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Seminole Sunday Summary: FSU Hoops to Face Michigan in Sweet 16

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For its third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, Florida State basketball is in the Sweet 16.

The fourth-seeded Seminoles punched their ticket on Monday night with a 71-53 victory over No. 5 seed Colorado. As a team, FSU shot 52% while holding the Buffaloes to just 36% from the field.

Anthony Polite was the star of the show for FSU, finishing with a game- and career-high 22 points on 8-for-12 shooting. Polite added four assists and a team-high four steals.

FSU led 24-20 at the break after a sluggish first half. The Buffaloes got as close as one in the second half, but FSU responded with an 11-3 run and from there, the contest was never closer than six.

Malik Osborne was the only other FSU player to score in double figures. Osborne added 11 points on 4-for-8 shooting.

Colorado was led by D’Shawn Schwartz and Evan Battey, who finished with 13 and 11 points, respectively. The two combined to shoot 8-for-13. The rest of the team was a combined 12-for-43.

Florida State will move on to take on Michigan, the top seed in the East Region, on Sunday. The Wolverines topped LSU in the second round, 86-78.

Michigan defeated FSU in the Elite Eight during the 2018 NCAA Tournament, 58-54. Sunday’s contest begins at 5 p.m. ET and airs on CBS.


Weekly Commitments: None
Weekly Decommitments: None
2022 Recruiting Class Ranking*: No. 9 nationally, first in ACC (7 total commitments)*
Big Picture: Spring practice has continued for FSU. The Seminoles play their spring game on April 10.

Men’s Basketball

Record: 18-6
Ranking: No. 14 AP Poll; No. 14 Amway Coaches Poll; No. 4 NCAA Tournament
Past Week: (1-0), defeated Colorado in NCAA Tournament on Monday, 71-53
Upcoming: vs. Michigan (Sunday, NCAA Tournament Sweet 16)
Recognitions: None
Weekly Commitments: None
2021 Recruiting Class Ranking*: No. 2 nationally, first in ACC (four total commitments)*
Big Picture: For the third straight NCAA Tournament, FSU is bound for the Sweet 16. The Seminoles have dominated defensively in the first two games of the NCAA Tournament.

Women’s Basketball

Record: 10-9 (9-7 ACC)
Ranking: No. 9 NCAA Tournament
Past Week: (0-1), lost to Oregon State in NCAA Tournament on Sunday, 83-59
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU qualified for the NCAA Tournament yet again, but was manhandled by Oregon State in the first round. The Seminoles finish the season with a record of 10-9.


Record: 12-7 (8-6 ACC)
Ranking: No. 15 Baseball America; No. 17 D1Baseball; No. 23 NCBWA; No. 25 Collegiate Baseball
Past Week: (3-1), beat Miami on Sunday, 12-0; beat UCF in 10 innings on Wednesday, 6-5; defeated Wake Forest on Friday, 2-1; lost to Wake Forest on Saturday, 8-7
Upcoming: vs. Wake Forest (Sunday)
Recognitions: Robby Martin, OF (ACC Player of the Week; NCBWA National Hitter of the Week)
Big Picture: FSU has been red hot of late. The Seminoles had their 7-game winning streak snapped on Saturday. FSU will host Wake Forest in the rubber game of a 3-game set on Sunday.

Swimming and Diving

Ranking: Men No. 16 CSCAA; Women No. 25
Past Week: FSU men finished 23rd at the NCAA Championships
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: The swimming and diving season wrapped up for the FSU men with a top-25 finish at the NCAA Championships.

Track and Field

Ranking: N/A
Past Week: FSU participated in the FSU Relays.
Upcoming: Pepsi Florida Relays (Friday and Saturday)
Recognitions: Bob Braman (ACC’s Women’s Coach of the Year); Isaac Grimes (ACC Indoor Performer of the Year); Ruta Lasmane (ACC Women’s Freshman of the Year)
Big Picture: FSU had a strong showing at the FSU Relays on Friday and Saturday with four victories.

Men’s Tennis

Record: 6-11 (1-6 ACC)
Ranking: None
Past Week: (1-1), lost at Florida on Sunday, 7-0; beat Notre Dame on Friday, 6-1
Upcoming: vs. Louisville (Sunday); vs. Florida Atlantic (Friday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: After dropping six straight matches, FSU picked up its first ACC win on Friday with an upset of Notre Dame.

Women’s Tennis

Record: 13-3 (8-2 ACC)
Ranking: No. 4 ITA
Past Week: (1-0), beat Notre Dame on Sunday, 7-0
Upcoming: vs. Virginia (Friday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU collected its fourth straight win against Notre Dame on Sunday. After 11 days off, the Seminoles will be back in action on Friday.

Men’s Golf

Ranking: No. 1 Golfweek Coaches Poll; No. 3 Golfweek/Sargarin; No. 1 Golfstat
Past Week: Won Valspar Collegiate
Upcoming: The Hayt (Sunday and Monday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: Florida State lived up to its No. 1 ranking this week with a victory at the Valspar Collegiate. FSU is atop the Coaches Poll for the first time this season.


Record: 20-6 (8-2 ACC)
Ranking: No. 12 NCFA Coaches; No. 10 Softball America; No. 7 D1Softball
Past Week: (5-1), beat Kennesaw State on Sunday, 3-2; lost to Auburn on Sunday, 2-1; beat Boston College twice on Friday, 5-0 and 3-2; beat Boston College twice on Saturday, 4-1 and 10-2
Upcoming: vs. Notre Dame (Friday); vs. Notre Dame (Saturday, doubleheader)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU had a small hiccup at Auburn, but has played very well of late. The Seminoles have won 10 of their last 12 games.


Record: 12-5 (8-5 ACC)
Ranking: No. 25 AVCA
Past Week: (1-1), lost at Pittsburgh on Friday, 3-1; beat North Carolina on Saturday, 3-2
Upcoming: vs. Syracuse (Thursday); vs. NC State (Saturday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: After a mini 2-game skid to snap a 10-match winning streak, the Seminoles bounced back with a hard-fought win over North Carolina on Saturday. Two home matches is all that remains for FSU before the NCAA Tournament.

Women’s Golf

Ranking: No. 2 Golfweek/Sargarin; No. 5 Golfstat; No. 4 WGCA Coaches Poll
Past Week: FSU won the Pinetree Women’s Intercollegiate
Upcoming: LSU Invitational (April 6 and 7)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU dominated in Atlanta for its second win in three tournaments. FSU has just one more tournament before the ACC Championships.

Beach Volleyball

Record: 19-0
Ranking: No. 2 AVCA
Past Week: (2-0), beat Georgia State on Saturday at Gamecock Grand-Slam, 5-0; beat Stetson on Saturday at Gamecock Grand-Slam, 5-0
Upcoming: vs. TCU (Sunday, Gamecock Grand-Slam); vs. South Carolina (Sunday, Gamecock Grand-Slam); at USC (Saturday, doubleheader)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU remained undefeated with a couple of convincing victories in South Carolina. FSU will have its toughest test yet next weekend at No. 1 USC.

*247Sports Composite rankings

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

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