What To Watch: Michigan seeks to keep Big Ten alive in NCAAs
4 seed Florida State (18-6) vs. No. 1 seed Michigan (22-4), East Region semifinal, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis. Michigan has withstood an injury to second-leading scorer Isaiah Livers to become the last team remaining from the Big Ten’s nine NCAA Tournament selections. Florida State has allowed its first two NCAA Tournament foes to shoot just 33.6% and average 53.5 points. Michigan is averaging 84 points in the NCAA Tournament.
Florida State beats Colorado, reaches 3rd straight Sweet 16
4 seed Florida State pulled away in the second half to beat Colorado 71-53 Monday night and advance to the Sweet 16 for the third straight NCAA Tournament. Florida State (18-6) advanced to face East region No. Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton — recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon — again wore a boot as he walked the sideline. Calhoun broke away for a fast-break dunk, then Scottie Barnes drained a contested runner to push Florida State's lead back to seven. Balsa Koprivica dunked, was fouled and made the free throw to put Florida State up nine.
Devoe, Georgia Tech beat No. 15 FSU 80-75 for ACC title
The Yellow Jackets have their first Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament title in nearly two decades after beating No. AdACC player of the year Moses Wright and Jordan Usher each had 11 of their 15 points after halftime for Georgia Tech, which got off to an 0-2 start this season with home losses to Georgia State and Mercer. The Yellow Jackets stood 9-8 after a loss at Clemson on a last-second shot Feb. 12 to find themselves facing bubble uncertainty. That led to a technical foul and two free throws for FSU, though the outcome was decided and the Georgia Tech party had begun. BIG PICTUREGeorgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets had won seven straight, including Thursday against Miami in the quarterfinals.
Calhoun leads No. 11 Seminoles over Miami
11 Florida State coasted to an 88-71 win over Miami on Wednesday night. In addition to sweeping the regular season series, Florida State set an all-time mark with its seventh consecutive win. The defeat against Florida State was Miami’s third straight by double figures. UP NEXT:Florida State: the Seminoles will seek another regular season sweep and conclude a three-game road trip Saturday at North Carolina. Florida State defeated the Tar Heels 82-75 Jan. 16 in Tallahassee.
Walker, Koprivica lead Florida St.’s opening rout of UNF
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State showed its depth as the defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion Seminoles opened their season with a resounding victory. 22 Florida State beat North Florida 86-58 on Wednesday night. But Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton showed off its deep roster, using 12 players and giving four newcomers significant minutes. BIG PICTURENorth Florida: UNF fell behind early and trailed by double figures much of the night. Florida State: The Seminoles showed off their depth, using 12 players — with all of them scoring a point.
Top freshmen forge their own paths in picking schools
(AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)Many of the nation’s brightest prospects in the most recent recruiting class didn’t necessarily select the most obvious schools. In the meantime, four of the top seven players chose Oklahoma State, Southern California, Stanford and Florida State. Jerry Meyer, the director of basketball scouting at 247Sports, says he noticed this trend starting in 2015. Barnes is ranked seventh in the 247Sports Composite and played high school basketball at Montverde (Florida) Academy. He was named the California male athlete of the year and the California basketball player of the year by USA Today.