Florida State Basketball: What Experts Say About Seminoles' NCAA Tourney Chances

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Florida State Basketball: What Experts Say About Seminoles' NCAA Tourney Chances

Excuse me if I seem like a kid at Christmas.

For the first time in the school's history, the Florida State Seminole basketball team did the unthinkable. They beat both Duke and North Carolina twice in the same season.

If it were on the gridiron or maybe baseball, this would not be as big of a deal as it sounds, but for Leonard Hamilton and his Seminoles, it means everything when it comes to the NCAA Tournament. With the No. 3 seed locked up and a date with St. Bonaventure in Nashville on Friday night, the Seminoles (24-9) can exhale for a few short moments before preparing for the first round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

In terms of the seed and draw the Seminoles received, it looks like this could be a very good showing. A potential second-round matchup with either Cincinnati or Texas could be looming. The draw is not as fierce as others, with Ohio State a potential opponent should FSU make it to the Sweet 16.

Florida State has played an up-and-down game for parts of the season, challenging for the ACC regular season title, but having to play its best basketball in the conference tournament to take its first ACC post season title.

With the tournament's start for this team four days away, here is what the experts are saying about the Seminoles and their chances of cutting down the nets in The Big Easy.

For your printable bracket for the 2012 NCAA tournament, click here

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