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Seminole Sunday Summary: FSU Hoops Falls at Notre Dame, Settles for No. 2 Seed in ACC Tournament

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Florida State men’s basketball wrapped up another strong regular season, but it did end on a sour note.

With a chance to win a second straight ACC regular season title, No. 11 FSU was defeated by Notre Dame on Saturday in South Bend, 83-73. The Seminoles trailed by as many as 20 in the first half, but managed to get within four late.

Two turnovers in the final two minutes however, thwarted a comeback effort. With the loss and Virginia’s win at Louisville, the Seminoles will settle for the No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament.

Prentiss Hubb finished with 22 points to lead Notre Dame on Saturday while Dane Goodwin added 15 points and nine rebounds in the victory. Scottie Barnes came off the FSU bench to finish with a team-high 17 points, nine rebounds and three steals. RaiQuan Gray finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the loss while M.J. Walker and Sardaar Calhoun each scored 12 for FSU.

What the Seminoles did accomplish was going undefeated at home in ACC play. FSU completed that feat with a 93-64 win over Boston College on Senior Night on Wednesday at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

In his final home game, Walker paced FSU with 18 points while shooting 6-for-9 from deep. Gray made all seven of his field goal attempts to finish with 16 points. Anthony Polite added 13 points on an efficient 4-for-7 shooting. Boston College’s Jay Heath made eight 3-pointers to finish with a game-high 28 points.

The win over Boston College was FSU’s 25th straight ACC home win. That’s one shy of the conference record.

As the No. 2 seed, FSU won’t play in the ACC Tournament in Greensboro until Thursday’s quarterfinal. The Seminoles will face either No. 7 seed Louisville, 10th-seeded Duke or No. 15 seed Boston College. This will be the third straight year that FSU will receive a double-bye at the ACC Tournament.


Weekly Commitments: Sam McCall, 5-star LB* (No. 35 overall)*
Weekly Decommitments: None
2022 Recruiting Class Ranking*: No. 10 nationally, first in ACC (6 total commitments)*
Big Picture: FSU made another splash on the recruiting trail this week with a second 5-star prospect for the class of 2022.

Men’s Basketball

Record: 15-5 (11-4 ACC)
Ranking: No. 11 AP Poll; No. 11 Amway Coaches Poll; No. 2 ACC Tournament
Past Week: (1-1), beat Boston College on Wednesday, 93-64; lost at Notre Dame on Saturday, 83-73
Upcoming: ACC Tournament (Thursday)
Recognitions: None
Weekly Commitments: None
2021 Recruiting Class Ranking*: No. 2 nationally, first in ACC (four total commitments)*
Big Picture: FSU missed a huge opportunity to win the ACC regular season title. Now, the Seminoles will turn their attention to the ACC Tournament.

Women’s Basketball

Record: 10-8 (9-7 ACC)
Ranking: No. 4 ACC Tournament
Past Week: (1-1), beat Wake Forest on Sunday, 59-51; lost to Syracuse in ACC Tournament on Friday, 68-67
Upcoming: NCAA Tournament (TBA)
Recognitions: Morgan Jones, G (All-ACC second team, All-ACC Defensive, All-ACC Academic); Valencia Myers, C (All-ACC Academic); Kourtney Weber, G (All-ACC Academic); Sammie Puisis, G (All-ACC Academic)
Big Picture: FSU lost an absolute heartbreaker in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals on Friday. FSU should still like its chances for an NCAA Tournament bid.


Record: 4-4 (2-3 ACC)
Ranking: None
Past Week: (2-1), lost to Pittsburgh in 13 innings on Sunday, 9-7; beat Virginia on Friday, 2-0; beat Virginia on Saturday, 9-4
Upcoming: vs. Virginia (Sunday); vs. South Florida (Tuesday); at Virginia Tech (Friday); at Virginia Tech (Saturday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU bounced back from a rough start to ACC play with a solid showing against Virginia. The Seminoles go for the sweep of Virginia on Sunday.

Swimming and Diving

Ranking: Men No. 15 CSCAA; Women N/A
Past Week: FSU was idle this past week
Upcoming: NCAA Championships (March 17-27)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU still has more than a week of rest remaining before kicking off the NCAA Championships.

