Florida State's Dwayne Bacon leaving early for NBA draft

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Dwayne Bacon said he felt like he wasn't ready to turn pro last year, which is why he took his name out of consideration for the NBA draft. This time the Florida State guard doesn't have any doubts. The 6-foot-7 sophomore said Wednesday that he will declare for the draft, which will be held on June 22, and hire an agent. "I had a lot of doubt about me last year.

After NCAA berth, Florida St. top scorers weigh decisions

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida State made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years, but whether the Seminoles (26-9) can return next season will depend on the decisions of their three leading scorers. Dwayne Bacon, Jonathan Isaac and Xavier Rathan-Mayes said after Saturday's 91-66 loss to Xavier in the second round that they had not reached a decision and had no timetable.

NCAA Tournament Capsules

Results from the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday: ___ EAST REGION WISCONSIN 65, VILLANOVA 62 BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Top-seeded Villanova was bounced from the NCAA Tournament by eighth-seeded Wisconsin, which overcame foul trouble for two of its stars in the second half Saturday to upset the defending champions 65-62 in the East region. Nigel Hayes scored 19 points, dropping a layup in traffic with 11.

No. 11 Xavier upsets No. 3 FSU, 91-66, in second round

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Xavier Musketeers didn't have the regular season they hoped to have. They are making up for it now. The 11th-seeded Musketeers dominated third-seeded Florida State 91-66 during Saturday's second round of the NCAA Tournament. Their second upset in the West Region put them back into the regional semifinal round for the second time in two years and eighth time in program history.

The Latest: After quiet start, March Madness gets big upset

The Latest on Day 3 of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 12:05 p.m. It took three days for the NCAA Tournament to produce a major upset. It was a stunner that busted a ton of brackets. Villanova, the defending national champion and the top overall seed, was upended by eighth-seeded Wisconsin 65-62. Fellow No.

Tall order: Xavier squares off against Seminoles' 7-footers

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- No.11 seed Xavier (22-13) vs. No. 3 Florida State (26-8) Second round, West region; Orlando, Florida; 6:10 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: Xavier will look to Sean O'Mara in the paint against Florida State the Musketeers will likely have to turn to perimeter shooting to take down Florida State. The Seminoles have the ability to dominate the paint with 7-foot-1 Michael Ojo and 7-foot-4 Christ Koumadje.

No.3 Florida State defeats No. 11 FGCU 86-80

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Florida State made the most of its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2012, beat a Sunshine State opponent. The third-seeded Seminoles held off No. 14 Florida Gulf Coast 86-80 in a West Region game Thursday night despite some sloppy play that allowed a late double-digit lead to disappear.

NCAA Tournament Capsules

Results from the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday: ___ WEST REGION NORTHWESTERN 68, VANDERBILT 66 SALT LAKE CITY -- Northwestern got its first-ever NCAA Tournament victory, 68-66 over Vanderbilt, after Commodores guard Matthew Fisher-Davis inexplicably grabbed Wildcats guard Bryant McIntosh on purpose, sending McIntosh to the free throw line for the go-ahead points with 15 seconds left.

The Latest: Arizona takes 1st step, beats North Dakota

The Latest on the NCAA Tournament (all times EDT): 12:55 a.m. It's been 20 years since a Pac-12 team won the national championship, and Arizona is out to match what the 1997 Wildcats pulled off. They're off on the right foot, beating North Dakota 100-82 in the final game of a day that saw two teams make their NCAA Tournament debuts. Northwestern's inaugural visit ended in a stunning victory over Vanderbilt.

A quick look at FGCU-Florida State in the NCAA Tournament

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- No. 3 Florida State (25-8) vs. No. 14 seed Florida Gulf Coast (26-7) First round, West Region; Orlando, Florida; 9:20 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: Don't expect a lot of great defense, but this game has a chance to be one of the most explosive matchups of the first round. Both teams like to get up and down and they fly to the basket.

FSU, Florida, Virginia, Maryland on upset alert in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- With Florida State, Florida, Virginia and Maryland playing in the same venue, the Amway Center has the potential to become Upset Central in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday. All of those higher seeds stumbled down the stretch and have enough flaws that professional and amateur bracketologists across the country have them on upset alert.

Hamilton goes up tempo to get FSU back in NCAA Tournament

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton says he gets his greatest enjoyment out of building, whether it is basketball programs or a large DVD collection of live shows. With Florida State returning to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012, many are giving Hamilton plaudits for constructing what most say is his best team. Florida State, the No.

No. 16 Florida St overpowers valiant Va Tech in ACC quarters

NEW YORK (AP) -- Soon after Florida State fans brought the tomahawk chop to Brooklyn, the Seminoles walked into the New York Islanders' dressing room at Barclays Center and chanted "Semi-finals! Semi-finals!" Dwayne Bacon scored all but two of his 17 points in the second half and No. 16 Florida State finally overpowered valiant Virginia Tech 74-68 on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

UNC, FSU earn top 2 seeds at ACC Tournament

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- No. 5 North Carolina, No. 15 Florida State, No. 19 Notre Dame and No. 8 Louisville have earned the top four seeds and two-round byes at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. The pairings for the event that begins Tuesday in Brooklyn were finalized after North Carolina beat Duke on Saturday night.

No. 15 Florida State earns second seed in ACC Tournament

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida State's 66-57 victory over No. 25 Miami on Saturday gives the 15th-ranked Seminoles a double-bye in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament and their first unbeaten home season in 41 years. But coach Leonard Hamilton wasn't about to get philosophical. "We have to keep things in perspective," Hamilton said. "We're not done yet. We have a ways to go.

Florida State's Ojo among ACC's most improved players

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida State's most popular player isn't one of the Seminoles leading scorers. That honor belongs to workmanlike senior center Michael Ojo. The 7-foot-1 Ojo's improved contributions on the court have helped the 15th-ranked Seminoles assure themselves a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years. Ojo has made marked improvement after sitting out last year due to a knee injury. After averaging a meager 1.