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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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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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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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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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FSU starts slow again, but subdues Charleston Southern

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For the second consecutive game, the Florida State Seminoles were facing a heavy underdog and for the second consecutive game, they struggled in the first half. After the 2-9 Florida Atlantic Owls gave FSU all they could handle on Saturday night, this time it was the 4-7 Charleston Southern Buccaneers. Like Saturday, Florida State came out in the second half and took control, finally dispatching Charleston Southern, 75-64 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. With the victory, FSU…

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