Track and Field

Ranking: Men No. 6 USTFCCCA, No. 3 South; Women No. 14, No. 3 South USTFCCCA
Past Week: FSU was idle
Upcoming: NCAA Indoor Championships (Friday and Saturday)
Recognitions: Trey Cunningham (The Bowerman Pre-NCAA Indoor watch list, USTFCCCA South Region Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year); Kelly Phillips (USTFCCCA South Region Assistant Coach of the Year)
Big Picture: After a week off, FSU now prepares to wrap up the indoor season at the NCAA Championships.

Men’s Tennis

Record: 5-5 (0-2 ACC)
Ranking: None
Past Week: (0-0), idle
Upcoming: at Virginia (Monday); at Virginia Tech (Tuesday); at NC State (Friday); at Wake Forest (Saturday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU men’s tennis has gotten an extended break. The Seminoles go for their first ACC win during a brutal week.

Women’s Tennis

Record: 9-2 (4-1 ACC)
Ranking: No. 5 ITA
Past Week: (1-1), beat Wake Forest on Sunday, 4-3; lost at Duke on Saturday, 5-1
Upcoming: at North Carolina (Sunday); at Boston College (Friday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: After a 4-0 start to ACC play, FSU was handled by Duke on Saturday.

Men’s Golf

Ranking: No. 3 Golfweek/Sargarin
Past Week: FSU finished second at the Cabo TPC San Antonio
Upcoming: The Floridian Intercollegiate (March 15-16)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: Florida State continued to impress this week at the Cabo TPC San Antonio. FSU finished in second place, just one stroke behind No. 1 Oklahoma.

Cross Country

Ranking: Women No. 18 USTFCCCA
Past Week: FSU men’s cross country finished third at the FSU XC Last Chance
Upcoming: NCAA Championships (March 15)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU returned to action for the final time before the NCAA Championships with a strong performance.


Record: 11-4 (4-2 ACC)
Ranking: No. 16 NCFA Coaches; No. 16 Softball America; No. 13 D1Softball
Past Week: (1-1), lost at Florida on Friday, 5-0; beat Florida on Saturday, 7-2
Upcoming: vs. Arizona (Thursday); vs. Arizona (Friday); vs. Arizona (Saturday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU split a pair of contests with rival Florida this week with both teams winning at home. The Seminoles’ upcoming set with Arizona will be their final non-conference series of the season.


Record: 8-3 (4-3 ACC)
Ranking: None
Past Week: (2-0), beat Duke 3-0 on Friday; beat Duke on Saturday, 3-0
Upcoming: vs. Notre Dame (Friday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU volleyball hasn’t lost since the fall. The Seminoles have won seven straight since the spring restart.

Women’s Golf

Ranking: No. 1 Golfweek/Sargarin
Past Week: FSU won the Florida State Match-Up
Upcoming: Valspar Augusta Invitational (Saturday-March 14)
Recognitions: Beatrice Wallin (GolfWeek National Player of the Week)
Big Picture: FSU dominated the Florida State Match-Up with the top three finishers. FSU is now ranked No. 1 in the latest Golfweek/Sargarin rankings.

Beach Volleyball

Record: 8-0
Ranking: No. 2 AVCA
Past Week: (6-0), beat Cal Poly in Seminole Beach Bash on Sunday, 5-0; beat Tampa in Seminole Beach Bash on Sunday, 5-0; beat Louisiana Monroe on Friday at Bayou Beach Duals, 5-0; beat Tulane on Friday at Bayou Beach Duals, 5-0; beat Houston Baptist on Saturday at LSU Tiger Beach Challenge, 5-0; beat LSU on Saturday at LSU Tiger Beach Challenge, 4-1.
Upcoming: vs. Georgia State (Sunday, LSU Tiger Beach Challenge); vs. Florida Atlantic (Sunday, LSU Tiger Beach Challenge); vs. TCU (Saturday, March to May); vs. Grand Canyon (Saturday, March to May); vs. LSU (Saturday, March to May)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU stayed perfect and made a huge statement on Saturday as the Seminoles took down No. 1 LSU. The Seminoles will likely ascend to the top spot in next week’s AVCA Poll.

*247Sports Composite rankings

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

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