RPI top-50 teams, en route to a top-5 RPI ranking. And, of course, Florida State recently finished a six-game stretch against ranked teams with a 5-1 record.

What hasn’t changed? The slight directed at Tallahassee hoops from some on the national stage who aren’t giving the Seminoles much credit. At all.’s Luke Winn recently ranked the 16 teams he feels are most likely to win this year’s national championship, and noticeably absent was FSU. Who did make the cut? Duke, Louisville, and Notre Dame, all of whom the ‘Noles have beaten this season and are ranked below Florida State in the AP Poll (full disclosure: Winn’s piece was published before FSU’s win over Louisville, but still after it beat Duke and ND).

The slights don’t stop there. CBS Sports’ Seth Davis shared his latest AP ballot on Sunday night, and even though the Seminoles went 2-0 over the last week against a pair of top-15 opponents in the Irish and the Cardinals, Davis has ND at No. 9 and FSU at No. 10. Translation: despite a great week for the ‘Noles, he doesn’t think they should move up a single spot in the AP rankings— and should be slotted behind a Notre Dame team they just vanquished.

Why? Per Davis, because Florida State won by just three, and at home. FSU basketball has had plenty of problems over the years, and now that it’s tied atop the ACC, it’s found another: beating elite opponents, which, evidently, is not enough for some. But congrats to the Irish, Cards, and Blue Devils on their quality losses in Tallahassee.