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Florida State basketball holds positioning in AP Top 25 rankings

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FSU enters final week of the 2020-21 regular season among the nation’s best

CREDIT: Mike Olivella, Atlantic Coast Conference

Following a 1-1 week, Florida State held their No. 11 ranking and did not move in this week’s edition of the Associated Press Top 25. They were also ranked No. 11 last week.

Last Wednesday, FSU jumped out on Miami early and cruised to an 88-71 win on the road. Florida State then led North Carolina by as much as 16 in the first half over the weekend, but fell 78-70 to a desperate UNC team squarely on the NCAA tournament bubble.

At 14-4 overall and 10-3 in conference play, Florida State can lock up another regular season ACC title with two victories this week. In the midst of another championship-caliber season, sources say FSU is expected to extend head coach Leonard Hamilton’s contract.

Ranked No. 21 to start the year, Florida State remained in the polls the first six weeks of the season, reaching as high as No. 15 at one point. The Noles fell to No. 25 after suffering their second loss of the season at Clemson, and were bounced from the rankings the next week.

After four straight wins (and three by double-digits), they surged from unranked to No. 16 on Jan. 25. FSU has remained ranked ever since and have continued to rise further and further among the nation’s best.

This week, Florida State wraps up regular season play with a couple of games against teams near the bottom of the ACC. Boston College (4-13, 2-9 ACC) comes to Tallahassee Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m. for FSU’s home finale. Noles take on Notre Dame (9-13, 6-10 ACC) Saturday at noon before heading to the ACC Tournament next week.

You can find the full Associated Press rankings for this week here.