Florida State Suffers Devastating Home Loss

It’s been more than a month since Florida State won back-to-back games and looking at the schedule going forward, it will be several weeks before FSU has a shot to end this depressing rut.

With Monday night’s collapse at home to UNC, the Seminoles’ NCAA tournament chances could’ve taken the first hit.

FSU fell 81-75 to North Carolina, and of course the loss is tough take, but especially so when you consider the Seminoles got out to a hot start and then gave away the lead.

The Seminoles have two nice chances left before the ACC tournament: at Pittsburgh this weekend, and home to Syracuse to close out the season on March 9. Both can be won, but with a 2-6 record against teams in the KenPom.com top 50, how optimistic should Noles fans be?

15-11 and 6-8 in the league is the current standing. The team’s RPI entering the night was 61 with a strength of schedule near 50 and a 2-6 record against the RPI top 50. Those numbers don’t stack up combined with the sputtering play over the past five weeks. The wins have come against Miami, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Notre Dame.

Hamilton is in his 12th season at FSU. He had the program in a nice spot between 2009-2012, when FSU made four straight NCAA tourneys with an average seed of No. 7.

To make matters worse, the Noles will lose three seniors of impact this year, including the team’s best player in Ian Miller. He had a team-best 22 points Monday.

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