Andrew Miller, Correspondent
The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Selection Committee released its preliminary projections for the top-16 overall seeds on last Saturday, February 11. Its list includes Florida State (21-5) as a No. 2 seed (sixth overall) in the Midwest Region behind No. 1 seed Kansas.
The two-seed would be the highest seed that the Seminoles have ever locked up heading into the NCAA tournament, having had the three-seed three times prior (1992, 1993, 2012). This also marks the first time that the committee has released a preluding look into their selection process, similar to how the College Football Playoff Selection Committee releases its results on a weekly basis.
With plenty of depth, experience and talent rounding out the end of the bench, many people are claiming this is the best basketball team that Florida State has ever suited up. Coach Leonard Hamilton and the Noles will look for leadership from veterans like Xavier Rathan-Mayes and Dwayne Bacon as the stakes get continually higher into March, but the team will also need younger players like freshman Jonathan Isaac to leave their mark on some games to beat the powerhouses that the Noles will inevitably face.
After learning that they had earned the sixth overall seed in the committee’s eyes, the Noles dropped a road game to a Notre Dame team that is now ranked No. 25 in the country, ultimately causing the Noles to drop three spots to 17 in the latest AP poll. They will look to avenge the loss and defend their seeding on Saturday, February 18th, when they travel to Pittsburgh.