Feb 10, 2014; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles forward Okaro White, top left, collides with Miami Hurricanes forward Erik Swoope (21) to bend him backwards on a rebound in the first half at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

'Noles Lose To Miami: Tourney Prospects Weaken

Florida State’s men’s hoops team continued to struggle mightily on offense and lost 77-73 to Miami on Monday night. The ‘Noles went into halftime with only 26 points on the board in Tallahassee, as they trailed their in-state and conference rival by eight.

The second half got off to a similar start, as the Seminoles managed just two points in the first five-and-a-half minutes. The ‘Noles returned one of their leading scorers in senior guard Ian Miller, but that wasn’t enough to keep the garnet and gold from sliding to 5-7 in ACC play. They played a bit more efficiently through the rest of the game, but, ironically, as the offense found some momentum, their defense became problematic. During one stretch in the game’s final minutes, the ‘Canes scored on 14 straight possessions.

FSU has now dropped six of its last eight and is in danger of missing the NCAA tournament for the second straight season. They’ve been on a slide in ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi’s tourney projections. In his latest bracket, released today, the Seminoles are projected as the last team in without having to suit up for a play-in game. They’re a 12 seed that Lunardi currently has matched up against 5 seed Louisville (silver lining: Lunardi predicts they’ll play in Orlando). But this loss — FSU’s worst of the season, as Miami came in at 2-8 in conference play — may have the ‘Noles on the outside looking in.

ChopChat has lamented the Seminoles’ offensive struggles previously, as they continue to come up short in the ugly contests they used to find a way to salvage. FSU’s next matchup is a Saturday night tilt against Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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