The Florida State Seminoles dominated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the final game of the round of 32 to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1993. It was never in doubt for Florida State as Notre Dame stumbled out of the gate and struggled to climb back into the game after falling into an 11-point halftime hole. Florida State cruised in the second to secure a 71-57 win.
It was more of the same in the second half as Florida State stymied Notre Dame with tough defense, pestering the Irish throughout the game. The Seminoles defense held Notre Dame to percent 31.7 shooting, including a 23.3 percent mark from beyond the arc.
Tim Abromaitis scored a game-high 21 points for Notre Dame in the loss. Ben Hansbrough scored 18 points before fouling out with just about three minutes to go. Bernard James had a double-double for Florida State, finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Florida State will face VCU in a surprising Sweet 16 matchup next week. Kansas is the highest seed remaining in the Southwest region that now encompasses three double-digit seeds and the Jayhawks, the No. 1 seed.
The full Southwest region of the NCAA Tournament bracket can be found below.
No. 1 Kansas def. No. 9 Illinois Fighting Illini, 73-59
No. 12 Richmond Spiders def. No. 13 Morehead St. Eagles, 65-48
No. 11 VCU Rams def. No. 3 Purdue Boilermakers, 94-76
No. 10 Florida State Seminoles def. No. 2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish