Aug. 23, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State men's basketball team will play host to Duke and North Carolina while traveling to play defending national champion Florida as Head Coach Leonard Hamilton released the Seminoles' 2007-08 basketball schedule. The Seminoles will play 10 teams that were nationally ranked a year ago and will face nine teams that played in the 2007 NCAA Tournament and three teams that competed in last year's NIT as they continue to play one of the nation's most challenging schedules.
The Seminoles will face the NCAA National Champions (Florida), one team that advanced to the Elite Eight (North Carolina), one team that advanced to the Sweet 16 (Butler) and four teams who won at least one game in the NCAA tournament (Boston College, Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech). The Seminoles are scheduled to face one team that won a national championship (Florida, NCAA) and another that played for a national championship (Clemson, NIT).
In addition to facing eight ACC teams that were nationally ranked last season, the Seminoles will play Florida (last year's No. 1 ranked team), Butler (who ranked as high as 10th nationally in 2006-07) and a Tubby Smith coached Minnesota team in the Big-Ten/ACC Challenge. Smith is in his first season with the Gophers after nine years as the head coach at Kentucky. He led the Wildcats to the 1997 National Championship and to a national ranking as high as 18th during the 2006-07 season.
The Seminoles will also face Providence from the Big East and UAB from Conference USA - two teams picked to finish among the top teams in their respective leagues. Providence returns four starters while UAB is picked to challenge Memphis for the CUSA Championship. Florida State will play a second team from the Big East -- USF -- and its new head coach Stan Heath -- in the third round of the Glenn Wilkes Classic.
"Our non-conference schedule will definitely prepare us for our ACC schedule which begins in December," said Hamilton. "The teams that we will play in November and December -- Butler, Providence, UAB, USF and Minnesota -- will provide us the types of opponents who will help us become a better team as well as help us stay in the national forefront once conference play across the nation heats up. The quality of the teams we will play once the ACC schedule begins is undeniable with each of our conference opponents battling for a spot in the NCAA Tournament."
Florida State will play 31 regular season games in eight different states. The Seminoles will play 22 games in the state of Florida, one game in Georgia, one in Indiana (Butler), one in Maryland, three in North Carolina (Wake Forest, NC State, North Carolina), one in Rhode Island (Providence), one in South Carolina (Clemson) and two in Virginia (Virginia, Virginia Tech).
Florida State opens its season against Nicholls State on Nov. 9 to mark the earliest date a regular season game has been played in school history. Florida State's opener is three days earlier than its season opener of last season, which came on Nov. 12. The latest an opening day has ever been came during the first season of basketball at Florida State when the Seminoles opened their season on Dec. 10, 1947 against Spring Hill College.
Florida State will play 17 regular season games at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center - nine non-conference and eight conference games. The Seminoles will host both Duke (Jan. 16) and North Carolina (Feb. 2) for the first time since the 2005-06 season. The Seminoles begin season hosting two exhibition games at home - West Florida on Halloween (Oct. 31) and Valdosta State on Nov. 6. The Seminoles' exhibition game against Valdosta State will be played with the proceeds benefiting the Aubry Boyd Fund. Boyd, a four-year letter-winner for the Seminoles from 1988-91, was injured in 1995 during a pick-up football game and is paralyzed from the neck down.
