FSU’s basketball season is over. FSU lost to Louisiana Tech, 71-61, in a hard-fought game that was fairly close till the end. Louisiana Tech had a great team this year and won 18 consecutive games at one point. There’s no shame in losing a game like this, to a team that was ranked No. 25 in the country not too long ago.
A few years ago, going 9-9 in the ACC was a goal. This year, it is a letdown, but it at least marked the 8th consecutive post-season appearance for Leonard Hamilton’s Seminoles. A season like this makes us think back to the day when basketball was just an afterthought in Tallahassee.
It’s possible I’m being a bit too apologetic; I still remember when FSU basketball was fairly irrelevant. But those times have changed. Eight consecutive post-season appearances, signature wins versus the ACC’s premier programs, and an ACC championship.
And that’s exactly the reason we should continue to thank our lucky stars for a coach like Leonard Hamilton. Say what you will about his teams, but they are competitive, high-energy, and well coached. We follow the same blueprint each and every season and for many years, it has worked. This year, unfortunately, we suffered from our fair share of injuries and shortcomings. FSU was also very young and is going to be returning a ton of talent next season.
And speaking of talent and next season, this team showed glimpses of greatness and so much so that if FSU were somehow able to recruit Andrew Wiggins, it would be prepared to make another run at an ACC championship. Already scheduled to be in Tallahassee next season is Xavier Rathan-Mayes, a superb talent himself, but the addition of Rathan-Mayes and Wiggins would put FSU in a position to make a serious run.
So as we turn to the page of the latest chapter in FSU basketball, we should be excited for what comes next.