March 20, 2011
After winning their first NCAA tournament game since 1998, Florida State faces Notre Dame. A win tonight would give the Seminoles their first win since 1993 (when the team featuring Charlie Ward, Bob Sura, and Sam Cassell advanced to the elite eight).
In 1998, Florida State was a 12 seed and upset TCU. Their second round opponent was Valparaiso, fresh off their shocking upset of Ole Miss (Youtube clip). When the Valpo upset happened, I immediately felt that the Seminoles were going to be run over by the freight train of destiny, and so it was. FSU lost 83-77.
This time the Garnet and Gold are the under-dog and I am a bit more hopeful. It is the first time the basketball teams have played each other. I believe the most recent match-ups between Florida State and Notre Dame athletics have been in Women’s Soccer, where the teams met in the NCAA tournament three consecutive years. In 2007, FSU beat Notre Dame in the semi-finals before losing to Southern Cal. In 2008 and 2009, the Fighting Irish were victorious in the quarter-finals.
Due to the late start time (9:30 PM on a Sunday ?!) and the lack of an over-the-air broadcast (it’s on TBS), I will not be watching the game, but will be cheering on FSU nonetheless. At battle’s end she’s great.