2007-08 Florida State Men's Basketball Schedule Date Day Opponent TV Time N9 Fri. Nicholls State 7:00 N12 Mon. Georgia Southern 7:00 Glenn Wilkes Classic, Tallahassee, Fla. N16 Fri. vs. UAB 8:15 Glenn Wilkes Classic, Daytona Beach, Fla. N17 Sat. vs. Cleveland State 6:00 Glenn Wilkes Classic, Daytona Beach, Fla. N18 Sun. vs. South Florida 8:15 Glenn Wilkes Classic, Daytona Beach, Fla. N20 Tues. Georgia State FSN-FL 7:00 N23 Fri. at Florida FSN-FL 7:00 N27 Tues. Minnesota ESPN2 7:30 ACC-Big Ten Challenge N30 Fri. Stetson FSN-FL 7:00 D2 Sun. Samford FSN-FL 2:00 D8 Sat. Maine FSN-FL 7:00 D15 Sat. vs. Butler 6:00 John Wooden Tradition, Indianapolis, Ind. D18 Tues. College of Charleston 7:00 D22 Sat. at Providence 7:30 D30 Sun. at Georgia Tech FSN 5:30 J5 Sat. LaSalle FSN-FL 7:00 J12 Sat. at Clemson 7:00 J16 Wed. Duke ESPN 7:00 J20 Sun. at Wake Forest RLF 1:00 J23 Wed. Virginia 7:00 J26 Sat. NC State RLF 1:30 J29 Tues. at Virginia Tech SUN 9:00 F3 Sun. North Carolina FSN 2:00 F6 Wed. at Miami 7:30 F14 Thur. Wake Forest RLF 9:00 F16 Sat. at Maryland RLF 3:00 F19 Tues. Clemson SUN 7:00 F23 Sat. Boston College SUN 12:00 F27 Wed. at NC State ESPNU 7:00 M4 Tues. at North Carolina SUN 8:00 M8 Sat. Miami SUN 12:00 M13-16 Tr.-Sn. 55th Annual ACC Tournament Charlotte (NC) Bobcats Arena ESPN TBA
* Florida State has zero first-time opponents on its 2007-08 schedule. The Seminoles are meeting up with three teams -- Alabama-Birmingham (first-game since 1980), Samford (first game since 1989) and La Salle (first game since 1990) - that they have not played in more than 15 years.
* Florida State will play six games against first-year head coaches this season. Four of the coaches are in their first seasons at their respective schools and one is in his first year as a head coach on the Division I level. The Seminoles will play host Minnesota and first-year head coach Tubby Smith in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 27; they will play host to Georgia State and new coach Rod Barnes on Nov. 20; the Seminoles will face USF and Stan Heath in the final round of the Glenn Wilkes Classic on Nov. 18 in Daytona Beach, play Wake Forest and new Head Coach Dino Gaudio twice and travel to Indianapolis to play Butler and its first-year Head Coach Brad Stevens on Dec. 15 in the Wooden Tradition in Conseco Fieldhouse.
* Florida State will face nine teams that played in the NCAA Tournament and three teams that played in the NIT for a total of 12 teams that played in the post season in 2007. The Seminoles will face the NCAA National Champions (Florida), one team that advanced to the Elite 8 (North Carolina), on team that advanced to the Sweet 16 (Butler) and four teams who won at least one game in the tournament (Boston College, Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech). The Seminoles are scheduled to face one team that won a national championship (Florida, NCAA) and another that played for a national championship (Clemson, NIT).
NCAA NIT Florida (No. 1 seed, Midwest) - National Champion Providence (No. 5 Seed, Mississippi St. Bracket) Butler (No. 5 Seed, Midwest) - Sweet 16 NC State (No. 6 Seed, West Virginia Bracket) Maryland (No. 4 seed, Midwest) - Round of 32 Clemson (No. 1 Seed, Clemson Bracket) Georgia Tech (No. 10 seed Midwest) - Field of 64 Virginia Tech (No. 5 seed, West) - Round of 32 Duke (No. 6 seed, West) - Field of 64 North Carolina (No. 1 seed, East) - Elite 8 Boston College (No. 7 seed, East) - Round of 32 Virginia (No. 4 seed, South) - Round of 32
* Florida State will play its first 11 games of the season in the state of Florida - but in three different locations. The Seminoles will play host to Nicholls State and Georgia Southern to open the season before traveling to Daytona Beach for the Glenn Wilkes Classic where they will play UAB, Cleveland State and USF before returning to the Donald L. Tucker Center for a home game against Georgia State. The Seminoles will then venture south to Gainesville to play at Florida before closing out their state of Florida road trip in Tallahassee against Minnesota, Stetson, Samford and Maine.
