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2011-12 Basketball Schedule

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
The Florida State men’s basketball team, which advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and finished the season ranked No. 19 nationally in 2011, will face one of the nation’s most challenging schedules as it plays at least eight and possibly 10 games against teams that played in the NCAA Tournament and at least five and possibly seven games against teams that played in the NIT as 10th year head coach Leonard Hamilton released the Seminoles’ 2011-12 schedule.

Florida State will play North Carolina (NCAA Elite 8), Duke (NCAA Sweet 16), Clemson (NCAA Second Round), Michigan State (NCAA Second Round), Florida (NCAA Elite 8), and Princeton (NCAA Second Round) and could meet Connecticut (NCAA Champion) and UNC Asheville (NCAA Second Round) in the Battle4Atlantis Tournament – a total of 10 games against eight teams that played in the 2011 NCAA Tournament during the upcoming season. The Seminoles will play five games against three teams that played in the NIT (Boston College, Miami and Virginia Tech), could play two more NIT team (Harvard and the College of Charleston in the Battle4Atlantis) and will play two more tournament teams in Jacksonville (collegeinsider.com) and UCF (College Basketball Invitational semifinals) in the non-conference portion of the schedule.

“We think this is a schedule that will more than help us prepare for conference play in January,” said Hamilton. “We have got some tough games on the road with the Battle4Atlantis Tournament — a tournament that includes defending national champion Connecticut as well as playing at Michigan State and at Florida. We play host to Princeton and then we begin to think about our conference schedule which is as tough as any conference in the country night in and night out.”

In addition to playing North Carolina and Duke from the ACC, Florida State’s game at perennial power Michigan State in the 13th Annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge gives it the opportunity to play in one of the toughest atmospheres in all of college basketball. The Spartans, who have played in six of the last 13 NCAA Final Fours, have played in 14 consecutive NCAA Tournaments. The Seminoles’ will play at Florida which has won at least 20 games in 12 consecutive seasons. Its potential match-up against Connecticut would come against a Husky team that won the Big East and National championships by winning its final 11 games of the 2011 season.

The Seminoles will play 11 teams that were in the top 100 of last season’s national RPI rankings including the Blue Devils (No. 4), Tar Heels (No. 6), Gators (No. 8), Princeton (No. 40) and Michigan State (No. 45). Connecticut (No. 14) and Harvard (No. 35) are potential opponents for the Seminoles in the Battle4Atlantis.

Florida State will play 17 regular season home games beginning with its regular season opener against Jacksonville. The Seminoles will play host to UCF in the first meeting between the two teams since 1988, Stetson and South Alabama before travelling to play in the most dynamic new tournament in college basketball – the Battle4Atlantis on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. The tournament includes Charleston, Connecticut, Harvard, Massachusetts, UCF, UNC Asheville, Utah and the Seminoles.

Following the game at Michigan State, the Seminoles close out the non-conference portion of their schedule with home games against Charleston Southern, UNC Greensboro, Loyola Marymount, Princeton and Auburn and their annual game against in-state rival Florida. The Seminoles’ game against Loyola Marymount marks the first time a team from the state of California comes to Tallahassee since 1965 while Princeton’s arrival at the Donald L. Tucker Center marks the first time an Ivy League team will play in Tallahassee. Florida State is schedule to plays host to Auburn in its final non ACC game of the regular season.

Florida State will open its ACC schedule as it travels to play at Clemson and at Virginia Tech before returning home to play host to North Carolina on Jan. 14, 2012 with ESPN College GameDay on hand for the first time ever in Tallahassee. Its game against Clemson begins a stretch of 16 ACC games (eight home and eight on the road) with home and away series against Clemson, Duke (Jan. 21 at Durham and Feb. 22 in Tallahassee), Miami, Virginia and Virginia Tech. The Seminoles will also play host to Maryland and Georgia Tech.

Florida State will be one of the most televised teams in the nation with a school record 17 of its 30 regular season games on national television. A total of 14 of its games will be televised nationally on the ESPN Family of networks including three on ESPN, two on ESPN2, three more on either ESPN or ESPN2 and five on ESPNU and each of the Seminoles’ three games in the Battle4Atlantis will be nationally televised. For only the second time in school history each of Florida State’s 16 conference games will be televised. The Seminoles will earn additional television exposure when the remaining non-conference games are selected for television.

