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NCAA Women's Tournament Bracket: Florida State Seminoles preview

Florida State has taken off since midseason. Can they keep rising?

Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Who? The Seminoles of Florida State.

When do they play in the first round? FSU will play Alabama State on Saturday, March 21 at 1:30 p.m. ET.

What? The team name is derived from the Seminole Tribe of Florida, who have an official agreement with the university. You probably won't see Osceola and Renegade at a basketball game, though. Most basketball courts don't take well to flaming spears.

Where? Tallahassee, Florida, not far from the Apalachicola National Forest.

Why? Everything is solid. Why wouldn't you?

How? They were an at-large selection.

Surprise? Predicted to finish fifth in the conference, they ended up in second, one game back of Notre Dame.

RPI: 10

SOS: 44

Record: 29-4 (14-2 ACC)

Good wins: Louisville.

Bad losses: Washington in Mexico.

Who's driving this thing? Sue Semrau, since 1997, current president of the WBCA.

Extra, Extra! The Tallahassee Democrat.

I do not envy whoever at Florida State is in charge of tracking athletic eligibility and how many years a player has left compared to her academic standing.

Sophomore guard Leticia Romero has been a shot in the arm since becoming eligible at the start of the semester for the Seminoles, adding both scoring (10.5) and distributing (5.1). Junior center Adut Bulgak powers Florida State with 12.6 points and 9.7 rebounds, but she's only one of four Seminoles in double figures. Senior guard Maegan Conwright (11.7 points, 3.3 assists) and sophomore forward Ivey Slaughter (11.2 points) join Bulgak and Romero atop the scoring chart.

Florida State is deep, balanced, and thinks they have something to prove. I'm a little scared of them.