* Florida State's season opener against Nicholls State marks the second consecutive season the Seminoles will open their season against a team from the Southland Conference. The Seminoles defeated McNeese State, 85-65, in the first round of the Colonial Classic in Tallahassee on Nov. 12, 2006 to begin the 2006-07 season. Florida State also opened its 1998-99 season with a victory over Southland member Sam Houston State (88-51; Dec. 13, 1998) and enters the 2007-08 season with a 2-0 record against Southland Conference teams in season opening games.
* Florida State will play host to Georgia Southern in the first round of the Glenn Wilkes Classic on Nov. 12 in Tallahassee. It marks the first time the Seminoles will play the Eagles since the 1998 season when Florida State earned an 80-43 victory in Tallahassee. The Seminoles lead the overall series (which dates back to the 1962 season) by a 14-4 margin. The Seminoles have won seven consecutive games in the series between the two teams.
* Florida State plays host to Georgia State on Nov. 20. The Panthers are a member of the Colonial Athletic Association and are the first team from the CAA to play in Tallahassee since the Seminoles played host to James Madison on Jan. 12, 1977 in Tully Gym. The Seminoles defeated the Dukes, 69-66, in the home game. Florida State has an all-time record of 6-1 (.857 winning percentage) against current teams from the CAA.
* Florida State's game against Georgia State is a return game from last season when the Seminoles traveled to Atlanta and defeated the Panthers, 87-55, on Dec. 7, 2006. The Panthers are coached by Rod Barnes, the former head coach at Ole Miss. Led by Jason Rich's 12 points, the Leonard Hamilton-coached Seminoles defeated the Rod Barnes-coached Rebels, 66-60, on Dec. 3, 2003 in Oxford, Miss. Barnes was an assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma during the 2006-07 season. Eugene Harris, a former Seminole player, is in his first season as an assistant coach at Georgia State. As a college player, Harris was a three-year starter for the under Coach Hugh Durham. The guard was a co-captain of the Florida State team that won the Metro Conference in 1978 and was the team's most valuable defensive player winner for three seasons. Harris is the 43rd all-time leading scorer in Seminole history with 956 points and an 8.9 points per game average in 107 career games and graduated from Florida State in 1979.
* Florida State's game against UAB in the Glenn Wilkes Classic and its game against Providence will mark the second games in which the Seminoles will face former FSU assistants during the season. Donnie Marsh, a current assistant head coach at UAB, was an assistant coach at Florida State from 1995-97 and helped the Seminoles reach the championship finals of the postseason NIT. In Providence, the Seminoles will face Tim Welsh, the Friars current head coach, who was a Seminole assistant from 1986-88 and Vince Cautero, a current Friar assistant coach, who was an assistant coach at Florida State from 1988-1992. Cautero got his start in college coaching at Florida State University where he spent eight years, four as an assistant to Pat Kennedy from 1988-92. During that time, he helped the Seminoles' program as they made four trips to the NCAA Tournament and one to the NIT. In 1991-92, Florida State advanced to the Sweet 16. He coached Seminole greats and future NBA stars Sam Cassell, Charlie Ward, Doug Edwards, George McCloud and Bob Sura. A 1988 graduate of Florida State University, Cautero served as the Seminole's team manager as an undergrad before earning a place on Kennedy's staff.
* Florida State travels to play at Florida on Nov. 23 - the night before the Seminoles and the Gators meet in football at the Swamp in Gainesville. It will mark the third consecutive season the Seminoles will play the defending national champion after playing North Carolina twice during the 2005-06 season and the Gators during the 2006-07 season. The Seminoles have faced the defending national champion in 13 different years a total of 22 times. Florida State defeated the defending national champions Gators last season (Dec. 3, 2005, 70-66) and the defending national champion Arizona Wildcats (Dec. 23, 1997, 84-79) with both wins coming in Tallahassee.
