TALLAHASSEE, Fla -- Florida State will compete against one of the greatest collections of college basketball teams during the upcoming season as the Seminoles play a daunting schedule of ACC opponents, all of whom have helped set an incredibly high standard for success in the NCAA Tournament as head coach Leonard Hamilton released the ACC portion of the Seminole men’s basketball schedule. Each of the 13 teams on the Seminoles’ ACC schedule has advanced as far as the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament during their illustrious histories with ACC now being home to six of the last 14 National Champions. The Seminoles will play 18 conference games with all slated for television including eight on national television.
“The ACC is the most tradition-rich league in all of college basketball,” said Hamilton. “We are excited and eager to compete against such a distinguished group of teams that has achieved unparalleled success in the history of the sport of college basketball. Every game we play at home and on the road will challenge us like never before. “
With the additions of Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse in the last two years, the ACC is now home to three of the top five (No. 3 North Carolina, No. 4 Duke, No. 5 Syracuse) and seven of the top 50 (No. 9 Notre Dame, No. 11 Louisville, No. 25 NC State and No. 45 Pittsburgh) winningest programs in college basketball history. The ACC also boasts four Hall of Fame coaches (Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Louisville’s Rick Pitino, North Carolina’s Roy Williams and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim). With Pitino and Louisville joining the conference for the 2014-15 season, league members have won a total of 15 NCAA National Championships.
In the last nine seasons under Hamilton, Florida State is the third winningest program in the ACC, and since the start of the 2005-06 season, averages nearly 22 wins per season. The Seminoles are also the third winningest program in the ACC in conference games only and are one of only four teams to win the ACC championship during their outstanding nine-year run of regular season, ACC and post-season success. Hamilton is the all-time winningest postseason coach in Florida State history and is only 18 wins from becoming the all-time winningest coach in the history of the program.
“We realize that we’ve made progress over the last several years,” said Hamilton. “We have made progress but we aren’t content with the success we have achieved. Our goal is to continue to improve and put ourselves in position to become one of the top teams in the ACC. We want to contend for championships on an annual basis.”
Florida State begins conference play with a mid-December trip to South Bend, Indiana to face Notre Dame (Dec. 13). The game will mark the Seminoles’ first-ever trip to play at Notre Dame and their second game against the Irish as members of the ACC. Florida State gained a 71-57 victory over the Notre Dame that sent Florida State to the Sweet 16 of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The game is only the fourth meeting between the two schools.
The Seminoles begin their ACC season in earnest with a home game against Virginia Tech (Jan. 6) before consecutive road games against two of the league’s newest members Syracuse (Jan. 10) and Pittsburgh (Jan. 14). Florida State’s game at the Carrier Dome will be the Seminoles first appearance in central New York since an 82-67 victory over the Orange in the first round of the postseason NIT on March 12, 1997. The Seminoles will attempt to win their second consecutive game on the road at Pitt only four days later after their 71-66 win over the Panthers in the Petersen Events Center on February 23, 2014. The Panthers were ranked in the top-25 nationally for much of the 2013-14 season.
Florida State will then play host to 2014 NCAA Tournament team NC State (Jan. 17) before embarking on a crucial two-game road swing at Clemson (Jan. 21) and at North Carolina (Jan. 24). The Seminoles will play for their third consecutive home win against the Wolfpack, will look to win at Clemson for the second consecutive season and play for their fifth win in the last 10 games against the Tar Heels.
The Seminoles’ fans in Tallahassee will then be treated to a rare three-game homestand that sees Florida State play host to Wake Forest (Jan. 28), Miami (Jan. 31) and Clemson (Feb. 4). It will mark the first time since the tail end of the 2011 ACC season that Florida State will play three consecutive home conference games.
Sandwiched between the Seminoles’ three-game homestand and a home game against Duke (Feb. 11) is a trip to play at Virginia Tech (Feb. 7). Florida State’s game against Duke will be showcased on ESPN’s Big Monday series. It will also provide the Seminoles an opportunity to gain their fourth win the last seven meetings against the Blue Devils.
A Valentine’s Day game at Georgia Tech (Feb. 14) begins a stretch of three road games in four dates with the Seminoles also traveling to defending ACC Champion Virginia (Feb. 21) and to Coral Gables to face Miami (Feb. 25). The only home game during that period sees the Seminoles play host to Boston College (Feb. 18) with the opportunity to win their fifth game in six tries against the Eagles.
Florida State closes out its regular season schedule with two exciting home games against Louisville (Feb. 28) and Pitt (March 7) at the Tucker Center. The Seminoles’ game against the Cardinals will mark their first game in Tallahassee since Jan. 12, 1991 when the Seminoles topped Louisville, 77-66, in a battle of two of top teams in the old Metro Conference. The Charlie Ward-led Seminoles defeated Louisville, 75-69, to win the Metro Conference tournament championship in Florida State’s final Metro Conference game before joining the ACC.
Prior to embarking on their best-ever ACC schedule, the Seminoles will play a 13-game non-conference schedule with home games versus Florida, Nebraska, UCF, Manhattan and Northeastern. The Seminoles will play host to three teams that played in the 2014 NCAA Tournament including national semifinalist Florida, will play four games in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Classic (two at home and two on the road), one game in the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise, Fla., and a regular season game at Mississippi State in Starkville for the first time since the 1954-55 season.
