Oct. 26, 2011
The Florida State men’s basketball team will play host to Indiana University of Pennsylvania in its two game exhibition season opener on Oct. 31 at the Donald L. Tucker Center – a great night to show off your Halloween costume and get treated to the nationally ranked Seminole men’s basketball team for the first time this season. The night will be filled with trick or treating inside the arena, a costume contest and surprises at every corner.
Admission is free and the game is set to begin at 7 p.m.
The Seminoles – who advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2011 – are one of most experienced teams in the nation and will begin their journey to play in their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament in 2012. The Seminoles will also look to finish in the top four of the ACC standings for the school record fourth consecutive season.
Florida State will unleash its signature defense against the Crimson Hawks as it prepares to play one of the nation’s toughest schedules during the upcoming season. The Seminoles open their regular season as they play host to Jacksonville on Nov. 11, will travel to play at the Battle4Atlantis in November where they could meet defending national champion Connecticut and travel to play at Michigan State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge – all before the beginning of the month of December.
The Seminoles – who are the third winningest program in the Atlantic Coast Conference in the last six years – was picked to finish in third place in the league standings for the 2011-12 season. It marks the highest the Seminoles have been picked to finish in the preseason since the 1993 season when they were also picked to finish in third place. The vote was taken at the 43rd Annual ACC Operation Basketball event at the Ritz Carlton and was voted on by 59 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
Florida State returns three starters from last season’s team that finished with a 23-11 overall record and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Included in that trio of returning starters are senior Bernard James, junior Michael Snaer and sophomore Okaro White.
The Seminoles have ranked as the nation’s top defensive team in both of the last two seasons as they lead the country in defensive field goal percentage in both of those seasons. The Seminoles’ .363 defensive mark in 2011 was the best in the ACC since 1960. Florida State enters the 2012 season looking to lead the nation in defensive field goal percentage for the NCAA record tying third consecutive season.
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.