Nov. 3, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
First Look: Florida State Men’s Basketball – the annual preview show highlighting the Seminole men’s basketball team premiers Nov. 10 at 8:30 p.m. – the night before the Seminoles’ season opener against Jacksonville on SunSports throughout the state of Florida. The 30 minute show featuring 10th year head coach Leonard Hamilton and each member of the men’s basketball team tips off one of the most anticipated seasons in the history of the program.
The Seminoles are ranked in the nation’s top 25 by most national publications including a ranking of No. 17 by the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and No. 20 by Sports Illustrated. The Seminoles are the overwhelming pick to finish in third place in the ACC race and contend for the first ACC basketball championship in school history.
The Seminoles are one of only two teams in the league to finish in the top four of the league standings in each of the last three seasons (they are joined by only Duke) and are one of only four teams in the league who have played in each of the last three NCAA Tournaments.
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.
Florida State will play host to Georgia Southwestern in its second and final exhibition game Nov. 7 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The game will be played to benefit the Aubry Boyd foundation. Boyd played for the Seminoles and was injured in a 1998 accident. The game is set to begin at 7 p.m.
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.
First Look at Florida State Basketball
Nov. 10 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 11 9:00 p.m.
Nov. 12 6:30 p.m.