If you’ve been following our coverage of Florida State hoops this season, you know that I’ve been updating Tomahawk Nation readers as to the Seminoles’ forecasted spot in the NCAA Tournament, as new predictions are released. Early on, those projections came a week or more apart. As the season wore on, and postseason prospects solidified, twice-weekly updates became the norm. Now, with Selection Sunday less than a week away, tourney forecasts are being updated daily, and sometimes more frequently.
Accordingly, we’ve decided to shift our approach. From here on out, I’m not going to write a new piece every time new predictions are published. Instead, in the interest of making things more convenient for you, we’ll simply update this article and its time stamp, so you can see when the most recent information was transcribed.
As has been our method of late, we’ll include specific projections from ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm, and our own Chris Dobbertean of SB Nation, as well as Bracket Matrix’s aggregate seeding. We’ll update this post as each of these change, along with some brief commentary after the screen grabs.
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SB Nation (Chris Dobbertean):
FSU’s loss in the ACC title game to Duke? No problem. Actually, after their impressive conference-tourney showing, the Seminoles’ NCAA Tourney projections have improved: Florida State is up from the final 3-seed in Bracket Matrix to the penultimate 3, edging ahead of Texas Tech and right behind LSU. And none of the 132 brackets consulted now have the ’Noles lower than a 4-seed. They’re a 2-4 in every forecast.
While FSU remains consistently predicted to head to the West region, their first-round foe is more varied, ranging from prospective 14-seeds Old Dominion (in Hartford) to Northern Kentucky (in Jacksonville) and St. Bonaventure (also in Hartford).
Be sure to hit up our rooting guide, as there remain Sunday games that will affect placement prior to the announcement of NCAA Tourney seeds on Sunday night.