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FSU/UF rise while Miami joins AP Top 25

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Both Florida and Florida State moved up in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Gators earned the 12th position, up from 13th last week, while the Seminoles climbed four spots to claim the No. 15 ranking. Florida moved up despite a loss at No. 9 Kentucky on Saturday. While they played the Wildcats tough in the 76-66 loss on the road, the Gators were impressive in their 81-66 takedown of a good South Carolina team. The Seminoles’ rise…

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Leonard Hamilton has some work to do to save FSU’s season

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The Florida State men’s basketball team reached new heights in January. That is why February has brought about a long fall. What happened on Saturday, an 80-66 embarrassment at Pittsburgh, demonstrates some of the reasons why a once highly promising season could continue to go further south. It involves the two most talented Seminoles, Dwayne Bacon and Jonathan Isaac. It also, of course, involves Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. Bacon, a sophomore, was held scoreless for the first time in his…

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FSU takes big win over Boston College with five touchdown passes

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It was supposed to be this easy all along. By design, FSU was supposed to blow opponents away … the way they did Boston College Friday night in a 45-7 victory. They were supposed roll up 416 yards offensively … the way they did against the Eagles. Their defense was supposed to stifle the opposition … as they did when they held Boston College to 146 yards of offense. The Seminoles had their way with the Eagles Sunday night, holding Boston College…

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Florida State beats Boston College to open ACC tournament

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Devon Bookert had 15 points for Florida State, and Boston College wrapped up the first 0-19 season in ACC men’s basketball history as the Seminoles won 88-66 in the first round of the conference tournament Tuesday. This was not a rout from the start and actually was relatively close at halftime, with FSU ahead 39-30. But the 11th-seeded Seminoles (19-12) scored the first six of the second half and never really were threatened again. Eli Carter had 21 points for…

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Jimbo Fisher: No. 14 Florida State, No. 10 Florida very similar

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As Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher prepares for Saturday’s game against No. 10 Florida, he sees a mirror image of his own squad. “It’s funny how that evolves. That wasn’t planned, I promise you, by either one of us,” Fisher said on Monday. “One of the key roles as a coach is identifying who you are and what each team is. And (Florida coach Jim McElwain has) done a great job of that. “It’s ironic that we are very similar,…

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No. 56 Notre Dame makes itself home at Fenway to play BC

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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly grew up in the Boston area rooting for the Red Sox. Receiver Torii Hunter Jr. rooted against them. Hunter’s father and namesake was a major leaguer who played against Boston at Fenway Park for the Twins, Angels and Tigers. Now Hunter Jr. will take the field at the century-old ballpark when the fifth-ranked Fighting Irish play Boston College on Saturday night. “It’s definitely going to be a pretty cool experience,” said Hunter, who is also…

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Defense leads the way in FSU’s victory over Boston College

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For most of the off-season, most of the talk around FSU centered around quarterback Everett Golson. The rest of it went to running back Dalvin Cook. As it turns out, the FSU Seminoles also have a defense, however, one that made just a few points stand up in a 14-0 victory over Boston College Friday night. FSU held the Eagles to 139 yards rushing and 15 yards passing in the shutout, The Seminoles’ last shutout on the road had been…

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