The Florida State men’s basketball team, which won the 2012 ACC Championship, opens its regular season at home against South Alabama on Nov. 9 in the first round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic and could play more than half of its regular season games against teams that played in the postseason in 2012. The Seminoles’ 2012-13 schedule includes home games against NCAA Tournament participants North Carolina, Duke, NC State, Virginia and Florida, NIT runner-up Minnesota in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and NIT participant Miami as the Seminoles’ face their first ever 18-game ACC schedule as announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Florida State’s schedule features one team that won at least 30 games (North Carolina), three that won at least 25 and 11 that won 20 or more games. The Seminoles will play at least eight games against teams that played in the 2012 NCAA Tournament (Duke, Florida, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia), at least four games against teams that played in the NIT (Miami, Minnesota and Virginia Tech) and will play host to Mercer, the champions of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI). In addition, Florida State will play in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament where it could face NCAA Tournament teams Notre Dame and/or BYU and NIT participant Saint Joseph’s.
“We really like our schedule this year because it gives our guys numerous opportunities to play against elite-level competition from November all the way through March,” said 2012 ACC Coach of the Year Leonard Hamilton. “Each of our opponents in the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament to begin the season will be a test for us, then you play Minnesota and Florida within a one-week period of time, then at Charlotte, against Tulsa (at the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Classic) and at Auburn all before conference play. That’s six games against teams from five of the top 10 RPI rated conferences in the country before you have even played an ACC game which has two of the top four all-time winningest programs in the history of college basketball.
“The quality of our schedule will serve as a motivator for our players to stay focused and to understand that we do not have the luxury of not being ready for the beginning of the season,” said Hamilton. “The challenge for our team will be to see how quickly our inexperienced players can transition into becoming the efficient players we need them to be in order for our team to be successful early in the season.”
The Seminoles’ schedule includes 11 teams that were ranked in the top 100 of the RPI in 2012 with North Carolina (4) Duke (7) and Florida (19) ranked in the top 20, NC State (36), BYU, (47) and Notre Dame (49) ranked in the top 50, Virginia (59), Minnesota (63), and Miami (71) ranked in the top 75 with Saint Joseph’s (77) and Mercer (98) rounding out the top 100.
For the first time, Florida State (along with each of the 12 teams in the ACC) will play 18 conference games – nine home and nine away – in anticipation of Pittsburgh and Syracuse becoming the 13th and 14th members of the ACC on July 1, 2013. The Seminoles begin their ACC home schedule against NCAA Tournament participant North Carolina (Jan. 12) and will also play Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Maryland, Miami, NC State, Virginia and Wake Forest at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. Florida State opens its ACC schedule with road games at Clemson (Jan. 5) and at Maryland (Jan. 9) and will also play at Georgia Tech, at Miami, at North Carolina, at NC State, at Virginia, at Virginia Tech and at Wake Forest. The 60th annual ACC Tournament is scheduled for March 14-17 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. where the Seminoles will defend their conference championship.
Florida State opens its 2012-13 season in the 12-team Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament which has the Seminoles facing South Alabama and Buffalo at home then travelling to play in the championship rounds at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y, Nov. 16-17. The four host teams (Florida State, BYU, Notre Dame and Saint Joseph’s) will all play two games at home and two games in Brooklyn. The Seminoles will face BYU in the semifinal round and either the Fighting Irish or the Hawks in the final round. Florida State is making its first ever appearance in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic which will be televised nationally on the TRU TV network.
Florida State will play host to Minnesota on Nov. 27 at home in the 14th Annual ACC / Big Ten Challenge. It will mark the fourth time in the history of the challenge the Seminoles will play Minnesota with Florida State holding a 2-1 advantage and having won two consecutive games against the Gophers. The 2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge includes nine teams ranked in an ESPN.com early preseason top 25 including five of the top nine: No. 1 Indiana, No. 5 Michigan, No. 6 NC State, No. 8 Ohio State and No. 9 Michigan State. The Seminoles and Gophers have both received mention as two of the top teams in the nation according to most preseason polls.
Just over a week later, Florida State will play host to Florida – an NCAA Tournament Elite 8 team in 2012. The Seminoles have won three of the last four games played in Tallahassee against the Gators. The Seminoles close out the month of December against Charlotte (Dec. 22) in a game that will be played at the Time Warner Cable Arena (home of the Charlotte Bobcats) and against the Danny Manning-led Tulsa Golden Hurricane (Dec. 29) in the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Classic at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. The Seminoles’ game against Tulsa precedes Florida against Air Force in the one-day, one-game classic. The Seminoles begin the new calendar year and close out their non-conference schedule at Auburn (Jan. 2) marking the fourth consecutive year the Seminoles play the Tigers.
