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FSU basketball trending downward in latest NCAA Tournament projections

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 Two straight losses have hurt the Seminoles’ tourney chances.

NCAA Basketball: Florida State at Clemson Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

FSU’s road struggles continue to hurt its chances at earning a bid for the NCAA Tournament.

Following a disappointing 92-72 road loss to NC State, the Seminoles’ road struggles continued with Clemson as they fell to the Tigers 76-63 in Littlejohn Coliseum. As a result, it is no surprise that this lackluster stretch of play has hurt Florida State (19-10), which now has an 8-9 record in conference play.

According to ESPN analyst Joe Lunardi, FSU is presently a 9-seed in the tournament’s Midwest region, facing 8-seed Butler in the first round. Pending a win, the ’Noles would then most likely face 1-seed Kansas, which would certainly be a difficult matchup, as that region’s Wichita venue is only two and a half hours away from the University of Kansas, thus potentially giving the Jayhawks a massive home-court advantage.

Likewise, the Seminoles remain as a 9-seed on BracketMatrix.com; the good news: they are included in 69/70 brackets surveyed.

On the other hand, TeamRankings.com’s projection for Florida State differs, as they predict that the ‘Noles are most likely to earn a 10-seed in the tournament. Following FSU’s loss against Clemson, the site now gives the garnet and gold a 50.8% chance of making the big dance, down significantly from last week when they were given a 74.9% chance of earning a bid.

Going forward, the Seminoles will face Boston College at home on Saturday in their final game of the season. On its senior day, Florida State will need to secure a win if it wants its best chance at dancing in March.