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Noles News: Florida State advances in March Madness

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It wasn’t always easy but the Florida State basketball team overcame some adversity in the form of stiff competition from Florida Gulf Coast to survive and advance in Thursday night’s first round game of the NCAA Tournament.

In the win, Dwayne Bacon, who led the Seminoles with 25 points, had a monster dunk which made its way around the internet.

Speaking of Bacon, the CBS Sports pregame show put together an interesting package on Bacon and some of his biggest fans at FSU who have come to be known as the Bacon Boys.


Jared Shanker of ESPN caped up for one of Florida State’s early enrollees in a discussion of the ACC freshman which the ESPN ACC writers are most excited to watch this spring.

Jared Shanker: Florida State RB Cam Akers

I posted a picture to Twitter last week of Akers in his new No. 3 jersey and about half of the replies were to inform me I accidentally misidentified Derwin James. But the picture was of the true freshman Akers, who tips the scales at 213 pounds already. Coach Jimbo Fisher said after three spring practices that Akers and the rest of the early enrollees look the part of elite Power 5 players.

Junior Jacques Patrick is talented, but so was former five-star running back Karlos Williams. Yet, by the end of the 2014 season, it was true freshman Dalvin Cook who was getting the bulk of the team’s carries. If I’m being asked who I’m picking at Florida State to finish with the most rushing yards in 2017, I’ll put my money on Akers.

Florida State defensive tackle signee Cory Durden has been making strides to get into better shape before he arrives in Tallahassee this summer and he shared his results on Twitter.


Brevin Jordan, a four-star 2018 tight end target, received his offer from Florida State on Thursday.


In FSU football alumni news, former signal caller E.J. Manuel found a new home in free agency on Thursday.

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The Florida State women’s basketball team kicks off its NCAA Tournament run on Friday in Tallahassee. In an effort to maximize the crowd, admission will be free for FSU students.