Florida State, which is the third winningest program in the ACC since the start of the 2005-06 season, returns four of its top five scorers and three of its top four rebounders including All-American and pre-season ACC Player of the Year candidate Michael Snaer from its 2012 ACC Championship team.
vs. South Alabama: Friday November 9, 2012
Florida State will open its 2012-13 regular season schedule against South Alabama from the Sun Belt Conference. The game between the Seminoles and the Jaguars will mark the second consecutive season the two teams will face each other after Florida State took an 80-39 win in Tallahassee on Nov. 20, 2011. The Seminoles have a 10-2 all-time record against the Jaguars. Florida State has won four consecutive games against USA with all four wins coming since the 1988-89 season. The Jaguars finished with a 17-12 overall record and in second place in the east division of the Sun Belt Conference with an 8-8 record in conference play in 2012. 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). 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. Buffalo, Monday, November 12, 2012
Florida State will play host to Buffalo of the Mid-American Conference in the second round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classis in the second game of the season. The Seminoles will meet the Bulls for the first time in school history. The Bulls are members of the Mid-American conference which was represented by Ohio in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The Bobcats advanced to the Sweet 16 before falling to North Carolina in the regional semifinals. Ohio won its first two games of the NCAA Tournament over Michigan and South Florida in Nashville – the same site the Seminoles played in their school record fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament in 2012. Florida State most recently played a team from the MAC – Akron – in the 2008 NIT.
vs. BYU: (Potential opponent in Coaches vs. Cancer Classic) Friday, November 16, 2012
Florida State could play Brigham Young in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the newly opened Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The game would mark the first meeting between the Seminoles and the Cougars since Dec. 29, 1972 when BYU took an 80-77 win in the championship game of the All-College Tournament in Oklahoma City, Ok. The game between the Seminoles and the Cougars marks the second of two games played at a neutral site. The game will mark the third consecutive year the Seminoles will meet a member of the West Coast Conference with Florida State earning wins over Loyola Marymount in both the 2010-11 season (in Los Angeles) and during the 2011-12 season (in Tallahassee).
vs. Notre Dame (Potential opponent in Coaches vs. Cancer Classic), November 17, 2012
Florida State could play Notre Dame in the championship round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. It would mark the second time on a neutral court that the Seminoles matched up with the Fighting Irish in the sport of basketball. The Seminoles defeated the then No. 4 ranked Fighting Irish, 71-57, on March 20, 2011 in the third round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament at the United Center in Chicago. The win advanced the Seminoles to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 1993 season. The Seminoles are a combined 62-53 against the 16 current members of the Big East Conference.
vs. Saint Joseph’s (Potential opponent in Coaches vs. Cancer Classic), November 17, 2012
Florida State could matchup with Saint Joseph’s in championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. This game would mark the second time in school history that the two teams would play in the sport of men’s basketball. The first meeting between the Seminoles and the Hawks came on Jan. 7, 1985 – an 88-72 win for the Seminoles in Tallahassee. Saint Joseph’s is well-known for their history in basketball. The last time Florida State played an Atlantic 10 conference team was in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles defeated Saint Bonaventure, 66-63, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Florida State holds a winning record of 33-18 against the teams of Atlantic 10.
vs. North Florida: Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Florida State plays North Florida in its third home game of the season. The Ospreys will be the first of three opponents (four games) from the state of Florida that the Seminoles will play against this season. The Seminoles will also face the University of Florida and the University of Miami (twice) during the season. The game marks the second time meeting between Florida State and North Florida. Florida State defeated North Florida, 75-55, in the 2010-11 season opener for both teams. North Florida’s head coach — Matthew Driscoll — was an assistant at Clemson University (1998-2003). The game between the Ospreys and the Seminoles will be Florida State’s first meeting of the season with a team from the Atlantic Sun conference. The Seminoles last faced a team from the Atlantic Sun with a home victory over Stetson by a score 79-66 on Nov. 11, 2011. Florida State has an all0-ime record of 106-42 against the current teams from the Atlantic Sun conference.
