NCAA Tournament Bracket: Why Florida State Can Reach the Final Four

MichaelContributor IIMarch 14, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 11:  Okaro White #10, Luke Loucks #3, Michael Snaer #21, Deividas Dulkys #4 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrate after their 85-82 win over the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Final Game of the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Conference Tournament at Philips Arena on March 11, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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With only one day left before most brackets are due, fans across the country are scrambling to review their picks and look at other possible upset scenarios.

One team that may have people going back and forth is Florida State.

Not projected to be a top-five seed before the ACC Tournament, the Seminoles stormed into Greensboro, NC and defeated Duke and North Carolina to grab their first ever ACC Title.

Not only did they beat the top two teams in the conference in the tournament, Florida State also handed Duke and North Carolina losses in the regular season (beating UNC by 33).

Michael Snaer and Bernard James have this team on a roll, and may be part of one of the hottest teams coming into March Madness.

Coach Leonard Hamilton is underrated, and has a chance to solidify himself as a top coach in the country.

The 'Noles have the Bonnies of St. Bonaventure as their first-round opponent.

St. Bonaventure won the A-10 Tournament with ease, defeating Xavier 67-56, to claim an automatic bid in this year's tourney.

With Andrew Nicholson, the Bonnies have the chance to play the Seminoles tough.

Unfortunately for STB, I believe the Florida State tempo and in-your-face-style defense will lead them to an easy victory.

In the Round of 32, Florida State could meet Big East representative Cincinnati.

Although The Bearcats have proven their worth tot he NCAA Committee, I just don't buy what they're selling yet.

Look for Leonard Hamilton's team to nab a Sweet Sixteen berth with a close victory against Cincy.

If all of the chips fall the right way, this would set up a potential matchup with Ohio State in the Sweet Sixteen.

Now, I understand how good this Buckeyes team is, but they have shown their weaknesses this season.

Michigan State's defense held Ohio State in the low 60's in the Big 10 Championship Game, and the Seminoles could very well do the same.

Yes, some things will have to fall Florida State's way, but a lot has so far.

The recently depleted Syracuse club will have to play even better than I analyzed previously. Without Fab Melo, this could be a tough road ahead for the Orange.

If Florida State meets Syracuse in the Elite Eight, I have to say I like Florida State.

A lot of people may disagree with me, but I believe the top three teams in the ACC are just as strong, if not stronger, than the top teams in the Big East.

Not only do I think the Big East is beatable, I believe this East Region is wide open.

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 11:  Head coach Leonard Hamilton of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates after they won 85-82 against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the Final Game of the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Conference Tournament at Philips Arena on March
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As for this potential match up, these two teams run neck and neck in most categories.

Syracuse may have the edge in guard play, but do not underestimate Michael Snaer, who averaged 15 PPG this season.

The big man, Bernard James, will have a much easier time in the paint without the presence of Fab Melo.

With the edge on the glass and in the paint, look for Florida State to have a chance at a Final Four run.

Hey, it's March Madness so why not?