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Checking back with FSU basketball postseason projections after National Signing Day

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With 2020’s National Signing Day for FSU football ramping up — and now passing — we’d put Seminole bracketology on the backburner for a bit, focusing instead on pigskin recruiting. But now that NSD has come and gone, it’s time to get back to the hardwood. And that’s where the ’Noles retain an elite position in projections of this year’s NCAA Tournament.

Let’s start with the big-picture glance. According to the 99 forecasts aggregated by Bracket Matrix, despite some close games sandwiched around a loss at UVA, FSU is the highest 3-seed in the tourney, ahead of Seton Hall, Maryland, and Villanova on the same line.

National outlets disagree as to where the Seminoles project. CBS Sports has Florida State as a 2-seed, matching up with a 15-seed.

CBS Sports

ESPN has the ’Noles a line lower, as a 3-seed.

ESPN

And here’s what our Chris Dobbertean foresees

SB Nation

Regardless of what you think of these seedings, let’s remember: the matchups are what really matter. Moreover, FSU is still in position to play its first couple of games in Tampa in all these projections. But as far as possible Sweet-16 opponents go, I’d much rather draw Auburn than West Virginia and its No. 2 national defense. And 2-seed Dayton, playing in nearby Indy with its No. 2 national offense? Pass.