TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State Men’s Basketball team, which won a school-record 29 games and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, is ranked No. 10 in the final Associated Press poll and No. 13 in the final USA Today Coaches poll of the 2018-19 season. It marked the second time under Head Coach Leonard Hamilton and fourth time in school history the Seminoles have finished a season ranked in the top-10 of the AP Poll and the third time they have finished in the top-15 of the USA Today poll.
Florida State’s No. 10 finish ties the school record for highest finish in the AP Poll while its’ No. 13 finish in the USA Today Poll marks the second highest final ranking in school history in the coaches’ poll. The Seminoles’ 1992-93 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight team was ranked No. 7 in the final USA Today poll that season.
The Seminoles’ national ranking of No. 10 marks the first time Florida State has been ranked in the top-20 of three consecutive season-ending AP polls. Florida State finished tied for 16th in 2017 and 18th in 2018.
Florida State has now finished the 1969-70, 1971-72, 2010-11 and 2018-19 seasons ranked No. 10 the AP Poll and completed the 1991-92 (No. 14), 1992-93 (No. 7), 2011-12 (No. 15), and 2018-19 (No. 13) ranked in the nation’s top 15 as ranked by the voting board of college coaches.
The Seminoles were ranked in the first 10 polls of the regular season and 18 of the 19 AP polls during the 2018-19 season. The Seminoles were ranked in the AP poll for a school-record tying 17 weeks in 2018-19, tying the school record of 17 consecutive weeks during the 1988-89 season. Florida State has been nationally ranked in the AP in each of the last three seasons – for 15 consecutive weeks during the 2016-17 season, for five weeks during the 2017-18 season and in 18 of the 19 regular season polls in 2018-19.
Florida State was ranked as high as No. 9 in both the AP and the USA Today polls during the 2018-19 season. The Seminoles were ranked No. 9 in both polls during weeks eight and nine of the season.
Florida State defeated a near school-record tying six ranked teams during the 2018-19 season. The Seminoles earned victories over No. 13/14 LSU (November 23, 79-76 in overtime) in the semifinals of the AdvoCare Invitational, over No. 14/15 Purdue (November 28, 73-72) in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge, over No. 16/17 Louisville (February 9, 80-75 in overtime), No. 15/16 Virginia Tech (March 5, 73-64 in overtime), against No. 15/16 Virginia Tech (March 14, 65-63 in overtime) and against No. 2/2 Virginia (March 15, 69-59) in the ACC Tournament semifinals).
Florida State defeated Florida for the fifth consecutive season meaning the Seminoles’ senior class (Phil Cofer, Christ Koumadje, Terance Mann, David Nichols and PJ Savoy) never lost to the Gators, won a program record 29 games and earned a school-record 13 ACC wins in finishing fourth in the best conference for college basketball in the country. The Seminoles defeated Virginia, who won the NCAA Championship, in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament to reach the championship game of the ACC Tournament for the third time in school history.
The Seminoles advance to the Sweet 16 of the 2019 NCAA Tournament – the second consecutive season they had advanced at least as far in the NCAA Tournament after advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in 2018. It marked the second time the Seminoles advanced as far as the Sweet 16 in consecutive seasons (also in 1992 and 1993).