Seminoles hope to repeat as ACC basketball champs

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Defending Atlantic Coast Conference champions. It's got a ring to it that Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton hopes to hear often.

Although the Seminoles lost a half dozen veteran players from the school's first ACC titlists, Hamilton believes this year's club is potentially better if a handful of top prospects are ready to provide the needed depth.

Michael Snaer is back for his final season and likely to be joined in the starting lineup by Okaro White, Terrance Shannon, Ian Miller and Kiel Turpin. While the Seminoles will miss the inside defensive heroics of Bernard James, the new until will feature a more up-tempo offense.

The Seminoles (25-10 last year) play an 18-game ACC schedule that features visits from North Carolina, Duke and preseason favorite North Carolina State.