Memory lane: FSU’s biggest NCAA Tournament wins

Florida State was poised to make quite the run in the NCAA Tournament. With depth and defense, the Seminoles would have been in Tampa this weekend for the first- and second-round games.

While we miss college basketball, many fans have turned to networks that are showing classic games or searching for specific games on YouTube.

Here are some of the biggest NCAA Tournament wins for FSU basketball:

March 18, 1972: FSU 73, Kentucky 54 – Ron King, a Kentucky native who was not recruited by the Wildcats, dropped 22 points and pulled down eight rebounds in a victory that sent FSU to the Final Four. Reggie Royals added 12 points and 12 rebounds in what was FSU’s second (and last) victory over the Wildcats in eight games between the teams.

March 18, 2018: FSU 79, Xavier 75 – Braian Angola had 15 points and six rebounds and Trent Forrest added 14 points as the Seminoles scored some revenge on Xavier to reach the Sweet 16. A year earlier, FSU fell to Xavier 91-66 in Orlando in a second-round game.

March 20, 2011: FSU 71, Notre Dame 57 – Bernard James scored 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds, while Michael Snaer added 13 points as No. 10 seed FSU stunned No. 4 seed Notre Dame in Chicago. It was the first meeting between the schools and earned the Seminoles a spot in the Sweet 16.

March 21, 1992: FSU 78, Georgetown 68 – Sam Cassell scored 19 points and Doug Edwards had 15 points and 11 rebounds as advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1972. Alonzo Mourning scored 14 points for the Hoyas but FSU was able to get him in foul trouble and he fouled out with two minutes to go.

March 22, 2018: FSU 75, Gonzaga 60 – Terance Mann had 18 points and the Seminoles used a late 12-4 run to pull away from Gonzaga and advance to the Elite 8. FSU also had nine blocks, including four by Mfiondu Kabengele. It was the third time that FSU advanced to the Elite 8 and the first time since 1972.

March 23, 2019: FSU 90, Murray State 62 – FSU players wore “MC” patches on their jersey, paying respect Michael Cofer. The former NFL offensive lineman and father of FSU forward Phil Cofer passed away just days before the NCAA Tournament. Terance Mann had 18 points and eight rebounds as FSU knocked off Ja Morant (a future first-round pick) and the Racers to advance to the Sweet 16.

March 23, 1972: FSU 79, UNC 75 – Ron King had 22 points and Reggie Royals contributed 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Seminoles held off a late push from North Carolina to reach the NCAA title game. Otto Petty had 10 points and six assists while frustrating the Tar Heels on the defensive end.

March 25, 1993: FSU 81, Western Kentucky 78 (overtime) – Doug Edwards had 19 points and Bob Sura had 17 points as FSU held off WKU – which missed a 3-pointer at the overtime buzzer – to reach the Elite 8. The Seminoles fell to Kentucky two days later as the Wildcats reached the Final Four.

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