Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 18 of his 22 points in the first half as Florida State pulled ahead early and never looked back, beating Virginia Tech 86-75 on Tuesday.
Florida State cornerback P.J. Williams says he plans to declare for the NFL draft.
Mississippi State got a season-high 14 points from I.J. Ready and held off Florida State 62-55 Friday night in the final non-conference outing for both teams.
Florida forward Jacob Kurtz accidentally tipped in a Devon Bookert miss with 0.4 seconds left to give Florida State a 65-63 win against its in-state rival.
Second-ranked and undefeated Florida State begins its postseason quest for a second consecutive national championship in the same stadium it won the title a year ago: The Rose Bowl.
TCU moved up to No. 3 in the final College Football Playoff rankings before the teams are selected to play in the national semifinals, becoming the latest team to jump past undefeated Florida State.
The Florida State Seminoles found the defensive groove they’ve been searching for on Tuesday, but the offensive end of the court remains an every-game adventure.
Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton knew things might not be pretty Tuesday night. The Seminoles were down two junior starters and forced to start freshman who have played seven combined games.
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has pushed defenses around for two seasons, but it was an official’s turn Saturday.
Providence stunned Florida State by jumping out to an 11-0 lead Saturday in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic and then strolled to an 80-54 victory over the Seminoles at Mohegan Sun Arena.