Sept. 2, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - At least 14 nationally televised games and 11 games against teams that played in the 2010 NCAA Tournament await the Florida State basketball team as ninth-year head coach Leonard Hamilton released the Seminoles' schedule. The Seminoles will play host to NCAA National Champions Duke, NIT Runner-Up North Carolina and NCAA Tournament participants Ohio State and Florida as they work to play in the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive season - a feat that has not been accomplished in Tallahassee since the 1991, 1992 and 1993 seasons.
Florida State, which ranks as the third winningest program in ACC play in the last three seasons, will begin the season against North Florida on Nov. 12. The Seminoles will look to finish in the top four of the ACC standings for the third consecutive season for the first time in school history. Under Hamilton, the Seminoles have averaged 23.5 overall victories and 10 conference wins in finishing in third (2010) and fourth place (2009) in the ACC standings in the last two seasons. Florida State is one of only two teams in the ACC who have finished in the top four of the conference standings in both of the last two seasons.
"Our schedule continues to improve and grow stronger and stronger every year," said Hamilton. "We will continue to play a very tough schedule when you factor in the non conference teams with the ACC opponents we face. This year with perennial powers Ohio State, Florida and Clemson in an early season ACC game at home and the teams we could face in the Diamond Head Classic our schedule will be very tough. Our players want to play this type of schedule and their talent and maturity should allow us to be successful against the teams we will play starting with the first game.
Following its early season home stretch, the Seminoles will travel to the west coast to play their first ever game against Loyola Marymount (Dec. 18) before continuing onto Hawaii to play in the Diamond Head Classic. Florida State will open the three-game tournament against Hawaii on its home floor before potential games against either Butler (2010 NCAA Tournament runner-up) or Baylor (who came within one win of playing in the 2010 NCAA Final Four). Other potential opponents in the Diamond Head Classic are 2010 NCAA Tournament participants Mississippi State along with Utah, San Diego State and Washington State.
Florida State will play at least 13 games on national television - giving it a total of at least 30 nationally televised games in the last two seasons. In addition, at least 27 of the Seminoles' 31 regular season games are slated for television. With the Seminoles' television partners still in the process of making their television selections only four of the Seminoles' game are not yet scheduled for television.
Florida State will play eight of its first 10 games at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center where it has won 26 of its last 32 games including 15 of its last 16 non-conference games. The Seminoles will play host to Florida Nov. 28 and Ohio State two nights later in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge Nov. 30. The Seminoles will play host to Clemson in a mid-December ACC game at home - the Seminoles' first conference home game prior to January since the 2003-04 season. The Seminoles have played eight previous December games and won their ACC opener against Georgia Tech last season on Dec. 20, 2009.
Following a game at Auburn of the SEC to begin the new year, Florida State will play 15 consecutive ACC games - seven at home and eight on the road - before playing in the 58th Annual ACC Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C.
The Seminoles get back into ACC play at Virginia Tech before playing host to Duke Jan. 12. Also on the Seminoles home schedule are NC State, Boston College, Wake Forest, Virginia, Miami and North Carolina with road match-ups coming at Miami, Clemson, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Maryland and NC State.
Florida State's game against Ohio State in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge marks a rematch of last years game between the Seminoles and the Buckeyes in the challenge and is the Seminoles' first home game in the challenge since 2007. The Seminoles are 4-0 in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge at home under Hamilton.
"Our schedule will certainly put us in the position we want to be in at the end of the regular season," said Hamilton. "We are going to challenge our youngsters each and every game and we are going to play a schedule that will bring out the best in our players throughout the season."
Season tickets are now on sale. Fans will have many options when it comes to tickets. By securing your season tickets early, you will guarantee the best seats for an exciting season. Lower Bowl season tickets are $272, with upper bowl season tickets being $242. If you a recent alumni of Florida State you can purchase season tickets for $137. We will also be offering some brand new ticket packages that will debut later in the season. Keep watching Seminoles.com for more information.