Florida State vs Bucknell : With Florida State’s tournament bid, it joins only Louisville and Notre Dame as the three current ACC schools who have made 14 of the last 15 NCAA Tournaments since 2005. FSU enters the NCAA post-season carrying the 21st-rated RPI despite having a roster that included no seniors and no returning starters from 2017-18.
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In a year where it was unsure if Florida State would even be in the NCAA Tournament, the Seminoles were comfortably in.
The No. 21 FSU women’s basketball team (23-8, 10-6 in ACC) replaced all five starters off last year’s team, but still made the field of 64 as a No. 5 seed.
It’s the Seminoles’ seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and 14th in the last 15 years.
FSU opens its NCAA Tournament Friday at 4 p.m. against the 12th-seeded Bucknell Bison (28-5, 16-2 in Patriot League) at Halton Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.
It will mark the first time the two programs have ever met. FSU is currently favored by 7.5 points.
Why FSU wins
If FSU keeps its success rolling, it will be because it is a team that doesn’t beat itself.
The Seminoles turn the ball over just 13.5 points per game, 51st in the country and tied for second fewest in the ACC with North Carolina.Florida State men’s basketball isn’t the only group of Seminoles who will be dancing.
On Monday, the FSU women were awarded a No. 5 seed in the 2019 NCAA Tournament and will be part of the Greensboro Region. The Seminoles will open things in Columbia, South Carolina against Patriot League champion and No. 12 seed Bucknell at 4 p.m. EST on Friday. The contest will air on ESPN2.
Despite losing more than half of its production in every major statistical category, FSU still managed to go 23-8 this season with a 10-6 record in ACC play. The Bison went 28-5 and topped American University to win the Patriot League Tournament.
FSU is in the NCAA Tournament for a seventh straight season and has advanced in each of the last six seasons. The Seminoles were upset in the second round last season against 11th-seeded Buffalo.
Should FSU advance, it will face either No. 4 seed and host South Carolina or 13th-seeded Belmont. South Carolina defeated FSU in the 2017 Sweet 16 and two years prior in the Elite Eight. The Seminoles have no prior meetings with Bucknell or Belmont.The Florida State Women’s Basketball team earned its 14th NCAA Tournament selection in the last 15 seasons, being chosen as a No. 5 seed in the Greensboro Region in ESPN’s Selection Monday Special.
The Seminoles (23-8) will face 12th-seeded Bucknell (28-5) on Friday, March 22, at 4 p.m. on ESPN2. The game will be held at Halton Arena in Charlotte, which is the home venue of the UNC Charlotte 49ers. The Bison won its Patriot League title game against American, 66-54, to secure an automatic bid.
The winner of the Florida State-Bucknell matchup will face the winner of fourth-seeded host South Carolina (21-9) and No. 13 seed Belmont (26-6) on Sunday at a time to be determined. All second-round game times for Sunday will be determined once all Friday games are completed.
Florida State fans interested in attending the first and second rounds in Charlotte can purchase tickets beginning Tuesday, March 19, at 10 a.m. from the UNC Charlotte Ticket Office. Tickets are general admission and are $16 for adults each day, while youth, senior and student tickets are $8 each day. Friday includes two games, while Sunday features just one second-round matchup.
Booklets for the entire weekend (all three games) are just $33. Fans can purchase booklets or single-session passes by visiting the UNC Charlotte Ticket Website or by calling 704-687-4949.
With Florida State’s tournament bid, it joins only Louisville and Notre Dame as the three current ACC schools who have made 14 of the last 15 NCAA Tournaments since 2005. FSU enters the NCAA post-season carrying the 21st-rated RPI despite having a roster that included no seniors and no returning starters from 2017-18.
The Seminoles’ 15-game win streak in the NCAA First Round will be put to the test against a Bison squad that has earned the highest seed in program history and the highest seed in Patriot League history. Florida State and Bucknell have never played each