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Despite end of six-game grind, FSU still faces daunting schedule

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The six-game grinder in the Florida State men’s basketball schedule is now complete. No ACC team in 24 years faced the challenge of so many consecutive games against top 25 teams. It says a great deal that FSU was able to win five of those games. With Saturday’s wire-to-wire 73-68 win over No. 12 Louisville, the level of competition diminishes somewhat. At least on paper. While the next three games are against teams outside the top 25, all three are…

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Florida State star Jonathan Isaac has the talent to overcome rare mistake

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Jonathan Isaac is a unique talent in the world of college basketball. Unfortunately, those talents are likely to be on display in Tallahassee for only two more months, or however far Florida State goes in the NCAA Tournament. Isaac is destined for the NBA, where he will likely excel. The 6’10” 5-star forward from Naples and the IMG Academy would be there now if the league did not require at least one year of college (that’s another story). His talent…

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Have we reached the point of ticket scalping for FSU basketball?

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It is January, when the Florida State faithful like to talk about the impending National Signing Day for football or spring practice, which is nearly three months away. We have breaking news. People are actually talking about basketball in the state capital. The FSU men’s basketball team has the attention of Seminole Nation. It took a top ten ranking (No. 9), a packed house and a spanking of seventh-ranked Duke, but the FSU bandwagon is now fully loaded. Going into…

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High-flying ‘Noles, road warrior Gators offer entertaining basketball

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While their bowl games are still about three weeks away, the athletic departments at both Florida and Florida State each have other quality products to showcase. Each of their men’s basketball teams have something to prove in 2016-17. At the top of the to-do list is making the NCAA Tournament, something that has eluded both. Florida has missed the Big Dance the last two seasons while Florida State is enduring a four-year drought. The Gators have been ranked in the…

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Florida State senior center Michael Ojo off to career-best start

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Florida State center Michael Ojo is making a strong early-season case for the Atlantic Coast Conference’s most improved player. The 7-foot-1 senior from Nigeria already has a double-double and two games, including a career-high 13 points against Winthrop on Nov. 18. Coming into the season Ojo’s career high in rebounds was nine and he had scored in double figures just once. Ojo is averaging 6.3 points and 5.3 rebounds for the Seminoles (6-1), who face George Washington on Sunday in…

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FSU hoops prepares for season as football takes a break

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This weekend will be the quietest of the entire college football season in Florida. Miami played on Thursday and South Florida is at Temple on Friday. Florida State, Florida, and Florida Atlantic have the weekend off, leaving Central Florida at UCONN and Florida International hosting Louisiana Tech as the only FBS games on Saturday. There could be no better time to take a pre-season look at basketball teams as they get ready for season openers. For Florida State, the first…

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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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