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FSU basketball falls in latest ESPN bracketology

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Despite a win over No. 12 UNC, the Seminoles are lower in Joe Lunardi’s latest projected field.

NCAA Basketball: North Carolina at Florida State Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

After a week which saw the Florida State basketball team take No. 4 Duke to the limit in a 100-93 loss in Durham Saturday and then knock off No. 12 North Carolina 81-80 last night in Tallahassee, the Seminoles’ NCAA Tournament standing has taken a hit in Joe Lunardi’s latest bracketology for ESPN which was released Thursday.

A six-seed a week ago, FSU now sits as the seventh seed in the South Region in this week’s bracketology. In this scenario, FSU’s first-round matchup would be against 10th-seeded St. Mary’s in Detroit. Should the Seminoles win that one, their second-round game would be against the winner of No. 2 seed Xavier and No. 15 Robert Morris, giving FSU a chance at revenge for losing to the Musketeers as the higher seed in the second round of last year’s NCAA Tournament.

Although the ’Noles are trending downwards in Lunardi’s latest field of 68, their projected chances to make the NCAA Tournament are on the rise. TeamRankings.com had FSU’s chances to make it at 67% before last night’s win and they now sit at 80.4%.

FSU’s tough schedule carries on over the next week as the Seminoles will take on No. 15 Miami on the road on Sunday before returning home to face a talented Louisville team next Wednesday night.