TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State, which returns nearly 75 percent of its scoring and more than 76 percent of its rebounding from its NCAA Elite Eight team, will play host to Purdue in the ACC Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles and the Boilermakers have met once previously in the challenge, with the Seminoles taking a 97-57 win on Dec. 29, 2005 in Tallahassee.
Florida State is 2-0 against Purdue in the all-time series between the two teams with wins during the 1974-75 and 2005-06 seasons.
ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 14 games of the event. All games will also be available via the ESPN app. Tip times and specific network assignments will be announced at a later date.
The ACC leads the challenge series by a 12-5-2 margin, including a commanding 11-3 difference in 2017 – the most lopsided win/loss record since the event began in 1999. The 11-3 advantage by the ACC in 2018 included a 78-73 Florida State victory over Rutgers on the road in Piscataway, N.J. With their wins over Rutgers in 2017 and Minnesota in 2016, the Seminoles will enter their game against Purdue having won back-to-back challenge games.
Florida State advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament and finished with a 23-12 record last season. The Seminoles return their top two scorers – Phil Cofer (12.8 ppg) and Terance Mann (12.6 ppg) – from a team that ranked third in the ACC in scoring (80.2 ppg). Mann (5.4 rpg) and Cofer (5.1 rpg) also finished the 2018-19 season ranked as Florida State’s top two rebounders. Cofer and Mann were both named to the NCAA Tournament All-West Region Team as they led the Seminoles to wins over No. 8 seeded Missouri, No. 1 seeded Xavier and No, 4 seeded Gonzaga to advance to within one game of the Final Four. Trent Forrest, who led the Seminoles in both assists and steals and who averaged 7.9 points per game, returns for his junior season.
As one of two ACC teams to advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in 2018, the Seminoles were one of 12 conference teams to play in either the NCAA Tournament or the NIT. Florida State will play host Clemson (NCAA Sweet 16), Duke (NCAA Elite 8), Miami (NCAA First Round), NC State (NCAA First Round), Virginia Tech (NCAA First Round), Louisville (NIT) and Notre Dame (NIT) as seven of its nine opponents at home advanced to the postseason in 2018.
Florida State’s complete schedule with dates and times will be announced in September. The Seminoles’ conference opponents have already been announced. Florida State plays its rivals – Clemson and Miami – both of whom played in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, along with Georgia Tech and Wake Forest at home and on the road. The Seminoles play Duke, Louisville, Notre Dame, NC State and Virginia Tech at home only and play Boston College, North Carolina, Pitt, Syracuse and Virginia on the road only.