TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — For a faculty the place soccer instructions a lot of the headlines, Florida State’s basketball groups have achieved a big milestone.
Each packages are ranked within the Prime 10 of the AP Prime 25 polls, marking the primary time each have been ranked that prime on the similar time. The lads jumped three spots to ninth whereas the ladies dropped a spot to seventh.
That comes throughout what can be an enormous week for each groups. The lads host No. 7 Duke on Tuesday earlier than touring to No. eleven North Carolina on Saturday. The ladies host No. 9 Louisville on Thursday.
Tuesday’s recreation on the Tucker Middle would be the first sellout since 2013. The Seminoles (15-1) have tied a program document with eleven straight wins and are three-zero within the Atlantic Coast Convention for the primary time.
“It’s fairly cool and nice for each of our packages. It’s a particular factor,” junior guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes stated. “It’s a huge achievement for us, however our aim is to maintain enhancing.”
Going into the season, the lads had not been ranked because the 2012-thirteen preseason ballot. After beginning 6-zero, they entered the ballot at No. 25 however dropped out for a pair weeks after their solely loss. The Seminoles re-entered the ballot the week of Dec. 12 and at the moment are again within the prime 10, which is their highest in-season rating since they have been sixth the week of Feb. 22, 1993.
The ladies have been within the ballot 39 consecutive weeks and have been within the prime 10 for a lot of the season. They have been sixth final week, which tied the very best rating in program historical past.
Males’s coach Leonard Hamilton credited coach Sue Semrau’s program for his or her consistency the previous couple seasons, which has included consecutive journeys to the NCAA Event’s Candy sixteen. When it got here to his program although, Hamilton is making an attempt to maintain issues on a good keel because the group appears to return to the NCAA Event for the primary time since 2012.
“I feel our guys nonetheless really feel the ache of the previous couple years and know that we’ve to be at our greatest,” Hamilton stated. “I will probably be dissatisfied if we lose perspective. If we’re going to be an elite program, we’re going to have to deal with enjoying in entrance of various conditions.”
The lads have one of many youngest rosters in Division I but in addition one of many deepest with eleven gamers that common 10 minutes or extra per recreation.
Sophomore Dwayne Bacon has established himself as one of many group’s leaders. The 6-foot-four guard is averaging 18.1 factors per recreation, which is seventh within the ACC,…