Oct. 22, 2011
Tallahassee, Fla. (seminoles.com) - With nearly 4,000 fanatical Seminole fans in attendance at the Jam with Ham at Seminole Madness, the Florida State basketball team tipped of the 2011-12 season in style. Picked to finish third in the Atlantic Coast Conference and included in nearly every pre-season top 25 poll, the Seminoles entertained the crowd at the Donald L. Tucker Center with an array of dunks, 3-point shots and a scrimmage as they began their preparation in earnest for the Nov. 11 season opener against Jacksonville.
Prior to their home opener against the Dolphins, the Seminoles will play host to a pair of exhibition games: Oct. 31 against Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Nov. 7 against Georgia Southwestern University. Both of those games will begin at 7 p.m.
The Jam with Ham at Seminole Madness was highlighted by spirited performances by the Florida State Golden Girls and the Seminole Cheerleaders, dunk (won by Xavier Gibson) and 3-point contests (won by Deividas Dulkys) among the Seminole players and free throw shooting contests among the Seminole coaching staff (won by associate head coach Stan Jones).
The real show began as the lights in the arena were darkened and fireworks filled the air to signal the arrival of the nationally Seminoles. Escorted by a pair if siren blaring police motorcycles, the Seminoles arrived by stretch limousine into the arena to the glorious approval of their adoring fans. One by one, the Seminoles were introduced to the crowd for the first time. It was certainly a sight never seen before within the arena now known as the Snakepit as the Seminole work ferociously to protect their home court advantage.
Also on display at the Jam with Ham at Seminole Madness was Coach Hamilton's new defensive logo - one he knows will become a well know symbol for the Seminoles' incredible defense.
"We call it Junkyard D," said Hamilton. "You play every possession like you're protecting the yard. You're vulnerable if people get inside your gates and take parts from cars. So you have junkyard dogs roaming. If someone rattles the fence, you run to the spot."
Or as ESPN college basketball analyst Adrian branch put it: "This is going to develop and be big - like the Terrible Towel at Pittsburgh."
The Seminoles open their regular season on Nov. 11 against Jacksonville in a 7 p.m. tipoff coming the night before the Florida State football team plays host to Miami. Single-game tickets are now available for that game by clicking onto Seminoles.com or by calling the Seminole Ticket Office at 1-888-FSU-NOLE.