TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com)—After a record setting year, the Florida State men’s basketball team has earned a No. 4 seed in the West Region and will tip off against No. 13 seed Vermont in its first round matchup of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut on Thursday, March 21st at 2:00 p.m. on TBS.
With its selection into the 2019 NCAA Tournament field, the bid marks the 17th time the Seminoles will appear in the NCAA Tournament and the seventh time under Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. Florida State has now participated in the NCAA tournament for the third consecutive year and is one shy of its school-record four consecutive berths to the tournament (2009-12). The Seminoles have now competed in the postseason in 14 of Hamilton’s 17 seasons at Florida State.
Florida State enters the 2019 NCAA Tournament after one of its most successful regular seasons in school history. The Seminoles finished the regular season with a 27-7 record, a school-record 13-5 mark in conference play, a school-record eight consecutive conference wins (Jan. 22-Feb. 19) and reached the championship game of the ACC Tournament at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte as the No. 4 seed. Florida State defeated nationally ranked Virginia Tech in the quarterfinals and top-seeded Virginia in the semifinals before falling to overall No. 1 seed Duke in the championship game
Florida State will tip-off against Vermont in its first round contest. The No. 13 seed Catamounts finished the regular season 27-6 and 14-2 in conference play. They clinched an automatic bid by winning the America East conference championship.
The Seminoles hold a 1-0 all-time record against the Catamounts, winning their only meeting on December 30, 1976, 76-67.
The Seminoles enter the 2019 NCAA Tournament with an 9-5 record against teams in the 68-team NCAA Tournament field. The Seminoles defeated No. 1 seed Virginia, No. 3 seed LSU, No. 3 seed Purdue, No. 4 seed Virginia Tech (twice), No. 7 seed Louisville, No. 8 seed Syracuse, No. 10 seed Florida and No. 13 seed St. Louis.
Florida State redshirt sophomore forward Mfiondu Kabengele was honored as the ACC sixth man of the year while Kabengele and senior forward Terance Mann were named to the ACC all-conference honorable mention team. For Mann, his honorable mention selection marked the second consecutive season he has been named to the ACC honorable mention team.
Kabengele, who leads the Seminoles in scoring (career-high 12.9 points per game) and ranked second in rebounding (career-high 5.7 rebounds per game), was named ACC sixth man of the year in a landslide vote. As the only reserve in the country to lead his team in scoring having not started a single game, he earned 60 of 70 possible votes to take home the honor. Mann earned ACC honorable mention honors after leading the Seminoles in rebounds per game (6.4 rebounds per game), ranking second in scoring (11.2 points per game) and making a career-high 30 three-point shots on a career-high 42.3 percent from beyond the arc.