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2013-14 Men's Basketball Schedule Released
Leonard Hamilton and the Seminoles will play a challenging schedule in 2013-14.


Leonard Hamilton and the Seminoles will play a challenging schedule in 2013-14.

Aug 22, 2013

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Florida State will play host to ACC newcomers Notre Dame and Syracuse for the first time in school history, host North Carolina and travel to play at Pittsburgh, Florida and Minnesota as head coach Leonard Hamilton released the Seminoles' 2013-14 men's basketball schedule. The Seminoles will play at least nine teams who played in last season's NCAA Tournament, may play two of the four Final Four participants and could play as many as 20 of its 30 regular season games against teams who played in a national postseason tournament a year ago.

Florida State's schedule in the new ACC with the additions of Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse could be considered the toughest schedule the Seminoles have ever faced. A total of 15 teams that finished in the top 100 of the RPI a season ago - including No. 1 Duke, No. 4 Miami, No. 8 Florida, No. 10 Syracuse, No. 11 Michigan, No. 19 North Carolina, No. 26 VCU and No. 30 Minnesota are on the Seminoles' schedule. Included on the schedule are three teams that won at least 30 games (Michigan, Duke and Syracuse), eight more who won at least 24 games and six who finished at least second or higher in their conference standings last season.

The Seminoles will play 18 ACC games for the second consecutive season with Notre Dame (January 21) and Syracuse (March 9) on the home schedule and a conference game scheduled at Pittsburgh (February 23) for the first time in school history. The Seminoles will play each of the 14 ACC schools (defending national champion Louisville will join the ACC for the 2014-15 season) at least once with North Carolina (February 19) and defending ACC champion Miami (February 10) coming to play in Tallahassee and the Seminoles traveling to play Duke (January 25) and NC State (January 29) - both NCAA Tournament teams in 2013 - on Tobacco Road.

The Seminoles will open their season at home against Jacksonville (November 8) and play five non-conference home games before ACC competition begins with a home game against Virginia (January 4). Florida State plays five games against teams from the state of Florida with home games coming against Jacksonville and Miami and road contests at UCF (November 13), at Florida (November 29) and at Miami (January 15).

"We are going to challenge ourselves again this season," said head coach Leonard Hamilton. "The ACC is going to be the best conference in the history of college basketball and we are excited that we will play Notre Dame, Syracuse and North Carolina in front our fans in Tallahassee. The aspect that makes our schedule even tougher this season is the high number of quality opponents we will play all season long including in the Puerto Rico Shootout. We have to go to Duke, Pittsburgh, Maryland and Virginia in ACC play and face VCU and possibly Michigan or Kansas State in Puerto Rico. We are going to face tall tasks from opening night through the post season and that is very exciting to our players."

Florida State will once again be a regular on national television with at least 15 games on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN News and at least three games televised on Fox Sports. Additionally, the ACC network will carry five games.

Florida State will play at Minnesota in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (December 3) marking the Seminoles' fifth game against the Gophers in the 16-year history of the challenge for conference supremacy.

The Seminoles will play three games in the Puerto Rico Shootout with all three coming at the Roberto Clemente Coliseo in San Juan, Puerto Rico (November 21, 22 and 24). Florida State will begin the tournament against NCAA Tournament participant VCU in the first meeting between the two teams since the Sweet 16 of the 2011 NCAA Tournament and will play either Long Beach State or 2013 national runner-up Michigan in the second round. The Seminoles will then face Charlotte, Georgetown, Kansas State or Northeastern in the final round of the event.

The Seminoles are looking to win an in-season tournament championship for the third consecutive season after having won the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic during the 2012-13 season and ACC Tournament in 2012.

The expanded ACC Tournament is March 12-16 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. - with the event beginning on Wednesday (March 12) for the first time in league history because of the recent expansion additions of Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse and the future addition of Louisville. Three games will be played on Wednesday, four on Thursday and Friday with the semifinals played on Saturday and the championship finals on Sunday.

