On Wednesday afternoon, the Seminoles were taken down by Louisville 82-74 in a lackluster display of basketball. After securing a second-round spot in the ACC tournament, the ‘Noles were defeated in New York City as the team’s offense struggled once again to find ways to score against a pestering Cardinals defense, potentially hurting their chances at an NCAA tournament selection.
According to ESPN analyst Joe Lunardi, his latest bracketology has Florida State as a 10-seed in the tournament’s South region. A first-round matchup against 7-seed Seton Hall may await FSU, and pending a victory it would then probably take on 2-seed Cincinnati, all in Pittsburgh. Sliding to the 10-line means a prospective draw against a 2-seed instead of a 1-seed in the second round.
However, TeamRankings.com doesn’t give the Seminoles much hope to make the tournament. Compared to yesterday’s 59% projection of the Seminoles securing a tournament bid, the site now gives the Garnet & Gold just a 39% chance following the loss to the Cardinals. The site has Florida State as the first at-large team excluded from the Big Dance.
On BracketMatrix.com, FSU is averaged as a 9-seed and is included in all 96 brackets surveyed. It is important to note, however, that some brackets haven’t been updated since before yesterday’s games, so the Seminoles’ spot on the site may change going forward.
With their season finished for now, the ‘Noles will have to wait until the ACC tournament ends, and Selection Sunday comes around, to find out their postseason fate.