Seminoles return to NCAA tournament, will open against Missouri

Seminoles return to NCAA tournament, will open against Missouri

The Florida State men's basketball team may have ended its regular season in subpar fashion, but were still able to accomplish one of its seasonal goals along the way.

Florida State (20-11, 9-9 Atlantic Coast Conference) defeated four ranked teams this season - Florida, North Carolina, Miami and Clemson.

The Gators will open play on Thursday, March 15 in Dallas as they will take on the victor of the Tuesday night game between the No. 11 seed play-in opponent, either St. Bonaventure or UCLA.

Start times for first-round games are expected to be released Sunday night. If the Seminoles advance, they would face the victor of No. 1 Xavier and NC Central/Texas Southern on Sunday. But Florida will have to wait to find out its first opponent. A little history for Gators fans should know that they are 2-0 all-time against St. Bonaventure with the last meeting coming on November 17, 2016.Florida is also 4-0 against UCLA with victories in 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2014 - all NCAA Tournament games.

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The Seminoles are the No. 9 seed in the West Region and will open against Missouri on Friday.

The Seminoles will be making their second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and sixth appearance in 16 seasons under Leonard Hamilton.

Without the three players, the Seminoles relied on a steady cast of contributors, led by leading junior scorer Terance Mann (13.2 points per game), and much-improved senior Phil Cofer (13.1 points per game) this season. FSU lost to Xavier 91-66 in the second round of last year's tournament.

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