"Every team in the ACC has improved itself," said Hamilton. "Every game we play is going to be exciting and with the addition of the new members of the ACC our fans are going to want to get the best seats to see the best teams in the best conference in Tallahassee."

The Seminoles return four starters to their 2013-14 team including senior All-American candidate Okaro White (12.4 ppg and a team-leading 5.9 rpg), point guard Devon Bookert (6.5 ppg and 2.4 apg) and guard Aaron Thomas (6.0 ppg and 2.4 rpg) to their starting line-up. Florida State finished the 2012-13 season with an 18-16 record and played in the NIT marking its school-record eighth consecutive postseason tournament appearance. Senior Ian Miller, who averaged 5.3 points per game as a junior, will also return healthy after being hampered by a foot injury during his junior season.

Each of its nine ACC games are included in the Seminoles' season ticket package. Season tickets are on sale now for the 2013-14 season. Fans can visit Seminoles.com or call the ticket office at 888-FSU-NOLE to order tickets.

Opponent Capsules

Jacksonville
Florida State opens its 2013-14 season as they play host to Jacksonville on November 8 at the Donald L. Tucker Center. It marks the third time in the last five seasons the Seminoles open their season against Jacksonville. The game against the Dolphins will mark the fifth consecutive time the two teams have met in the month of November. Florida State has won 17 consecutive games against Jacksonville since an 87-63 victory January 6, 1988 and is 5-0 under Leonard Hamilton against the Dolphins. The Seminoles played two teams from the Atlantic Sun last season. Florida State defeated North Florida on November 21, 2012 (75-67) and fell to Mercer on December 2, 2012 (61-56) and are 106-42 (.716 winning percentage) against teams from the Atlantic Sun. The Seminoles are 23-4 (.852 winning percentage) in season openers against teams from the state of Florida, a perfect 5-0 against Jacksonville in season openers and a total of 286-133 in all-times games against teams from the state of Florida.

UCF
Florida State will hit the road to battle UCF on November 13 in its first true road game of the season. The game will mark Florida State's first appearance at CFE Federal Credit Union Arena and the first road game in the history of the series which began with a 57-41 win over the Knights on Nov. 28, 1980. The Seminoles are 9-0 against UCF with seven of the victories coming in the Donald L. Tucker Center and two at neutral sites. The Seminoles' game against UCF will be its first against a team from the newly formed American Athletic Conference which reorganized as the AAC on July 1, 2013. Florida State last played a current member of the AAC on March 18, 2012 when it met Cincinnati in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The Bearcats took a 62-56 victory at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville in that game. The Seminoles have a 91-97 series record against teams from the AAC. UCF is coached by Donnie Jones. Jones made his debut as a UCF's head coach against Florida State on November 14, 2011 with the Seminoles taking a 73-50 win at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

Tennessee-Martin
The Seminoles will play host to Tennessee-Martin in their second home game of the season on November 17. The Seminoles' game against the Skyhawks marks the third consecutive time Florida State will play host to Tennessee-Martin and the second time head coach Leonard Hamilton, the 1971 Tennessee-Martin graduate, will play against his alma mater. Hamilton is 1-0 in games against his alma mater. The Seminoles last played the Skyhawks on December 22, 2009 with the Seminoles taking a 95-68 victory. Florida State has a 2-0 series record against Tennessee-Martin and a 18-3 all-time record against schools of the Ohio Valley conference. The Seminoles' last game against a team from the OVC came against the Skyhawks in 2009. Florida State's last game against a team from the state of Tennessee came against Tennessee Martin on December 22, 2009. The Seminoles are 41-52 against teams from the state of Tennessee including a 97-87 win over Austin Peay on December 4, 1976. Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton earned his master's degree and began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Austin Peay in 1972.

