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Seminoles Win Rekindles Tourney Hopes

The Florida State men’s basketball team got a much-needed road win Sunday night, beating the Pittsburgh Panthers 71-66. The ‘Noles led by as many as 10 in the first half and were able to withstand a tough-fought second-half Panther run to escape with a victory. Okaro White led FSU with 22 points, and Ian Miller was once again quick out of the gate as a member of the starting five, pouring in 19. Aaron Thomas scored 14 points.

A few weeks ago, this win would have meant an improved seed in the NCAA Tournament, as the Seminoles were squarely in the tourney field. Then they played themselves out of it, and prior to this contest, even out of bubble consideration. But now they’re back. According to ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi’s projections released today, the ‘Noles are the fourth of the teams listed as the “First Four Out.” Their next two games are must wins: a home contest against Georgia Tech on Sunday night and March 4th at Boston College. Victories in those games would probably have FSU on the right side of the bubble going into the season finale: a March 9th showdown with #4 Syracuse in Tallahassee.

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