Florida State Seminoles big tumblers in Week 16 NCAAB rankings

The new AP Poll punished Florida State for a couple of losses over the last week, losses that hurt the Seminoles’ chances for a top seed.

The Florida State Seminoles dropped two games last week, one to Texas at home and another at Virginia. They did turn in a 33-point victory over Clemson as well, however that result did little to redeem what was a very poor week. As a result, the Seminoles dropped down in the NCAA women’s college basketball standings on Monday. They are now the co-No. 8 in the rankings, tied for that position with Stanford.

The updated rankings saw the Seminoles drop down four spots and perhaps it has taken them out of contention for a No. 1 seed in the upcoming March Madness NCAA basketball tournament. The top four teams following the Week 16 rankings are UCONN, Maryland, Mississippi State, and Baylor. They combine for a total of four losses on the season, the number that Florida State now have. Notre Dame and Texas were the big movers within the top ten on Monday as they both went up up two spots.

There is a game upcoming this weekend between Notre Dame and Florida State, one that might resurrect the hopes of either team to get a No. 1 seed. The Seminoles will be on the road in the game, one that takes place next Sunday (Feb. 26th). Florida State also have a game against Pittsburgh on Feb. 23rd, a game that the Seminoles will host from Tallahassee.

Other games between teams in the top ten are few. Baylor, the No. 4 team, is at Texas in a game that takes place on Monday night. The Longhorns are a five-loss team, however they are also the No. 6 team. If they hand Baylor a loss on the Bears’ own court then Texas stand a good chance of supplanting the No. 4 team in next week’s rankings.

Another key game within the top ten this week will see the 24-4 Stanford Cardinal travel to face the 25-3 Oregon State Beavers. Stanford is the co-No. 8 team at the moment while Oregon is the No. 10 team. It’s possible that the winner of their upcoming Feb. 24th game will end up as a No. 2 seed in March.

It’s definitely getting down to crunch time in women’s college basketball hoops as teams only have a trio of games or so left before the straight-elimination playoffs start in the conference tournaments. Accordingly, chances to make statements are few as the top teams try to make cases for themselves to be seeded as high as possible in the upcoming national tournament.

Shane Lambert