VCU
Florida State will play VCU in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Shootout on November 21. It will mark the Seminoles' second ever game against the Rams and the first game between the two teams since the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament on March 25, 2011 at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, Texas. Florida State is 0-1 against VCU and has a 32-15 record against teams from Atlantic 10. The Seminoles' last game against an A-10 team came against St. Joseph's in the championship game of the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. The Seminoles defeated the Hawks, 73-66, on the court of the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center. VCU is coached by Shaka Smart. Smart has familiarity with the Seminoles and has coached against Florida State five times -- as he was an assistant coach at Clemson (2006-08) and as an assistant coach at Florida (2008-09). Florida State is 3-4 against Smart-coached teams (2-3 at Clemson, 1-0 at Florida and 0-1 at VCU). Florida State leads the all-time series record against all teams from the state of Virginia by a 56-44 margin and holds a 7-6 record against non-ACC teams from the state of Virginia.

Long Beach State
Florida State could play Long Beach State in the Puerto Rico Shootout - a game that would mark the first time the two teams have met in the sport of men's basketball. Should Florida State face the 49ers, it would mark the first time the Seminoles will play a Big West team since defeating Loyola Marymount, 77-61, on December 19, 2011 in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have an overall series advantage of 4-2 over teams in the Big West. The 49ers are coached by Dan Monson. Florida State is 1-1 when playing against a Monson-coached team with its last win against his Minnesota team on Nov. 30, 2004 - a 70-69 win on the road at Minnesota in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge. Florida State is 12-7 against teams from the state of California including two games against UCLA. One of those games was an 81-76 loss in the NCAA National Championship game on March 26, 1972 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

Michigan
The Seminoles could face Michigan in the Puerto Rico Shootout. It would mark the Seminoles third meeting against the Wolverines with both of those games coming in the postseason NIT. The Seminoles and the Wolverines have split the first two games of the series leaving a 1-1 series record. This game will mark the first matchup against Michigan since competing in the NIT on March 15, 2007 at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center - an 87-66 Seminoles' win. The Seminoles are 3-2 against teams from the state of Michigan, with its game coming against Michigan State, a 65-49 loss, in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge on the road at the Breslin Center on Nov. 30, 2011. Florida State is 16-23 when playing teams from the Big 10.

Georgetown
Florida State could meet Georgetown in the third and final round of the Puerto Rico Shootout. It would mark the fourth meeting between the Seminoles and the Hoyas. The game would mark the first meeting between the Seminoles and the Hoyas since the second round game of the 1992 NCAA Tournament West Regional in Boise, Idaho -- a game that resulted in a 78-68 win for Florida State. The victory advanced the Seminoles to the West Regional Semifinals in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Florida State lost its next game to Indiana, 85-74. A meeting in the Puerto Rico Shootout against Georgetown would mark the first time that the Seminoles will match up against Georgetown's head coach John Thompson III. Florida State last played a member of the Big East on December 23, 2010, losing to Butler, 67-64, at the semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Seminoles are 13-13 is the series against the current teams of the Big East. Florida State is 6-1 when playing teams from the District of Columbia with its last win against a team from nation's capital coming against Howard on Nov. 26, 1995 - a 97-81 win in Tallahassee. Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton has an all-time record of 9-14 when playing against Georgetown with all 23 of those games coming when he was the head coach at Miami. Hamilton was 8-13 against Georgetown when they were coached by the legendary John Thompson, Sr.

Kansas State
Florida State could meet Kansas State in the third round of the 2013 Puerto Rico Shootout. It would mark the third time the two teams would meet up against each other. Both games resulted in losses for the Seminoles (December 10, 1966, 81-58; November 24, 1989, 71-70). The last time Florida State played a team from the Big 12 was on Christmas Day of 2010 against Baylor in the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, with the Seminoles taking a 68-61 victory. Florida State's head coach Leonard Hamilton is 8-13 against teams from the Big 12. The Seminoles are 1-4 against teams from the state of Kansas, last playing Wichita State in the first round of the NIT in Wichita, Kansas on March 17, 2004 winning 91-84 in double overtime. Leonard Hamilton has never coached against Bruce Weber.

