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Hokies send FSU home from ACC Tournament

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The Florida State Seminoles will find out their next opponent on Sunday. Unfortunately, their name will not be called for the 68-team NCAA field. Instead, they will have a first round date in the NIT. Virginia Tech put to rest any chance the Seminoles might have to make a serious run in the ACC Tournament, dispatching FSU 96-85 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC on Wednesday. Analysts believe the Seminoles needed at least three wins this week to have…

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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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Florida State senior Devon Bookert emerges as team leader

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Devon Bookert has developed into one of the best long-distance shooters in Florida State basketball history. Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said the 6-foot-3 guard has come a long way, and he wasn’t referring to the 4,613 miles Bookert’s has traveled to get to Tucker Center from his high school gym at Anchorage West. “He has gotten tougher and more determined. He wasn’t always that way,” Hamilton said. “Part of it is physical, but a lot of it is emotional.”…

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Miami edges Florida State in Tallahassee thriller

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The Florida State vs. Miami matchup in men’s basketball on Sunday was a treat to watch. Both teams gave all they had in a big rivalry game. In the end, the 12th ranked Hurricanes escaped with a 67-65 thriller in Tallahassee as the Seminoles frantically tried to tie the game. Miami dominated the first half, bottling up FSU’s freshman duo of Malik Beasley and Dwayne Bacon. The pair had two free throws combined as Miami took a 37-26 lead into…

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FSU tries to bounce back against North Carolina

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After beating Florida on the road last week, Florida State opened their ACC basketball season on the road at Clemson on Saturday. After an inspiring win, the Seminoles suffered a devastating loss to the Tigers, a team they should have been able to handle. This is what frustrates FSU supporters. Many times they have posted impressive wins over teams like Duke and North Carolina only to lay an egg in the next game like Saturday’s 84-75 debacle at Clemson. On…

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Dwayne Bacon’s game winner elevates national profile

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Going into Tuesday night’s game with Florida in Gainesville, FSU Coach Leonard Hamilton stressed that the game was more than a rivalry game. He thought the game’s importance could be measured later in the season. “Even though it’s a rivalry game, there are more ramifications that are greater than the rivalry,” he said on Monday. He was talking about playing an ACC-type of team on the road, where a victory would produce invaluable experience and confidence heading into conference play.…

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Despite being unranked, FSU/UF a compelling matchup

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Tuesday is a huge day in college basketball. Eight teams ranked the Associated Press Top 25 are in action, including top-ranked Michigan State and No. 13 Miami, who hosts Princeton. One of the best games between unranked teams tips off at 7 p.m. in Gainesville. Florida (8-3) and Florida State (9-2) meet on the basketball hardwood for the 67th time. It is a big enough game for ESPN2 to dispatch PTPer (Prime Time Player) Dick Vitale as part of the…

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