9-seed Florida State knocks off top-seeded Xavier at NCAA Tournament


In a insane turn of events, No. 9 seed Florida State handed No. 1 Xavier a heart-breaking loss that came down to the final seconds.

It's the second straight year the titleholder has been bounced from March Madness before the Sweet 16.

Florida State did not face much resistance from its first-round opponent, Missouri, either.

Hamilton, who waited in the locker room at Bridgestone Arena as No. 2 Cincinnati lost to No. 7 Nevada, had a unique perspective. Asked whether he felt the Musketeers tightened, Savoy said, "I felt like everybody on the court tightened up", which he called "the nature of the game". You really can't get physical with one of your guys like that.

Xavier would score no more, and wouldn't look very likely to do so. "It's the team that's playing well at that particular time".

With No. 1 seed Xavier and No. 2 seed North Carolina out of the picture, the door is open for anyone to win. Every point is going to matter in this game that determines which team moves on to the Sweet 16. "Pretty emotional ending, the finale of what I think is the best sporting event in our country". However, the Musketeers had a nine-minute cold spell without a field goal as Macura, Kanter and Bluiett each sat with two fouls. Mfiondu Kabengele had two huge putbacks, and drew a charge to foul out Xavier senior J.P. Macura late in the second half. With just a minute remaining in the round of 32 matchup, the 'Noles had gained their first lead of the second half at 71-70 following a pull-up three-pointer by junior guard P.J. Savoy. "I saw he backed up, and I let it fly".

FSU scored the game's final seven points and finished the game on an 18-4 run. He also set a career high with five turnovers.

"We were much better than Xavier in the last two and a half minutes of the game", Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said.

The victor will go on to face the victor of Gonzaga versus Ohio State, regardless of the two teams that meet it should make for one of the better Sweet Sixteen matchups.

Xavier has won 28 games in the NCAA tournament, the most without a Final Four appearance.

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"That's a bad question to ask me", he said sternly. But Mack noted Xavier has graduated 105 seniors dating back to 1985-86 and will be back.