Florida State returns three starters including pre-season All-American candidate Bernard James who averaged 10.7 points and 8.3 rebounds in three NCAA Tournament games in 2011. Also returning as starters are guard Michael Snaer and forward Okaro White who helped lead the Seminoles to a 23-11 record and a third place finish in the ACC. Florida State lost only two seniors from last year’s squad including Chris Singleton who was the first round pick of the Washington Wizards in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Season tickets are currently on sale and can be obtained by visiting seminoles.com or by calling the Seminole Ticket Office at 1-888-FSUNOLE. Season tickets start at $242 for reserved upper level and $272 for lower level. Fans can reserve their seats for the upcoming season by placing a 10% down payment. They can also take advantage of the brand new payment plan and spread payments out over a 4 month period. Another great incentive to renew now is the summer reward program. Fans that renew or buy season tickets will be entered into our summer long sweepstakes to win official Men’s Basketball gear, electronics and more.

2011-12 Florida State Basketball Schedule Notes

Vs. Jacksonville, Friday, November 11, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Florida State opens its 2011-12 season as it plays host to Jacksonville University. The Dolphins are one of four teams from the state of Florida on the Seminoles’ schedule for the season which also includes Florida, Miami and Stetson. The Seminoles are 4-0 against Jacksonville under Leonard Hamilton with two wins coming in Tallahassee and two coming in Jacksonville. Florida State has won 16 consecutive games against the Dolphins – a streak that began on Jan. 6, 1988. The Seminoles’ game against Jacksonville is the season opener for both teams – the Seminoles are 4-0 against Jacksonville when the game has stood as their season opener (1991-92, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10). The Seminoles are 22-4 (.846 winning percentage) against teams from the state of Florida in season openers with their four wins against Jacksonville tying for the most opening night wins over a team from the state of Florida. Florida State is 4-0 against Jacksonville and Tampa, 3-0 against Central Florida, 2-0 against Florida A&M and Rollins and 1-0 against Eckerd, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Florida Presbyterian, North Florida and St. Leo.

Vs. Stetson, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Florida State plays host to Stetson in a game which marks the 10th consecutive season the Seminoles have played the Hatters – the Seminoles have played Stetson in each season of the Leonard Hamilton era at Florida State. It is the only continuous non-conference series the Seminoles have played since Hamilton’s first season at Florida State (2002-03). Florida State has won all 10 games against Stetson under Hamilton and has defeated the Hatters 16 consecutive times in a streak that began on Dec. 11, 1975. Since the renewal of the series in 2002, the Seminoles are 7-0 at home and 2-0 on the road against Stetson. Florida State is 22-4 at home against Stetson since the 1947-48 season and has won 21 consecutive home game against the Hatters – a streak that began on Dec. 18, 1953. Florida State will face Stetson under the direction of first year head coach Casey Alexander – one of five new first year head coaches the Seminoles will face this season.

Vs. South Alabama, Sunday, Nov. 20, 3:00 p.m.
Florida State plays host to South Alabama in its fourth consecutive home game to open the season. The Seminoles have a 9-2 all-time record against the Jaguars and will face them for the first time since a 83-52 win on Dec. 16, 2004 in Tallahassee. Florida State has won three consecutive games against USA with all three wins coming since the 1988-89 season. The Jaguars finished with a 12-16 overall record and in fourth place in the east division of the Sun Belt Conference in 2010-11. South Alabama is coached by Ronnie Arrow who has coached against Florida State while the head coach at two different schools – South Alabama and Texas A&M Corpus Christi. In his first stint at South Alabama (1988-95) he was 0-2 against the Seminoles. He was 1-1 against Florida State as the head coach at Texas A&M Corpus Christi (2000-07) before returning to South Alabama to begin the 2007-08 season. The Seminoles defeated USA twice on their way to the NCAA National Championship game during the 1971-72 season. Florida State gained a 105-72 win at home on Jan. 19, 1972 and a 104-81win on the road on Feb. 7, 1972. Florida State went on to storm through the 1972 NCAA Tournament before losing to No. 1 ranked UCLA, 81-76, in the championship game.

