Fans React to Florida State's Upset Notre Dame

By: AP; Deneige Broom
By: AP; Deneige Broom

UPDATE 3-21 by Deneige Broom

All we wanted was for the 'Noles to make it out of the first round--and now they are in the round of 16. Florida State's improbable win against Notre Dame on Sunday earns them a spot in the Sweet 16 and a chance to make it to the Elite 8 for the first time in 18 years. Deneige Broom has more.

It's been almost two decades but the Seminole men's ball team is back on the road to the Sweet Sixteen.

"It's awesome, I love it. Go FSU!!"

The last time they were this close to Final Four action was in 1993 when Charlie Ward and Sam Cassell were the fan favorites. They've been replaced with guys like Chris Singleton and Bernard James --- but the excitement of sweet success is the same.

Michael Figgers, FSU fan, says, "I know a lot people were kind of sleeping on them earlier in the season especially when Chris Singleton got hurt but I always felt they were a good ball club with and without him. so them going the Sweet 16 kind of confirmed that they're a force to be reckoned with."

Xavier Viteri, another fan, adds, "We'll take it step by step. Hopefully we'll get to the Elite 8 and we'll go from there. My prayers are for the Final Four."

Sunday night's 71-57 win over Notre Dame is sending these boys packing to the San Antonio Alamodome where they'll face off against the VCU Rams.

Victor Lopez, Noles fan, says, "I want to see us get into the final four. We're going to play VCU next, hopefully we're better than them. We do have a higher seed than them."

"I do believe they'll be in the Elite 8. Especially with how they've been playing, they've been on a roll, they're always playing better everyday so I feel like they're in good shape to make it to the Elite 8. It's been the whole talk of the campus now."



Bernard James scored 14 points, Michael Snaer added 13 and Florida State showed there's more to its game than defense with a 71-57 upset of second-seeded Notre Dame on Sunday
night that put the Seminoles in the regional semifinals for the
first time since 1993.

It was an impressive effort by the 10th-seeded Seminoles, who
had four players in double figures and were 9 of 19 from 3-point

Florida State (23-10) now faces upstart Virginia Commonwealth in
the Southwest regional semifinals Friday in San Antonio. The
11th-seeded Rams, maligned as not worthy of being in the 68-team
field, stunned third-seeded Purdue earlier Sunday for their third
win in five nights.

For Notre Dame, meanwhile, it was another disappointing showing
in the NCAA tournament. Ben Hansbrough scored 18 on 5-of-13
shooting before fouling out with 3:19 left.

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