Northeastern
Florida State could meet Northeastern in the third round of the 2013 Puerto Rico Shootout. It would mark the first time in school history that the two teams and first time these two head coaches (Leonard Hamilton and Bill Coen) will coach against each other. The last time Florida State played a member of the Colonial Athletic Association was at home at the Donald L. Tucker Center on December 18, 2007 when the Seminoles took a 66-61 win over the College of Charleston. Florida State holds a perfect winning record of 8-0 against teams from the Colonial Athletic Association. Northeastern's Coen spent nine seasons (1997-2006) as a member of the Boston College coaching staff (four as assistant coach and five as associate head coach), helping lead the team to six postseason berths including a trip to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2006. Florida State is 9-11 against teams from the state of Massachusetts.

Florida
The Seminoles will travel to Florida marking the 65th meeting between the two in-state rivals, a series that dates to 1951- the Seminoles' third longest series against a team from the state of Florida. The Florida State/Florida series ranks behind the Seminoles' 68 meetings against Miami and its 65 meetings against Jacksonville. Florida State trails the series but won three consecutive games from 2006-2008 including a 70-66 upset of the reigning national champion Gators at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Dec. 3, 2006.

Minnesota
The Seminoles will travel to Minnesota on December 3, as it plays the Gophers in the 15th Annual ACC/Big 10 Challenge. The Seminoles and the Gophers are tied with four wins each in the eight-game series that dates back to the 1972 season. Florida State last matched up against Minnesota in the 2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Prior to that the Seminoles hadn't played Minnesota since a 75-61 victory at home on November 27, 2007 which marked the first year for head coach Tubby Smith at Minnesota. The Seminoles are 1-2 on the road against the Gophers. The ACC currently holds the winning record of 10-3-1 for the ACC/Big 10 Challenge. The ACC won the first 10 Challenges (1999-2008) while the Big 10 has won three of the last four (2009-2011). The ACC and Big 10 split the challenge last year with six wins for both conferences. The last time Florida State played multiple games against teams form the Big 10 in the same season was the 2008-09 season as it lost to Northwestern, 73-59, for the ACC/Big 10 Challenge on December 3, 2008 in Evanston, Ill, and again that season in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Wisconsin, 61-59, in Boise, Idaho on March 20, 2009. Minnesota is coach by Richard Pitino - the son of current Louisville head coach Rick Pitino. The Seminoles have played against a Pitino- coached team three times - Rick (as the head coach at Kentucky) on March 27, 1993 and Richard (as an assistant at Florida) during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.

Jacksonville State
Florida State will play host to Jacksonville State at the Donald L. Tucker Center on December 8 for the first time since defeating the Gamecocks in Tallahassee by a 103-76 margin on December 4, 1954. The Seminoles and the Gamecocks have not met since consecutive seasons in 1953 and 1954. The game this season will mark the third consecutive time that the two play each other in the month of December. Florida State leads the Gamecocks by a 2-0 series advantage and are 18-3 (.857 winning percentage) in the all-time series record against the Ohio Valley Conference. Its last game against an OVC team came against Tennessee-Martin at home on December 22, 2009 with a 95-68 Seminole. The Seminoles hold an all-time series lead of 59-40 against teams from the state of Alabama with last playing two teams from the state during the 2012-13 season against South Alabama and Auburn.

Charlotte
The Seminoles will play host to Charlotte on December 17 marking the sixth meeting between the two schools. Florida State holds a 3-2 series lead. This game will mark the second consecutive season the Seminoles and 49ers will play with the last game being played on December 22, 2012, at the Time Warner Center Arena, the home of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets, resulting in a 79-76 Seminoles win. The Seminoles have won the last three games against the 49ers. Florida State last hosted Charlotte on January 29, 1977 - a game that resulted in a 76-65 loss for Florida State. Florida State is 83-132 in the series against all teams from the state of North Carolina and holds a 19-3 lead with the teams from North Carolina who are not in the ACC.

