The State of Florida basketball is prepared to get 2-seeded in the 2020 NCAA Tournament that never happened – except at simulations, like the one from ESPN Joe Lunardi who owns the Seminoles right down to the title game. But ‘Noles must be talented and deep enough to get the top seed once again next year. At least that was what was predicted by the initial projection.
Lunardi released his first projection at the 2021 tournament recently, and he has FSU on 4-line. Now the top four seeds should get geographic considerations, but that doesn’t always work, and he made Florida State start playing in San Jose against 13th-seeded South Dakota State.
But here’s the thing: no matter how high the seeds the Seminoles get, they won’t find the friendly opening task they will have in 2020, because they are all sure to play their first two games in Tampa. And it’s nobody’s fault; it’s just the reality of the host city of the 2021s.
Along with San Jose, other cities function as first and second round matches in 2021:
- Boise, ID
- Dallas, TX
- Wichita, KS
- Lexington, KY
- Providence, RI
- Detroit, MI
- Raleigh, NC
Was there never a North Carolina host site, so the ACC blue blood could make Sweet 16 without leaving the state? (You guessed it: Duke is projected to open in Raleigh.) However, the same Raleigh place – nine hours from Tallahassee – is the closest to home that ‘Noles can expect to start the game.
Before the Final Four in Indianapolis, regionals will be decided in Memphis, Minneapolis, Denver, and Brooklyn. There is no help there, unless you count Memphis, which is eight hours from Tally.
Following the FSU bracket, per Lunardi:
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