The Florida State men's basketball team may have ended its regular season in subpar fashion, but were still able to accomplish one of its seasonal goals along the way.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will play Florida State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Trojans will play No. 3 seed Florida State on Saturday in Tallahassee, Florida. Nonetheless, the Seminoles closed the season winning the games they were expected to win and added a home victory against then-No.11 Clemson, while losing on the road to NC State and Clemson which pushed them out of a bye in the ACC tournament. The Seminoles will face No. 8 Missouri in the first round on Friday in Nashville.
Miami (22-9, 11-7 ACC) is making its 10th NCAA Tournament appearance, including its fourth in Jim Larrañaga's seven seasons at the helm of the program.
FSU enters the postseason with a 20-11 record, but the Seminoles went 4-6 in their final 10 games.
However, three straight wins temporarily righted the ship before three losses in four games-including a road defeat to lowly Wake Forest-put an NCAA bid in question. FSU lost to Xavier 91-66 in the second round of last year's tournament. That's the best 10-year stretch in school history.
The Seminoles are led by junior Terance Mann, who is tops on the team in scoring (13.2 per game) and rebounding (5.7 per game). A little history for Gators fans should know that they are 2-0 all-time against St. Bonaventure with the last meeting coming on November 17, 2016.Florida is also 4-0 against UCLA with victories in 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2014 - all NCAA Tournament games.