Lack of post-season accolades fueling Noles to put up in Charlotte

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By: Kevin Keane | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
March 13, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- When it comes to Florida State basketball, there's always been a sense of feeling disrespected or overlooked. The "power," players in the ACC - Duke, North Carolina, Syracuse - those teams get all the love.

And, deservedly so. They have a tradition of success that spans decades.

But what FSU has done the last few seasons is nothing short of impressive.

The Seminoles are building a tradition of their own. But it's been hardly recognized, most notably in the ACC end-of-year honors, in which only two players - Terance Mann and Mfiondu Kabengele - were recognized, and only garnering honorable mentions, that's a slight.

As Kabengele and head coach Leonard Hamilton says, the team is taking it as motivation entering the ACC Tournament on Thursday.

"Once the postseason awards came out, we saw how we stood and how people viewed us, so we took it to heart," Kabengele said. "It's our job to prove we're really who we are and a top four team in the ACC."

"I'm not really sure we've really had a whole lot of recognition," added Hamilton. "Most of the people who vote are not form Florida. When we go to media day, most of the guys can't name me five guys on my team. So that's not something we're concerned about."

Florida State opens the ACC Tournament with a 2:30 p.m. tip off against Virginia Tech, who defeated Miami on Wednesday. The game can be seen on ESPN.

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