March 16, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Florida State will play host to Florida Gulf Coast in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday, March 18, at 7:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles are one of four No. 1 seeds in the 32-team tournament and will face one of the four No. 8 seeds in the Eagles. The Eagles won the regular season championship of the Atlantic Sun Conference before losing in the finals of their conference tournament to Mercer.
The winner of Tuesday's game between Florida State and Florida Gulf Coast will meet the winner of the Georgetown vs. West Virginia game on date and time to be determined.
"This is a great opportunity for our team to continue playing and to gain experience in a postseason tournament," said Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton. "The NIT field includes many outstanding teams that have enjoyed outstanding seasons. We are excited to continue playing and we are excited to face Florida Gulf Coast. The field in the NIT continues to improve each season and this is quite possible the best NIT field I can remember. We really want our fans to continue to be behind our team as they have been all season long; we need the support of our fans against Florida Gulf Coast on Tuesday night."
Florida State enters the NIT with a 19-13 record and finished in a tie for seventh place in the ACC with a 9-9 record. The Seminoles were 1-1 in the ACC Tournament with a victory over Maryland. Florida State is the third winningest program in the ACC since the start of the 2005-06 season and is looking to win 20 games under Hamilton for the eighth time.
The Seminoles have won four of their last six games including a victory over NCAA Tournament participant Pitt (Feb. 23, 71-66). The Seminoles played 12 games against teams that were selected to play in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
Florida Gulf Coast enters the NIT with a 22-12 overall record and a 14-4 record in Atlantic Sun play.
The Seminoles' selection to the NIT marks the school-record ninth consecutive postseason appearance for the Seminoles - all under 12th year Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles have appeared in the NIT in six seasons under Hamilton (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013 and 2014) and made a school record four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 2009-1012. .
Tickets for the Seminoles' game against Florida Gulf Coast on Tuesday night will go on sale Sunday evening at www.seminoles.com and Monday morning over the phone beginning at 8:30 a.m. by calling 888-378-6653. Tickets will be $15 for adults and $4 for youth (ages 18 & under). All seating for NIT games at the Tucker Center will be first-come, first-served general admission seating. Fans are encouraged to order tickets in advance and take advantage of our Print-At-Home email ticket delivery to avoid possible lines on game night given the quick turnaround.
The first 1,000 students to enter the Tucker Center by swiping their valid FSU ID at the entrance will be admitted for free. Gates will open one hour prior to tip-off. After the first 1,000 FSU students have entered, student tickets may be purchased for $4 at the main Tucker Center box office.
Florida State's NIT Tournament Appearances Season Site Round Record Opponent(s) 1984 Raleigh, N.C. 1 1-0 Florida State 74, NC State 71 (OT) Greensboro, N.C. 2 0-1 Pittsburgh 66, Florida State 63 1987 Tallahassee, FL 1 1-0 Florida State 107, Rhode Island 92 Nashville, TN 2 0-1 Vanderbilt 109, Florida State 92 1997 Syracuse, N.Y. 1 1-0 Florida State 82, Syracuse 67 Tallahassee, FL 2 1-0 Florida State 68, Michigan State 63 Morgantown, W.V. 3 1-0 Florida State 76, West Virginia 71 New York, N.Y. SF 1-0 Florida State 71, Connecticut 65 New York, N.Y. F 0-1 Michigan 82, Florida State 73 2004 Wichita, KS 1 1-0 Florida State 91, Wichita State 84 (2 ot) Tallahassee, FL 2 0-1 Iowa State 62, Florida State 59 2006 Tallahassee, FL 1 1-0 Florida State 67, Butler 63 Tallahassee, FL 2 0-1 South Carolina 69, Florida State 68 (ot) 2007 Tallahassee, FL 1 1-0 Florida State 77, Toledo 61 Tallahassee, FL 2 2-0 Florida State 87, Michigan 66 Starkville, MS. QF 2-1 Mississippi State 86, Florida State 71 2008 Tallahassee, FL 1 0-1 Akron 65, Florida State 60 (OT) 2013 Tallahassee, FL 1 0-1 Louisiana Tech 71, Florida State 66