Vs. Central Florida (Monday Nov. 14, 2011, TBA and Potential opponent in Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament)
Florida State will play host to UCF at home and could potentially play Central Florida in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament. The Seminoles are 8-0 all-time against the Knights but have not played them since Dec. 28, 1988 in the first round of the Red Lobster Classic in Orlando. The Seminoles played the Knights eight times during the decade of the 1980’s – but not before and not since. Since its last game against UCF, the Seminoles have played eight other teams from the state of Florida (Bethune Cookman, Florida, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Jacksonville, Miami and Stetson). Florida State has a 248-119 record (.676 winning percentage) against teams from the state of Florida since playing the first game in program history against Spring Hill College on Dec. 19, 1947.

Vs. College of Charleston (Potential opponent in Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament)
Florida State could play the College of Charleston in the Battle for Atlantis Tournament where it could meet up with a former ACC Coach – Bobby Cremins – and a former Seminole team captain – Andrew Wilson. The Seminoles are 3-0 against the Chanticleers with their most recent victory coming as a come-from-behind 66-61 victory in Tallahassee on Dec. 18, 2007. The Seminoles potential game against Charleston Southern could be the fourth between the two teams – the second game since 2007 and the fourth game in the series with began during the 1948-49 and 1949-50 seasons – the second and third seasons of basketball at Florida State. Florida State had an 11-8 record against Cremins while he was the Yellow Jacket’s head coach and defeated Georgia Tech in the first round of the ACC tournament on March 9, 2000 – his last game as the head coach of the team he took to the Final Four in 1990. Wilson averaged a career-high 6.3 points while helping the Seminoles to the second round of the NIT in 2006. He played in a school-record 129 games at FSU, and earned a master’s degree in sports administration. He is the only player in ACC history to play six seasons.

Vs. Connecticut (Potential opponent in Battle 4Atlantis Tournament)
Florida State could play defending national champion Connecticut in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament. It would mark the first game between the Seminoles and the Huskies since a 67-60 Seminole victory on Nov. 26, 1997 in the semifinals of the Pre-season NIT in Madison Square Garden. Florida State lost the championship game of the tournament to nights later to Kansas. Florida State has won two consecutive and three of the last four games in the series against Connecticut – a series that dates to the 1972-73 season – the year after Florida State played UCLA for the national championship in the title game of the NCAA Tournament. A game against Connecticut will mark one of three Hall of Fame coaches the Seminoles will face this season – Jim Calhoun of Connecticut, Mike Krzyzewski of Duke and Roy Williams of North Carolina. A game against Connecticut will mark the third consecutive and sixth time in the last seven seasons that Florida State will face the defending NCAA Champion. The Seminoles have played the defending national champion in 14 different seasons.

Vs. Harvard (Potential opponent in Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament)
Florida State could play Harvard in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament which would mark the first meeting between Harvard and Florida State in the sport of men’s basketball. A meeting between the Seminoles and the Crimson would mark Florida State’s third ever game against an Ivy league team and first since playing Princeton in the first round of the 1998 Rainbow Classic. The Seminoles are 0-2 against the eight teams from the Ivy League with both meetings coming against Princeton. Interestingly, the Seminoles will play Princeton on Dec. 30 in Tallahassee which could mark the first time in school history that Florida State will play two games against members of the Ivy league in one season.

Vs. Massachusetts (First found opponent in Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament)
Florida State could play Massachusetts in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament which would mark the third time in the last seven years that the Seminoles would play the Minutemen in the sport of basketball. The Seminoles most recently defeated Massachusetts, 73-63, on Feb. 12, 2006 in Tallahassee. Massachusetts leads the all-time series against Florida State by a 3-2 margin with both of Florida State’s wins coming in the only two games played in Tallahassee. The Seminoles and the Minutemen have met on a neutral court once – a 69-60 Massachusetts win in the Orange Bowl Classic on Dec. 18, 1999 in Sunrise, Fla. The Seminoles are a combined 27-12 (.692 winning percentage) against the 13 current members of the Atlantic 10.

Vs. North Carolina Asheville (Potential opponent in Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament)
Florida State could play UNC Asheville in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament. The Seminoles and the Bulldogs have met three times previously with all three meetings coming in Tallahassee and all three decisions going to the Seminoles. The Bulldogs are coached by Eddie Biedenbach who guided UNCA into the NCAA Tournament in 2011 for only the second time in school history. An All-ACC First team guard at NC State in 1966 and 1968. He was an assistant coach at NC State twice: From (1970-78) under Norm Sloan and he helped the Wolfpack win the 1974 National Championship and from 1994-96 (under Les Robinson). The Seminoles were 3-4 against the Wolfpack during that period. Biedenbach, like Florida State assistant coach Corey Williams was drafted by both the NBA and the NFL – Biedenbach by the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) and the Dallas Cowboys (NFL) while Williams was drafted by the Chicago Bulls (NBA) and Kansas City Chiefs (NFL). Florida State could play two teams from the Big South Conference in 2011-12 — UNC Asheville in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament and Charleston Southern on Dec. 5 in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have a 17-1 record (.944 winning percentage) and have won 17 consecutive games against the 10 current teams in the Big South.

