July 3, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State men's basketball team will play host to Iowa Dec. 2 in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center in the fourth annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The game is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. (ET) and will be televised nationally by ESPN2. The Seminole/Hawkeye match-up is scheduled as the opening game of the nine-game event and will be the only game played on the first night of the three-night nationally televised spectacular.
The game will be the second meeting between Florida State and Iowa in men's basketball. The No. 17- ranked Hawkeyes defeated the Seminoles, 102-98, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament March 18, 1988 in Los Angeles, Calif. Iowa was the No. 5 seed and the Seminoles the No. 12 seed in the West Regional bracket of the tournament. Iowa advanced to the regional semifinals before falling to Final Four participant Arizona, 99-79.
Junior guard Tony Dawson led the Seminoles with 30 points against the Hawkeyes in the first game between the two teams. George McCloud, a future first round NBA draft choice, added 21 points. Florida State outscored Iowa, 52-51, in the second half as the Seminoles made a valiant comeback effort. The 98 points scored by the Seminoles marked the most points scored in an NCAA Tournament game in school history. Florida State's appearance in the 1988 tournament marked their first appearance in the tournament since the 1980 season (a span of eight years) and was the first of five appearances in the next six years during one of the top eras of Seminole basketball history.
Florida State is 1-2 during the first three years of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Seminoles defeated Northwestern, 60-46, Dec. 1. 1999 to clinch the Commissioner's Cup for the ACC. Florida State fell to Minnesota, 76-71, Dec. 4, 2000 and lost to Northwestern, 57-50, Nov. 28, 2001.
The ACC has won the Commissioner's Cup, awarded to the winning conference, all three years of the Challenge. Last year, the ACC won five of the eight games played.
2002 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Monday Dec. 2 9 p.m. ESPN2 Iowa at Florida State (Leon County Civic Center, Tallahassee, Fla.)