With a win over Virginia on Thursday night, Florida State opened the door for N.C. State to earn a bye in the ACC tournament.
N.C. State, 11-6 in the ACC, would clinch an opening-round bye with a win over FSU on Saturday. The Wolfpack would be the No. 3 seed if Duke (13-4) beats UNC (12-5) on Saturday in Chapel Hill. State would be the No. 4 seed with a win and a UNC home win on Saturday.
The Wolfpack, which has won six of its past seven ACC games, could still land the No. 4 seed with a loss at FSU. If Virginia (10-7) loses at home to Maryland on Sunday, the Pack would still avoid having to play in Thursday's opening round.
A Wolfpack loss coupled with a Virginia win against Maryland would relegate the Pack to the No. 5 seed.
The difference between third- and fourth-place isn't as big as the gap between fourth and fifth. The top four teams don't have to play on Thursday of the ACC tournament.
While other major conferences have had teams win four, and even five games, in the conference tournament, no ACC team has won four games in four days for the league title.
N.C. State was the first team to play four ACC tournament games in four days in 1997, losing to UNC in the title game in Greensboro, and the Wolfpack did it again in 2007, losing to the Tar Heels in Tampa, Fla.
Miami and Duke have already secured the top two seeds in the tournament. UNC secured a bye with Wednesday's win at Maryland.
N.C. State needed a Virginia loss to avoid a tiebreaker scenario with the Cavaliers. Virginia beat the Pack 58-55 on Jan. 29 in Charlottesville, Va. in their only meeting this season.
Virginia has lost two straight on the road, losing at Boston College this past Sunday and at FSU on Thursday. Michael Snaer's three-point play with 4.4 seconds left gave the Seminoles a 53-51 home win.
N.C. State beat FSU 84-66 in Raleigh on Feb. 19. Five of the Pack's six ACC losses have come on the road.
State, who was the No. 5 seed in last year's ACC tournament in Atlanta, would play the No. 12 seed as the No. 5 seed in the 2 p.m. game next Thursday in Greensboro.
As the No. 4 seed in Greensboro, N.C. State would play the 5-12 winner on Friday at 2 p.m. The No. 3 seed plays the 6-11 winner on Friday in the late game, which usually starts after 9:30 p.m.