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FSU basketball’s seed improving in NCAA Tournament projections

The ’Noles are trending in the right direction.

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Just a few days ago, I published a piece about how Florida State was straddling the line between being a 5-seed and a 6-seed in NCAA Tournament projections. Well, it’s time to welcome another possibility to the party, as the Seminoles are now showing up as a 4-seed as well.

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi updated his bracket today, and he has FSU on the rise, up from a 6-seed to a 5-seed. Lunardi has the ’Noles opening play at the West Region’s Salt Lake City venue against 12-seed New Mexico State, with the winner of 4-seed Texas Tech and 13-seed Yale awaiting the victor. 1-seed Gonzaga would be the odds-on Sweet-16 opponent.

Jerry Palm, of CBS Sports, updated his projection today too, and he also has Florida State out West with the Zags. But Palm has the Seminoles as a 4-seed, facing 13-seed UC Irvine in San Jose. On deck: 5-seed Iowa State or the survivor of a play-in game between 12-seeds Furman and Utah State. SB Nation has moved the Seminoles up as well, currently the third 4-seed, and also out west in San Jose.

Across 115 predictions averaged by Bracket Matrix, the ’Noles are the third 5-seed, closer to the team in front of them (Louisville) than the one behind them (Kansas State).