Seminoles eke out eighth straight winning season

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- After four straight NCAA tournament appearances, Florida State is sitting home this spring watching three other in-state schools still in the hunt for a national title.

And while former Seminole assistant coach Andy Enfield leads upstart Florida Gulf Coast into the Sweet 16 against longtime archrival Florida on Friday, Florida State's Leonard Hamilton is at back to work gearing up for next season.

Hamilton needs to find a replacement for scoring leader Michael Snaer, but otherwise has everyone back from a team that finished 18-16 after their opening-round NIT loss to Louisiana Tech. The Seminoles didn't defeat a top tier team until late-season home court victories over Virginia and North Carolina State.

Hamilton said Thursday that his young team will be right back in the thick of things next year.

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