My head is saying Ohio St comes out of this region, but my heart and gut are saying FSU can win this bracket. Early season losses notwithstanding, FSU is a darn fine basketball team. Winning this past weekend was no fluke. They have the talent, defense goes along way, and they have figured out how to score the basketball. Snare is in a zone with his outside shooting, and he is almost unstoppable when he drives to the front of the rim and shoots that little floater. They have 3 guys that can score in the post, and 3 guys in addition to Snare that can shoot 3's consistently. They have quickness, and good length, and they are deep.
One other thing in the ACC Tourney caught my eye. With 3 minutes and change left and a 8 point lead against UNC, Loucks jacked up a 3 with over 25 seconds remaining on the shot clock. Terrible decision given time and score. Much to my surprise, Leonard Hamilton came out of his seat and went nuts. He yelled and got Loucks attention and pointed at his temple telling him to "think". Not sure I have seen that before. Hamilton has grown as a coach in my opinion.
Is it possible FSU has a bad game and gets upset early? Sure. But that happens to "name" schools every year. Ask Kansas, or Syracuse, Pitt, Duke, UNC, UCLA, Indiana, etc.
There are other good teams that can come out of this bracket for sure. I just think FSU has what it takes to get it done. I will be pulling for them to do just that.
Congrats to Captains Amile Jefferson & Quinn Cook. Go lead this team to nets and hardware fellas!