FSU earns No. 1 seed in NIT, will host FGCU in first round

Aaron Thomas and the Seminoles will continue their season when they host Florida Gulf Coast in the NIT.

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Florida State didn’t make the NCAA Tournament for a second straight season.

The Seminoles’ bubble officially burst on Sunday night when they were considered among the first four out by the NCAA selection committee.

Florida State (19-13) will instead host Florida Gulf Coast in first-round game of the National Invitation Tournament on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Eagles (22-12) lost to Mercer in the Atlantic Sun Championship game.

"This is a great opportunity for our team to continue playing and to gain experience in a postseason tournament," Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton said. "The NIT field includes many outstanding teams that have enjoyed outstanding seasons."

The Seminoles were awarded a No. 1 seed in the NIT. The Florida State-FGCU winner will face the Georgetown-West Virginia winner in the second round.

The Seminoles likely were just a win away from being in the tournament. But home losses to Miami and Clemson were missed opportunities. And Florida State also lost by a point at Florida and by two points in overtime to Michigan.