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March 10, 2014

Pick Six: A half-dozen to watch on the bubble

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FLORIDA STATE (18-12, 9-9 ACC) — The Seminoles had a reeling Syracuse team on their home court. Perfect time to make a statement. Instead, they fell 74-58. A .500 record in the ACC is nothing to sneeze at. But it could be time to ... start spreading the news ... BCS and NIT trophies will reside in Tallahassee this year.

GONZAGA (26-6, 15-3 WCC) — Gosh, is there any chance the Zags, with all their history and tradition and mid-major moxie, wouldn't make it? Well, was there any chance they might lose to Santa Clara on Saturday? The answer to both questions should have been a definitive 'No.' But that two-point squeaker over the ninth-seeded Broncos, thanks to David Stockton's layup with 1.4 seconds left, didn't prove much. Next up: St. Mary's on Monday. Time to impress. Just to show they can.

WICHITA STATE (34-0, 18-0 MVC) — Just wanted to make sure you were still reading. The Shockers are the first team to head into March Madness undefeated since UNLV in 1991. Only question: Is this the top overall seed? Oh, certainly there are things to nitpick — the mid-major resume, the No. 6 rating in the RPI, etc. Top-ranked Florida is out there and looking awfully good. But while the rest of the big boys are battling it out in conference tournaments, the Shockers will be back home practicing, their title already in hand. How will the layoff affect them, and the way the committee views them? Stay tuned.

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