Florida State opens its regular season in the newly renovated Donald L. Tucker Center with home contests against Manhattan (November 15) and Northeastern (November 18) in the first and second rounds of the Hall of Fame Classic. The Seminoles will travel to Uncasville, Conn. to conclude the tournament as they face Providence (November 22) in the semifinal round and UMass (November 23) in the final round of the event. It marks the first time in program history that the Seminoles will play in the Hall of Fame Classic.
“With all of the changes that have occurred in the ACC, the league is in a state of transition,” said Hamilton. “This league has been really good throughout its history, and it has only gotten stronger. In a short period of time, there has been a substantial increase in the competitive nature of our league.”
Season tickets for the highly anticipated season are on sale now. The newly renovated Tucker Center will play host to the nation’s elite. The Tuck will be the epicenter of college basketball this season. Purchase your tickets today.
2014-15 Seminole Men’s Basketball Schedule
(August 28, 2014)
|Nov. 3||Monday||TBD||Tallahassee, Fla.||7:00 p.m.|
|Nov. 10||Monday||TBD||Tallahassee, Fla.||7:00 p.m.|
|Nov. 15||Saturday||2 Manhattan||Tallahassee, Fla.||TBD||TBD|
|Nov. 18||Tuesday||2 Northeastern||Tallahassee, Fla.||TBD||TBD|
|Nov. 22||Saturday||3 providence||Uncasville, Conn.||2:30 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Nov. 23||Sunday||3 UMass||Uncasville, Conn.||12 Noon||ESPNU|
|Nov. 25||Tuesday||The Citadel||Tallahassee, Fla.||TBD||TBD|
|Nov. 28||Friday||Charleston Southern||Tallahassee, Fla.||TBD||TBD|
|Dec. 1||Monday||4 Nebraska||Tallahassee, Fla.||7:00 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Dec. 6||Saturday||UCF||Tallahassee, Fla.||TBD||ESPN3|
|Dec. 13||Saturday||* at Notre Dame||South Bend, Ind.||8:00 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Dec. 17||Wednesday||North Florida||Tallahassee, Fla.||TBD||TBD|
|Dec. 20||Saturday||5 USF||Sunrise, Fla.||TBD||TBD|
|Dec. 22||Monday||Stetson||Tallahassee, Fla.||TBD||TBD|
|Dec. 30||Tuesday||Florida||Tallahassee, Fla.||7:00 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Jan. 2||Friday||at Mississippi State||Starkville, Miss.||TBD||TBD|
|Jan. 6||Tuesday||Virginia Tech||Tallahassee, Fla.||7:00 p.m.||RSN|
|Jan. 11||Sunday||* at Syracuse||Syracuse, N.Y.||8:00 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Jan. 14||Wednesday||* at Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh, Pa.||9:00 p.m.||RSN|
|Jan. 17||Saturday||* NC State||Tallahassee, Fla.||1:30 p.m.||ACC|
|Jan. 19||Monday||* at Clemson||Clemson, S.C.||9:00 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Jan. 24||Saturday||* at North Carolina||Chapel Hill, N.C.||2:00 p.m.||ESPN/ESPN2|
|Jan. 28||Wednesday||* Wake Forest||Tallahassee, Fla.||7:00 p.m.||RSN|
|Feb. 1||Sunday||* Miami||Tallahassee, Fla.||7:00 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Feb. 4||Wednesday||* Clemson||Tallahassee, Fla.||9:00 p.m.||RSN|
|Feb. 7||Saturday||* at Virginia Tech||Blacksburg, Va.||3:00 p.m.||RSN|
|Feb. 9||Monday||* Duke||Tallahassee, Fla.||7:00 p.m.||ESPN|
|Feb. 14||Saturday||* at Georgia Tech||Atlanta, Ga.||2:30 p.m.||ACC|
|Feb. 18||Wednesday||* Boston College||Tallahassee, Fla.||9:00 p.m.||ACC|
|Feb. 22||Sunday||* at Virginia||Charlottesville, Va.||6:30 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Feb. 25||Wednesday||* at Miami||Coral Gables, Fla.||9:00 p.m.||RSN|
|Feb. 28||Saturday||* Louisville||Tallahassee, Fla.||TBD||ESPN/ESPN2|
|Mar. 7||Saturday||* Pittsburgh||Tallahassee, Fla.||TBD||TBD|
|Mar. 10-14||Tuesday - Saturday||at ACC Tournament||Greensboro, N.C.||TBD||ESPN|
All HOME GAMES are played at the Donald L. Tucker Center on the Florida State University Campus.
All Times Eastern
*Denotes ACC Game; 1 Denotes Exhibition Game at Donald L. Tucker Center; 2 Denotes Hall of Fame Classic at Tallahassee, Fla. ; 3 Denotes Hall of Fame Classic at Uncasville, Conn.; 4 ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Tallahassee, Fla.; 5 Denotes Orange Bowl Classic at Sunrise, Fla.; 6 Denotes ACC Tournament at Greensboro, N.C.