Postseason Picture

In a year where the Seminoles had to replace a lot of talent coming off a deep postseason run, Mike Martin has his club in thick of things yet again.

No. 8 Florida State has been fortunate enough to compile a very successful season so far in 2013. The Noles' got off to the second best start in school history winning its first 16 games and seem poised and ready to take on postseason play in the coming weeks.

Obviously the ultimate goal for the team is to return to Omaha and give Mike Martin his first national championship. But in order to do that, there lies a long road ahead. With the regular season finale coming this weekend as the Noles' host Clemson for a three-game series, Noledigest takes a look at how the postseason picture looks to be shaping up.

ACC Tournament Picture

As of right now, the Seminoles are in line to be the third seed in next week's ACC Tournament. But with Clemson coming to town this weekend, and just one game behind FSU, anything is possible at this point. If FSU takes the series, it's likely they will receive the three seed in Durham. But if the Tigers handle their business, FSU could slip to the fourth overall seed and also put their chances of receiving a national seed in the NCAA Tournament in jeopardy.

Additionally, there is also an outside chance the Seminoles could receive the second overall seed depending on what happens this weekend. Virginia travels to play UNC for a three game series. As of right now Virginia has the second best conference record (20-18) behind UNC (20-5), and two games ahead of FSU (18-9). If the Noles' were to sweep Clemson, and the Tar Heels did the same to UVA, FSU would receive the second seed. With just three games left before the conference tournament, a lot is still up in the air, but these are the different possible scenarios. The biggest thing is that the Seminoles need to control what they can control and focus on a dangerous Clemson team on its way to Tallahassee this weekend.

Regional Picture

FSU is a lock to be a top-16 seed in the NCAA Tournament, meaning it will host a regional. Who will they host is the question, and many projections have arch rival Florida heading to Tallahassee for the first round. If the Gators do indeed end up in the Tallahassee regional there will not be a more intense setting among the other 15 host sites. This season FSU took the series against the Gators winning the first two games in Gainesville and Jacksonville. But in the third matchup the Gators went on the road and beat FSU in its own backyard.

The road will certainly not be easy and there is still work to do before the postseason begins, but the Seminoles look yet again like a team that can make a deep postseason run. In reality the postseason begins this weekend, as it will determine just how difficult that road will be for the Noles'. Until then, all one can do is speculate.

The first game against Clemson begins Thursday at 6 p.m. inside Dick Howser Stadium.


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