* Since Florida State joined the ACC for the 1991-92 season, the national champion has come from the nation's top league a total of five times - Duke in 1992, North Carolina in 1993, Duke in 2001, Maryland in 2002 and North Carolina in 2005. The national champion - Louisville in 1980 and 1986 - came from the Metro Conference when the Seminoles were a member.
* Florida State played in the 1972 NCAA National Championship game. After defeating Minnesota, Kentucky and North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament, the Seminoles fell at UCLA, 81-76, on the Bruins' home court at Pauley Pavilion.
* Florida State plays host to Minnesota in the Ninth Annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge. It will mark the third time in the history of the challenge that Florida State will face Minnesota in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Seminoles defeated the Gophers, 70-69, on Nov. 29, 2004 in Minneapolis and fell to Minnesota, 76-71, on Nov. 29, 2000 in Tallahassee. It will mark the second time the Seminoles have faced the same opponent in the challenge. The Seminoles have played Northwestern three times (1999, 2001, 2003) and are 2-1 against the Wildcats.
* Florida State's game against Minnesota and its new head coach Tubby Smith marks one of five opponents the Seminoles' will face whose coach has won at least one national championship. Smith guided Kentucky to the 1998 national championship. The Seminoles will also face Duke (Mike Krzyzewski, 1991, 2001, 2002), Florida (Billy Donovan, 2006, 2007), Maryland (Gary Williams, 2002) and North Carolina (Roy Williams, 2005) during the regular season.
* Florida State will play host to Stetson on Nov. 30 in Tallahassee. The game against the Hatters marks the sixth consecutive season the two teams will meet and is the second longest contiguous non-conference series the Seminoles will continue to play during the 2007-08 season. The Seminoles have played Florida every season since the 1978-79 season - a span of 36 consecutive seasons including this season.
* Florida State will play host the Samford on Dec. 2. The Seminoles' game against the Bulldogs is the first meeting between the two teams since Dec. 19, 1989 when Florida State took a 100-62 victory over Samford in Tully Gymnasium on the FSU Campus. Samford is the alma mater of Seminoles football coach Bobby Bowden. Bowden graduated from Samford (then Howard College) in 1953 and was an assistant football and head track coach following his playing days. Bowden was a quarterback during his collegiate playing days.
* Florida State will travel to play Butler in the Wooden Tradition at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., on Dec. 15. The Seminoles' game against the Bulldogs will mark the first meeting between the two teams since the first round of the 2006 NIT when Florida State defeated Butler, 67-63. Florida State and Butler have met three times previously with the Seminoles holding a 2-1 series advantage. The Seminoles are making their first appearance in the Wooden Tradition. The event is a one-day doubleheader with Purdue and Louisville playing before Florida State and Butler.
* Florida State's game against Butler at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis will mark the first time since Dec. 23, 1998 that the Seminoles will play a game in the basketball rich state of Indiana. The last time the Seminoles traveled to the Hoosier State was to play Butler in Hinkle Fieldhouse. Hinkle Fieldhouse is named a after a distant cousin of the Tallahassee Hinkle family including Lee Hinkle who is the Vice President for University Relations at Florida State.
* Florida State will play host to the College of Charleston and its second-year Head Coach Bobby Cremins on Dec. 18. The silver-haired Cremins is no stranger to the Donald L. Tucker Center having broadcast numerous games for the Lincoln Financial / Jefferson Pilot ACC Television package within the last six seasons. The Seminoles were 11-8 against Cremins when he was the head coach at Georgia Tech from 1982-2000. The Seminoles and Yellow Jackets met annually when Florida State joined the ACC for the 1991-92 season. Florida State was 5-4 at home in the Tucker Center against Cremins and his Yellow Jackets.
