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Bracketology: FSU Slips in Latest Projections

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It hasn’t been a great week for No. 11 Florida State on the hardwood. After getting their first ACC win over Miami last Wednesday, FSU dropped a heartbreaker to Duke over the weekend before allowing Pittsburgh to shoot 46 free throws in an upset road loss on Monday.

After projecting as a No. 3 seed last week, each of the four experts surveyed have the Seminoles trending downward this week. Here’s a look at the projected match-ups:

ESPN: West Region No. 6 vs. (11) Wofford in Tulsa (Jan. 15)
CBS Sports: South Region No. 5 vs. Wofford in Hartford (Jan. 14)
SB Nation: West Region No. 5 vs. (12) Hofstra in San Jose (Jan. 15)
NBC Sports: West Region No. 4 vs. (13) Hofstra in Salt Lake City (Jan. 10)

Both ESPN’s Joe Lunardi and CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm have the Seminoles facing Wofford in the round of 64, but in different regions, locations and seeds. Lunardi has FSU as the No. 6 seed in the West compared to Palm, who has Florida State as the No. 5 seed in the South. Lunardi has the Seminoles headed west to Tulsa while Palm pits them against the Terriers in Hartford.

In each case, Wofford is projected as the Southern Conference champion. FSU is 0-2 all-time against the Terriers, but both of those losses came early in 1948 during Florida State’s first season of basketball.

Both SB Nation’s Chris Dobbertean and NBC Sports’ Dave Ommen pit the Seminoles against Hofstra in the West Region. Dobbertean has FSU as a No. 5 seed compared to a No. 4 for Ommen. Ommen’s bracket was produced prior to Monday night’s loss at Pittsburgh. Hofstra is the projected Colonial Athletic Association champion.

Ommen has the teams traveling to Salt Lake City while Dobbertean places them in San Jose. The Seminoles are 3-1 all-time against the Pride, but Hofstra did win the most recent match-up in the Virgin Islands in November 2015. Prior to that, the teams had not met since 1975.

FSU will travel to Boston College on Sunday before hosting Clemson Tuesday. The Eagles do not appear in any of the four brackets. Clemson is among the “Next Four Out”, according to Lunardi, Dobbertean and Ommen.

Mike Ferguson is the editor of The Daily Nole. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson

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