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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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Seminoles give Leonard Hamilton a 2-year extension

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For those Florida State basketball fans hoping Leonard Hamilton would be coaching somewhere else next year, you have a mental adjustment to make. On Wednesday, FSU and Hamilton announced an agreement in principle that would keep the program’s all-time winningest coach in Tallahassee at least two more seasons. Hamilton is a two-time ACC Coach of the Year and among the top 10 winningest coaches in conference history. During his 14 years at Florida State, he has accumulated 252 victories. In…

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FSU among national leaders in basketball recruiting class for 2016

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While the 2015-16 college basketball season has just begun, coaches are already looking toward next year and beyond. The early signing period for recruits began on November 11 and will conclude on Wednesday. While Duke, Michigan State and Kentucky have the top-ranked classes so far, Florida State Coach Leonard Hamilton has much to smile about. The Seminoles have landed some quality players who might make an immediate impact on next year’s squad. Florida State has signed the eighth-ranked class so…

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