The Florida State Seminoles (22-11) are heading to the Sweet 16 after an impressive rally against the top seeded Xavier (29-6), 75-70 on Sunday night.
Xavier took a 34-32 lead into halftime of this contest, and for much of the second half played as you would expect from a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament. However, in a tournament known for upsets, the Seminoles refused to crumble. After the Musketeers took a 56-44 lead, and held onto a 66-57 advantage, the Seminoles used an 18-4 run to take control of this game down the stretch. Mfiondu Kabengele tied the game 68-68 with 2:32 to go, and P.J. Savoy hit a three-pointer with 1:01 to go for the Seminoles first lead of the second half.
Florida State made Xavier the second number-one seed to fall on Opening Weekend after UMBC knocked off top overall seed Virginia on Friday in the biggest upset of the weekend, but for the Seminoles, it was payback from a year ago when then #11 seed Xavier routed Florida State 91-66 in an upset to advance to the Sweet 16.
Five Seminoles scored in double figures to make this upset a reality, led by 16 points and six rebounds from Braian Angola. J.P. Macura led the way for Xavier with 17 points and five rebounds in the losing effort. Florida Statee now looks ahead to a Sweet 16 showdown against fourth-seeded Gonzaga on Thursday night - tipoff is set for 10 PM from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.