After dropping three straight games, the Florida State men’s basketball team was badly in need of a win. Cue the Hokies. Virginia Tech is as close as the ACC has to an automatic win this season, as they came to Tallahassee having lost eight-straight contests.
The ‘Noles cruised to a 70-50 victory, finding firepower that eluded them in their 53-49 defeat to Clemson on Saturday. They were led by Aaron Thomas, whose six 3-pointers and 24 points paced FSU. The Seminoles are now 5-5 in conference play with eight games left, and in a seventh-place tie with Maryland, against whom they’ll play in College Park, Maryland on Saturday.
It’s crunch time for the ‘Noles. Their projected seed in the NCAA Tournament has continued to drop, according to ESPN’s Bracketologist Joe Lunardi. He estimates them to be the sixth of six ACC team to make the dance. Last week, he projected FSU to be a 9 seed. As of today’s rankings, they’re the very worst 10 seed and matched up against 7 seed Connecticut. The ‘Noles are also the first team on the “Last Four Byes” list. Sliding any farther could force the Seminoles to suit up for a play-in game, or worse: the NIT.