Florida State had their most successful NCAA tournament run in 1972 when they lost in the national championship game against the UCLA Bruins. However, the Seminoles have had two separate stints of sustained appearances in the NCAA Tournament in the late 1980s and again in the late 2000s. Overall, the basketball program at Florida State has reached the tournament more than 13 times, winning over 14 games and reached the Final Four once.
Florida State worked their way back to becoming one of the better college basketball programs in the late 2000s under head coach Leonard Hamilton. Hamilton has led the Seminoles to over three tournament appearances and has become a mainstay in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Hamilton has won over 225 games for Florida State in his 10+ years as head coach of the Seminoles.
Florida State’s run to the national championship in 1972 was led by head coach Hugh Durham who helped put the Seminoles on the map in college basketball. Florida State defeated high power North Carolina in the Final Four to earn their way to face legendary head coach John Wooden and the UCLA Bruins. The Bruins were in the midst of their 7 consecutive national titles when they faced Durham’s Seminoles. Florida State played UCLA very tough losing 81-76 behind 27 points from Ron King. Unfortunately, college great Bill Walton was too much for the Seminoles as he scored 24 points and added 20 rebounds.
Florida State Seminoles Recent NCAA Tourament History
In 2012, Florida State entered the NCAA Tournament as the third seed after winning over 20 games in the regular season. The Seminoles advanced to the second round before squaring off against the 6 seed Cincinnati Bearcats. Unfortunately, Florida State was unable to advance to the Sweet Sixteen as they lost to the Bearcats 62-56 despite 14 points from Luke Loucks.