Vs. Utah (Potential opponent in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament)
Florida State could play Utah and its first year head coach Larry Krystowiak during the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament. If the two teams meet in the battle 4 Atlantis it would mark the first meeting between the two teams in the sport of men’s basketball and the first meeting of the Seminoles and a team from the state of Utah since the Seminoles defeated Utah State, 66-55, in Tallahassee on Nov. 19, 1997. In possibly playing Utah and its first year head coach, the Seminoles could play against one of five first year head coaches on their schedule in 2011-12. Including Krystowiak, the Seminoles will also face Casey Alexander of Stetson, Brian Gregory of Georgia Tech, Mark Turgeon of Maryland, and Jim Larranaga of Miami in 2011-12. In addition to Utah State, the Seminoles have also played Brigham Young (0-1) as the only two schools from the state of Utah in school history. Utah begins play in the Pac 12 this season after moving over from the Mountain West Conference. The Utes were members of the Western Athletic Conference from 1962-99 before moving to the MWC from 2000-2012. Florida State is 11-7 (.611 winning percentage) against the current 12 teams from the Pac 12. The Seminoles fell to UCLA, 81-76, in the 1972 National Championship game at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

>b>At Michigan State, Nov. 30, 2011; 7:30 (Big 10/ACC Challenge on East Lansing, Mich.) Florida State will play Michigan State in the 14th Annual ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Wed. Dec. 1 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, Mich. The Seminoles lead the all-time series against the Spartans by a 1-0 margin as they took a 68-63 win on March 17, 1997 in Tallahassee. The Seminoles’ win over the Spartans came in the second round of the postseason NIT and helped Florida State eventually advance to the finals of the tournament where it fell to the Michigan Wolverines in the championship game. The Seminoles were coached by Pat Kennedy and the Spartans were coached Jud Heatthcote. The Seminoles’ game against the Spartans will be the first in school history played in the state of Michigan. In playing Michigan State in the ACC Big Ten Challenge, the Seminoles are playing their eighth different Big Ten opponent – the Seminoles are 2-1 in the history of the Challenge against Minnesota, 2-2 against Northwestern, 1-0 against Iowa, 1-0 against Purdue, 0-1 against Wisconsin and 0-2 against Ohio State. Florida State is 2-4 in ACC Big Ten Challenge road games with wins at Minnesota in 2004 and at Northwestern in 2001 and is 15-21 against the Big Ten teams all-time.

Vs. Charleston Southern, Mon. Dec. 5, 7:00 p.m.
Florida State plays host to Charleston Southern in its first of four home games during the month of December. The Seminoles lead the all-time series against the Buccaneers by a 5-0 margin including a 71-48 win in Tallahassee on Dec. 18, 2008. The series between the Seminoles and the Buccaneers dates back to Jan. 14, 1976 when Charleston Southern was known as the Baptist College Buccaneers. Each of the five games in the series between Florida State and Charleston Southern has come in Tallahassee. Florida State defeated Charleston Southern, 139-72, on Feb. 5, 1977 to set the school record for points scored in a game. Charleston Southern is a member of the Big South Conference (the same conference as UNC Asheville – a potential Florida State opponent in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament). Florida State is 17-1 against the teams in the Big South and has won 17 consecutive games against the 10 current teams from that conference.

