Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FSU off and Running 'Noles `Had Something to Prove'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FSU off and Running 'Noles `Had Something to Prove'

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- LaMarr Greer could no longer contain the

feelings he and his Florida State teammates had shared since

Sunday's shocking announcement that the Seminoles had made the

64-team NCAA Tournament field.

So with a minute to play in yesterday's Midwest Regional

first-round game against Texas Christian, Greer raced up court

shouting:

"You don't want us here, but we're here. You can't do anything

about it. We belong!"

The 12th-seeded Seminoles made a strong case for their

controversial tournament appearance, beating the 13thranked and

fifth-seeded Horned Frogs 96-87 before a Myriad Convention

Center crowd of 13,349.

"You start thinking about all that was said, being called Wake

Forest by a television announcer; always reading about TCU and

very little said of us," FSU coach Steve Robinson said. "I think

our kids had something to prove. . . . By playing well

[yesterday], I think we showed some people we deserved to be

here."

In a two-hour span, the team that many felt didn't belong took

a giant step toward the Sweet 16. The Seminoles (18-13) can get

there by beating No. 13 seed Valparaiso tomorrow (2:20 p.m.),

after the Crusaders shocked Ole Miss 70-69 on Bryce Drew's

buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

There was no shortage of heroic efforts by the Seminoles, who

beat the nation's top scoring team at their own game for their

first win over a ranked opponent since upsetting Arizona on Dec.

23.

"Today we got them into a running game, and they're probably

better at the running game than we are," said TCU coach Billy

Tubbs, who saw the Seminoles shoot 53.7 percent from the floor.

Not only did FSU handle TCU's pressure, it frequently finished

with authority, with center Corey Louis and forward Randell

Jackson attacking the basket. …

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