No. 3 seed Florida State (24-9) is entering the NCAA Tournament on a hot streak and is fresh off its first ACC Tournament title in program history with a surprising victory over North Carolina. The win also made head coach Leonard Hamilton the first African American coach to win an ACC title.
Teams like FSU either run out of gas and falter early in the tournament or ride the wave of momentum deep into the tourney much like Connecticut did a season ago.
No. 14 seed St. Bonaventure (20-11) gained its first bid into the NCAA Tournament since 2000 with a surprising run to the Atlantic 10 Championship. The Bonnies are another team that is coming into the tournament hot, and could cause problems for a team like Florida State in the early rounds.
When: 2:45 p.m. Friday, March 16
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.
Where to watch: CBS, NCAA.com
Listen: Here's a list of FSU radio stations. St. Bonaventure coverage can be found on WHDL 1450 AM and WPIG 95.7 FM
Betting line: Florida State -7, according to Wager Minds
Florida State - G Michael Snaer
Snaer leads the Seminoles with 14.5 points per game. Against the Tar Heels in the ACC title game, he scored 18 points, hit 53 percent of his shots from the field, including four 3-pointers in 30 minutes of play.
Fresh off earning ACC Tournament MVP honors, Snaer will have to continue to be the dynamic player he's been all season long for FSU.
St. Bonaventure - F Andrew Nicholson
Nicholson has quietly been putting up monster games in the Atlantic 10. He averages 18.4 points on the season, but in his last five outings he has scored 32, 19, 25, 19 and finally 26 in the A-10 Championship Game.
He's an efficient shooter hitting 57 percent of his attempts. He's also a good rebounder grabbing 8.5 per contest. Those numbers helped him earn Atlantic Player of the Year honors this season.
What They're Saying:
"I'm proud of these players. More than anything else we just want to keep building this program and be considered one of those teams.
"For the first time we can hold our finger up and say, 'We're No. 1.' But in order for this to be meaningful we need to keep stacking these on." - FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton after the ACC title game in a story on NolesSports.com
“I haven’t seen that on the sidelines. He’s an NBA player. He’s a pro. He’s a poor man’s Tim Duncan. He’s by far the best player in the league,” Xavier head coach Chris Mack said about Andrew Nicholson after the A-10 title game in a story on PressofAtlanticCity.com
Prediction: Andrew Nicholson will be tough to stop for FSU, but the Bonnies will not have enough to deny the Seminoles from advancing into the third round. FSU wins, 70-60.
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