Vs. UNC Greensboro, Sunday, Dec. 11, TBA
Florida State plays host to UNC Greensboro in its final game heading into its final exam period on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Including its win over UNC Greensboro last season, the Seminoles are 3-0 against UNC Greensboro in a series that dates back to Dec. 30, 1993). The Seminoles game against the Spartans is one of three Sunday non-conference games that the Seminoles will play during the 2011-12 season. Florida State’s game against UNC Greensboro is a return game from last season when the Seminoles defeated the Spartans, 97-73, at the Greensboro Coliseum. Chris Singleton, who was the 18th overall selection in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards, scored 22 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and earned 10 steals in the win – the third triple double in Florida State history and the first triple double in ACC history that included steals. The Spartans are members of the Southern Conference – the fourth oldest athletic conference in the United States. Many of the teams currently in the ACC — eight to be exact — (Clemson, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest) were at one time members of the Southern Conference. Florida State is 50-12 (.806 winning percentage) against current teams from the Southern Conference with its first game against a current team from the conference coming on Jan. 10, 1948 against Wofford. That game against the Terriers was the third game in school history and the first loss in the history of the program.

Vs. Loyola Marymount, Sun. Dec. 18, 3:00 p.m.
Florida State plays host to Loyola Marymount on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2:00 p.m. in a return game from the 2010-11 season in a game won by the Seminoles, 74-63, on Dec. 18, 2010 at the Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif. With its victory over LMU last season, the Seminoles lead the all-time series against the Lions by a 1-0 margin. The Lions visit to Tallahassee marks the first time since Dec. 18, 1974 that a team from the state of California will play the Seminoles in Tallahassee. Florida State defeated Cal State Bakersfield, 96-66, the last time a team from the Golden State play Florida State in the Sunshine State. The Seminoles are 4-0 against teams from the state of California in games played in Tallahassee with wins over Cal Santa Barbara (Jan. 18, 1965; W. 62-61), Southern California (Dec. 21, 1968, W, 70-68), California Irvine (Jan. 30, 1971, W, 82-69) and Cal State Bakersfield (Dec. 18, 1974, W, 96-66). Florida State last met a team from the West Coast Conference (Gonzaga) in the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and is 5-4 all-time against the current members of the conference. Loyola Marymount will be only the second of the current WCC members to play in Tallahassee. The Seminoles defeated Pepperdine, 101-82, on Jan. 2, 1971 in Tallahassee.

Vs. Florida, Wednesday, Dec. 22, TBA
Florida State will travel to Gainesville to play at Florida on Dec. 22 at 7:00 p.m. in its final game before the Christmas holiday break. It will mark the third time in the last five meetings and the ninth time since 1993 that the game will be played in the month of December. The Seminoles and the Gators have met 62 times since the 1950-51 season – the fourth season of Florida State basketball. The Seminoles’ series against the Gator is Florida State’s third longest series against a team from the state of Florida – behind only its 66 meetings against Miami and its 64 meetings against Jacksonville. During the series, 15 of the Seminoles 22 wins over the Gators have come during the month of December.

Vs. Princeton, Friday, Dec. 30, 7:00 p.m.
Florida State plays host to Princeton on Dec. 30 in its final game of the 2011 calendar year. The Seminoles’ game against Princeton will mark the first time a team from the Ivy League will travel to play at Tallahassee and could mark either the third or fourth time in the history of the program that the Seminoles will play a team from the Ivy League. Florida State could play Harvard during the Battle4Atlantis tournament in November. The Seminoles’ game against Princeton will be the third against the Tigers in the history of the program. Both of Florida State’s two previous games against Princeton have come in regular season tournaments. The Seminoles fell to the Tigers, 61-59, in the first round of the Marshall Tournament on Dec. 15, 1972 and lost to the Tigers, 50-46, in the first round of the Rainbow Classic on Dec. 28, 1998 in Honolulu. Florida State is 8-3 all-time (.727 winning percentage) against teams from the state of New Jersey with its last game against a team from the Garden State came against Saint Peters on Dec. 23, 2006. The Seminoles took a 76-63 win over the Peacocks in Tallahassee.

Vs. Auburn, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 7:00 p.m.
Florida State closes out its non-conference schedule with a home game against Auburn on Jan. 4, 2012 at the Donald L. Tucker Center. It marks the third consecutive season the Seminoles and Tigers will meet with both teams winning on their home court in the last two seasons (Florida State at home on Dec. 17, 2009 and Auburn at home on Jan. 3, 2011). The Seminoles and the Tigers have met 29 times with Auburn holding a 22-7 series advantage. A total of five of the Seminoles’ seven wins in the series have come in Tallahassee including their 76-72 win in 2009. Much of the Seminoles’ series against Auburn was played in the late 50’s and early 60’s with 17 of the 29 games (nearly 60 percent) in the series played before any of the current Seminoles were born.

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