Florida State basketball has been up and down in postseason projections throughout the 2018-2019 campaign, but the Seminoles finished the regular season winning of 12 of 13 ACC games and are consistently projected to earn an elite seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The ’Noles are a 4-seed for ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, CBS’ Jerry Palm, and our own SB Nation’s Chris Dobbertean. FSU also averages out as the second 4-seed across 76 brackets consulted by Bracket Matrix, between Kansas and Kansas State in a Sunflower State sandwich. With the completed regular season in the books, there’s very little variance surrounding the Seminoles: their highest projection is as a 3-seed, their lowest a 5-seed.
And all three of the aforementioned prognosticators have Florida State heading to the West region to begin play against a 13-seed. Lunardi sees the ’Noles opening play in San Jose against UC Irvine. Palm and Dobbertean have FSU commencing tourney action in Hartford, vs. 13s Old Dominion and Hofstra, respectively. In all three matchups, the Seminoles would face opening-round opposition playing much closer to home than Florida State, with a possible Sweet-16 tilt against 1-seed Gonzaga on the horizon.
Meeting the Zags in the Sweet 16 of the West? Worked out pretty well for the ’Noles last year.