Earlier today, I published an article about Florida States’ remaining road through the NCAA Tournament. It won’t be an easy road. But it’s also not a path plagued with unbeatable squads for the Seminoles.
Discussing whether or not the ’Noles can hang with an elite team is kinda stupid for a couple of reasons. First, FSU is an elite team. That designation has been earned by a second-straight trip to the Sweet Sixteen, following a thorough dismantling of a Murray State group that many chose to upend the Seminoles. Second, Florida State has already posted a winning record against the remaining field.
Let’s do the list, chronologically. The ’Noles bettered 3-seed LSU on November 23. Less than a week later, they topped another 3-seed, Purdue. A conference-opening loss at 1-seed Virginia followed, along with a defeat to fellow 1-seed Duke. And on February 23, FSU dropped a road game at 1-seed North Carolina.
Then came March. The Seminoles beat 4-seed Virginia Tech twice in nine days, the second coming in the ACC Tourney, and then avenged that earlier loss to UVA before again falling to Duke, this time in the conference title game.
The final tally? A 5-4 record against the best of who’s left. Winning is the only thing that matters this time of year. And vs. the best competition remaining, the ’Noles have proven that they can do just that.