With FSU basketball has finished the non-conference portion of the season, we look ahead and preview the five hardest games on their ACC schedule.
It was a successful, albeit easy, run through the non-conference schedule for coach Leonard Hamilton and his FSU basketball team. The Seminoles currently sit with a 12-1 record – the lone loss coming to the Temple Owls. We’ve been over it countless times, but just to reiterate, FSU did not have a challenging out-of-conference (OOC) schedule. It ranked in the mid-200’s on KenPom.
But it was encouraging that when the team did get a chance to play two tough teams in Florida and Minnesota, they secured both victories. That gives them two very solid OOC wins, which will look great for the selection committee come March.
However, things are about to get a whole lot tougher for the ‘Noles. In their next seven games, they will face five teams currently ranked in the top 25 of the coaches poll. Four of those teams are in the top 11 of the ranking. Thanks to their good start, right now, the Seminoles are being given a 75 percent chance of earning a bid for the NCAA Tournament (via TeamRankings).
Bracket expert Joe Lunardi projects them to be a seventh seed when the tournament rolls around, so things are looking up for FSU basketball! Now, it’s time to look ahead to ACC play, and rank the five toughest games the ‘Noles will play.