TALLAHASSEE, FLA (seminoles.com) – The Florida State men’s basketball team, which is ranked in the nation’s top-15 in virtually every preseason poll, will hold a special Garnet and Gold Scrimmage on Oct. 14, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. inside the Donald L. Tucker Center. Admission and parking are both free for the event. The scrimmage is being held this year as a part of the university’s homecoming festivities and will be co-hosted by the Men’s Basketball team and FSU Homecoming. The scrimmage, which is a part of Homecoming, will be held instead of the widely popular Jam with Ham season-opening event.
Florida State advanced to the Elite Eight of the 2018 NCAA Tournament and is regarded as one of the nation’s top teams entering the upcoming season. Seniors Phil Cofer and Terance Mann – both of whom were named to the NCAA Tournament All-West Regional team – return to anchor one of the nation’s most experienced teams. The Seminoles return three players who averaged more than 25 minutes and seven players who played at least 13 minutes per game. Florida State and Syracuse are the only two teams in the ACC who return their top two scorers and top two rebounders to its lineup from last season.
“We are very excited to tip-off the Homecoming festivities on campus this year,” said Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. “The support from our students is a big reason why we are the nation’s winningest team on its home court in the last two seasons. We want to give back to our students and our fans in the community. Giving them a first look at our team is one way to show our appreciation for their loyalty.”
With 31 wins in its last 33 games played in the Donald L. Tucker Center during the 2016-17 (a perfect 18-0 record) and the 2017-18 season (13-2 record), Florida State is the winningest team on its home court in the nation in the last two seasons. The Seminoles’ .939 winning percentage at home is better than Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium (.938), North Carolina in the Dean Smith Center (.903), Kentucky in Rupp Arena (.886), Michigan State in the Breslin Center (.882) and Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse (.853).
Following the scrimmage, the Seminoles will present their 2018-19 schedule poster to those in attendance and be on hand for autographs.