* In playing host to the College of Charleston, the Seminoles will welcome back one of their favorite sons - Andrew Wilson - to the gymnasium where he played for six years during his career as a Seminole. Wilson, who was recruited by Cremins to play at Georgia Tech, opted to play for Florida State, where he completed his career during following the 2005-06 season. He averaged a career-high 6.3 points while helping the Seminoles to the second round of the NIT in 2006. Wilson played in a school-record 129 games at FSU, and earned a master's degree in sports administration. He was named to the ACC Academic team three times, named to the ACC Honor Roll four times and named to the Dean's List three times.
* Florida State will travel to play at Providence on Dec. 22 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center on the Providence College campus. The Seminoles' game against the Friars is the return of a home-and-home series which saw Florida State defeat Providence, 92-62, on Dec. 29, 2006 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. The game marks the second ever game between Florida State and Providence in the sport of men's basketball.
* Florida State's game against Providence will mark the second consecutive season the Seminoles' will play on the home floor of a Big East team. The Seminoles traveled to play at Pittsburgh on Nov. 24, 2006 and have played on the Panthers' home court twice during the Leonard Hamilton era at Florida State. Recently, the Seminoles have won at Syracuse (March 12, 1997) and at Seton Hall (Jan. 18, 1997) while playing twice at Pitt and at Connecticut (Feb. 6, 1993).
* Head Coach Leonard Hamilton had a 7-8 record against Providence during his coaching career at Miami and is 1-0 at Florida State for an 8-8 total in 16 games against the Friars.
* During the 1990-01 season through the 1999-00 season, Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton developed Miami into one of the top teams in the Big East and the nation. The Hurricanes advanced to postseason play five times in his final six seasons including three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 1998-2000. Miami's winning records in his final six seasons meant the Hurricanes joined Syracuse and Connecticut as the only Big East schools to have an overall winning record from 1995-2000. The Hurricanes' 48-22 Big East mark over his last four seasons tied Connecticut for the best conference record over that period. Over his final two seasons in the Big East, Miami registered a league-best 28-6 conference record for a .824 winning percentage.
* Florida State's game at Providence will mark the Seminoles first game ever played in the state of Rhode Island by the Seminole men's basketball program. The last time the Seminoles played a team from the state of Rhode Island was on Nov. 25, 2000 when the Seminoles defeated Rhode Island, 86-71, in the third round of the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage.
* Florida State will play host to La Salle on Jan. 5 in Tallahassee. It will mark the first time since the 1990 season that the Seminoles will play the Explorers in Tallahassee and only the second time in school history the two teams will meet. La Salle is coached by Dr. John Gianini - who was previously the head coach at the University of Maine and brought his Black Bears to Tallahassee to open the 2003-04 season. Florida State defeated Maine, 69-49, on Nov. 21, 2003. Gianini is assisted by former University of Virginia assistant coach Walt Fuller who was a Cavalier assistant from 2000-2005. The Seminoles were 5-1 against the Cavaliers at home during his six-year span in Charlottesville as an assistant coach under Pete Gillen.
* The Seminoles are scheduled to begin their ACC schedule at Georgia Tech on Dec. 30. It marks the eighth time since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season that Florida State will play a conference game in the month of December. The Seminoles most recently played an ACC game in December during the 2004-05 season as they traveled to play at Maryland on Dec. 19, 2004. Florida State is 2-5 in ACC games during the month of December with victories coming at home against Maryland (Dec. 28, 2003) and at Virginia (Dec. 1, 1998)
* Once ACC play begins in December, the Seminoles will play host to Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia and Wake Forest and will travel to play at Clemson, at Georgia Tech, at Maryland, at Miami, at North Carolina, at NC State, at Virginia Tech and at Wake Forest. In terms of longevity, the Seminoles' home game at the Donald L. Tucker Center against Clemson will mark the 17th consecutive season the Tigers will play in Tallahassee. The honors for the Seminoles' longest on-going road series also belongs to Clemson with a 17-year streak. Both North Carolina and Duke will play in Tallahassee after not making an appearance in the Tucker Center during the 2006-07 season.