UMass
Florida State will travel to Sunrise, Fla. to take on UMass for the Orange Bowl Classic on Dec. 21. This marks the second consecutive season the Seminoles will play in the Orange Bowl Classic after defeating Tulsa, 83-63, on Dec. 29, 2012. This game will mark the Seminoles' first game against the Minutemen since a 73-53 Florida State victory on November 24, 2011 in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in Nassau, Bahamas. The Seminoles' game against the Minutemen marks their second appearance in the Classic against UMass. The Minutemen took a 69-60 win during the 1999 Orange Bowl Classic. The game matching Florida State and UMass will be the fourth such repeat game in Orange Bowl Classic history: Miami has played Florida Atlantic twice (2009 and 2012), Miami has played Nebraska twice (2000 and 2006) and Florida has played UAB twice (1997 and 2006). Florida State has a 3-3 all-time series record against UMass with both teams taking two games on their respective home court and splitting a game each on neutral courts. Florida State is 9-8 against teams from the state of Massachusetts.

Charleston Southern
Florida State will close out its non-conference regular season schedule as it plays host to Charleston Southern at the Donald L. Tucker Center on December 30, marking the second matchup with a team from the Ohio Valley Conference this season. This game will mark the third consecutive matchup that the two teams have played in the month of December. The Seminoles lead the Buccaneers, 6-0, in the all-time series which dates back to 1976. Each of the first six (and now seven games) have been played in Tallahassee. Florida State last played Charleston Southern on December 5, 2011 resulting in a 76-51 Seminole victory. Charleston Southern head coach Barclay Radebaugh has familiarity with Florida State's basketball system as he held an assistant coaching position at Miami for one season (2008-09). The Seminoles are 18-1 (.947 winning percentage) in the series against schools from the Big South Conference with its last game against a Big South team coming against Charleston Southern in 2011. Florida State leads the all-time series by a 77-54 margin against teams from the state of South Carolina and are 43-26 against non-ACC schools from the Palmetto State.

Notre Dame
Florida State will play host Notre Dame in the Donald L. Tucker Center on January 21, 2014. Florida State holds a 1-0 series record against Notre Dame. The game will mark the Seminoles' first game against Notre Dame as members of the ACC and the second time the Seminoles and Irish will meet in the sport of men's basketball. The Seminoles defeated then No. 4 Notre Dame, 71-57, on March 20, 2011 in the third round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament at the United Center in Chicago. The win sent the Seminoles into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in school history. Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton has an 8-3 record against Notre Dame and is 1-0 against Notre Dame while coaching Florida State and against Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey. Florida State is currently 6-10 against teams from the state of Indiana.

Pittsburgh
Florida State will travel to Pittsburgh on February 23, 2014 for the first time ever as a member of the ACC and will play the Panthers for the 11th time in the history of the series. The Seminoles last played against the Panthers on December 21, 2008 resulting in a 56-48 loss at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles are 16-16 against teams from the state of Pennsylvania and 2-9 when playing on a home court in the state of Pennsylvania.

Syracuse
Florida State will host Syracuse for the first time at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Senior Day, March 9R, closing out the ACC regular season schedule for both teams. This game will mark the first meeting of the two teams since Syracuse joined the ACC. Florida State is 1-3 against Syracuse with its last game coming against the Orange on March 12, 1997 in the first round of the NIT. The Seminoles took an 82-69 win over the Orange - a win that propelled the Seminoles through the event and into the championship finals. The Seminoles' game against the Orange will mark the second consecutive matchup that the two teams will play each other in the month of March and the first non-postseason game that will be played for that month. Florida State has played 13 different teams from the state of New York and have a record of 15-6 against teams from the Empire State.

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