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Fun Fact Friday: FSU Men’s and Women’s Hoops Have Each Won 20 Games in Last Four Seasons

John Neiser/FSU athletics

Last season on the hardwood was one to remember for Florida State.

On the men’s side, FSU set new program records for wins and ACC wins while reaching the ACC Championship for the third time ever and the Sweet 16 for a second straight season. The departing senior class for FSU left as the winningest in program history.

On the women’s side, FSU didn’t have a single senior, but still managed to advance past the first round of the NCAA Tournament for a seventh straight season. The Seminoles, despite losing more than 70 percent of their scoring and rebounding from the previous season, managed 24 total victories and a 10-6 record in ACC play.

Over the last four seasons, both the FSU men and women have won at least 20 games. Among ACC programs, the only school that can say the same is Louisville.

Terance Mann was part of an FSU recruiting class as the winningest in program history (Mike Olivella/FSU athletics)

The streak for the men began with a somewhat underwhelming 20-14 season during the 2015-16 campaign. With now NBA guards Dwayne Bacon and Malik Beasley leading the way, the Seminoles had to settle for the second round of the NIT.

The following season saw FSU go undefeated at home and capture the No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament, tying its highest ever. The 2017-18 season saw FSU make an improbable run to its first Elite Eight in 25 years. This past season, Florida State went 29-8 and finished ranked in the AP top 10.

The FSU women have won at least 20 games in seven straight seasons. Four seasons ago, it made a Sweet 16 appearance during the 2015-16 season. The following season saw the Seminoles reach the Elite Eight for the second time in three years, but for the second time in three years, they fell to South Carolina.

The 2017-18 season for FSU ended in disappointing fashion as it was upset by Buffalo in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. This past season looked like it could be a difficult one with FSU having to replace the likes of Shakayla Thomas, Imani Wright, Chatrice White and A.J. Alix, but the Seminoles exceeded all expectations before falling to South Carolina in the NCAA Tournament for a third time in five years.

Whether FSU can sustain its success on the hardwood remains to be seen, but the past three or four basketball seasons have been particularly fun for Florida State fans. Both programs have made an Elite Eight over the last three seasons. The only other schools who can say likewise over that span are Oregon and South Carolina.

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