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Magic/Heat have different draft approaches

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Just five days after the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Championship, the league gathers in Brooklyn for the 2016 draft. Some of the league’s 30 teams will be busier than others. The Orlando Magic have the 11th pick. While the top two or three slots are well-known, only the Magic brass know, for sure, who they are targeting. A few mock drafts have them taking Kentucky freshman Skal Labissiere. The lanky forward is a good shooter, but had a relatively…

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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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Seminoles near total collapse after bad loss to Hokies

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Going into Saturday’s game with Virginia Tech, the Florida State Seminoles men’s basketball team seemed to be on the verge of imploding. Whether that is the case going forward, the Seminoles certainly folded at the end and fell to the Hokies 83-73 in Blacksburg, Virginia. After three disappointing losses to Syracuse, Miami and Georgia Tech, fans and analysts pointed to the need to come out strong defeat Virginia Tech or risk a total collapse. They accomplished only one of those…

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Florida State looking for momentum late in ACC play

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Florida State has no margin for error if it wants to get back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four years. Going into Wednesday’s game against Georgia Tech the Seminoles need to win three of their final five to finish at least .500 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. There was a players-only meeting after Sunday’s 67-65 loss to 11th-ranked Miami as Florida State squandered chances to win in the final two minutes. “We have to realize we…

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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 extends winning streak with rout at Wake Forest

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It has been a long climb, but the Florida State Seminoles are now above .500 in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings. Saturday’s 91-71 victory over Wake Forest in Winston Salem, North Carolina, was FSU’s fourth in a row and brought them to 6-5 in the league and 16-7 overall. After an 0-3 start and a 2-5 record two weeks ago, the Seminoles seem to be coming together at the right time. Saturday’s game was a microcosm of their recent play…

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