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FSU basketball makes the 2018 NCAA Tournament as 9-seed vs. Missouri

Garnet, gold— and dancing.

NCAA Basketball: ACC Conference Tournament-Florida State vs Louisville Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports

Update: At-large bids are being announced alphabetically this year, so while we don’t know their seed or region, we do now know that the Seminoles have earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year. We’ll update this later today when we have more specifics.

Specifics: FSU has earned a 9-seed in the West region and will open play on Friday at 9:50 pm against 8-seed Missouri in Nashville. If Florida State wins, it’ll play on Sunday, likely vs. 1-seed Xavier, the team that knocked the Seminoles out of last year’s tourney.

Well gang, it’s time. It was a season that began with justifiable doubt as to the Seminoles’ chances of securing a second-straight NCAA Tournament bid. Those hopes then ballooned following a solid non-conference performance. And FSU spent a good part of its ACC slate well-positioned to snag an invitation to the Big Dance before somewhat limping to the finish line.

Now, here we are. It all comes down to one day, one committee, and one announcement, with regard to whether or not the ’Noles will be playing in the NCAA Tourney or the NIT. We’ll update this piece as soon as we have details about the Seminoles’ postseason destination, but for now, let’s look back at the most recent projections.

  • ESPN (Joe Lunardi): Florida State spent two days as a 10-seed, before dropping to an 11-seed on Saturday. As of Sunday, FSU is trending in the right direction, back up to a 10-seed. Lunardi has the Seminoles as the first of the last four byes, with seven teams separating the ’Noles from missing the cut. As of now, he has Florida State playing 7-seed Nevada in the Midwest region’s Detroit venue, with the most likely second-round opponent being 2-seed Purdue.
  • Jerry Palm of CBS Sports has FSU comfortably in the field, as a 9-seed facing 8-seed Missouri in the East region’s Pittsburgh venue, with 1-seed Villanova probably on deck.
  • Bracket Matrix’s most recent composite rankings combine seedings from 104 brackets, and the Seminoles are included in 95 of those, with an average placement as the third 10-seed.
  • Team Rankings has upped Florida State’s chances of making the field to 45%, but still has FSU in as an 11-seed.

Or, of course, the possibility exists that the ’Noles will miss out on the NCAA Tourney altogether. Time will tell— and so will we. Stick with, as we’ll update this post while we receive information.