vs. Minnesota (ACC-Big Ten Challenge): Tuesday, November 27, 2012
ACC Champion Florida State will play host to Minnesota on November 27, 2012 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee in the 14th Annual ACC / Big Ten Challenge. It will mark the fourth time in the history of the challenge that the Seminoles will play Minnesota with Florida State holding a 2-1 advantage and having won two consecutive games against the Gophers. Florida State has won its last two games in the challenge with a 70-69 win on Nov. 29, 2004 (in Minneapolis) and a 75-61 win on Nov. 27, 2007 (in Tallahassee). Florida State leads the all-time series against Minnesota by a 4-3 margin with the first meeting between the two teams coming in the Sweet 16 of the 1972 NCAA Tournament as the Seminoles took a 70-56 win on its way to the championship game of the tournament. The Seminoles fell to UCLA, 81-76, in the national championship game.
vs. Mercer, Sunday December 2, 2012
Florida State will play host to Mercer on December 2, 2012, making it the second match up of the season against an Atlantic Sun conference opponent. The game between the Seminoles and the Bears will mark the third that time Mercer Head Coach Bob Hoffman will play the Seminoles since last playing in Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee on Nov. 23, 2010. The Seminoles gained a 79-55 win over the Bears on the way to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Florida State has a 16-8 record against the Bears. Since playing the Bears at home on March 3, 1973, the Seminoles have had a 10 game winning streak, last losing to the Bears at home December 8, 1954. Florida State currently holds a 12 consecutive winning streak against teams from the Peach State beginning on November 12, 2007 against Georgia Southern, which includes seven straight wins over fellow ACC opponent Georgia Tech.
vs. Florida, Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The Seminoles will play host to Florida marking the 64th time meeting between the two in-state rivals, a series that dates to 1951- the third longest series against a team from the state of Florida – behind its 66 meetings against Miami and its 65 meetings against Jacksonville. Florida State trails the series, 41-22, but won three consecutive wins from 2006-2008, including a 70-66 upset of the reigning national champion Gators at Donald L. Tucker Center on Dec. 3, 2006. This matchup will mark the fourth time in the last six meetings and the 10th time since 1993 that the game will be played in the month of December- during the series, 15 of the Seminoles’ 22 wins over the Gators have come during the month of December.
vs. Maine, Sunday, December 9, 2012
Florida State leads the all-time series against Maine by a 2-0 margin with both wins coming under head coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles defeated the Black Bears, 99-69, on Nov. 21, 2003 and topped Maine, 95-55, on Dec. 8, 2007. Maine, a member of the America East Conference, is led by head coach Ted Woodward who was named the 2010 AE Coach of the Year. Maine finished with a 12-17 overall record and a 6-10 conference record in 2012. The Black Bears will travel a total of 1,557 miles to get to Tallahassee to play the Seminoles – the longest combination of flights that any team will take to arrive in the Sunshine State. Minnesota will travel 1,374 miles (183 fewer miles than the Black Bears) to get to Tallahassee to play in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge.
vs. Louisiana Monroe, Monday December 9, 2012
Florida State will play Louisiana Monroe on Dec. 2 marking the second appearance at the Donald L. Tucker Center for the Warhawks. The Seminoles hold a 2-0 series lead with both games coming in Tallahassee and both games coming under head coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles first game against the Warhawks came on December 2, 2005 and was an 85-62 Seminole win. Florida State’s game against Louisiana Monroe will mark the second of two regular season games against a team from the Sun Belt conference. The Seminoles are 35-5 teams from the Sun Belt the conference.
vs. Charlotte, Saturday, December 22, 2012
Florida State will travel to North Carolina to play Charlotte on Dec. 22 in its final game before the Christmas break. It will mark the third time in the last four meetings that the game will be held on a neutral court with the first two games being held at the Dayton Invitational on December 29, 1981 (a 76-73 Florida State win) and at the Milk Classic in Orlando on December 19, 1992 (a 63-59 Florida State win). The game between the Seminoles and the 49ers will be played at the Time Warner Cable Arena – the home of the Charlotte Bobcats. It will mark the first time the Seminoles will play in the new Bobcat Arena since the 2008 ACC Tournament and the 16th time in the last eight seasons that the Seminoles will play a non-conference game in the home of a professional sports team. Florida State’s game against the 49ers could be its second game against a team from the A-10 this season (the Seminoles could meet Saint Joseph’s in the Coaches’ vs. Cancer Tournament in November). If the Seminoles do not face Saint Joseph’s in November, it will mark their first game against a current Atlantic 10 conference member since their 66-63 win in the NCAA Tournament over Saint Bonaventure on March 16, 2012. The Seminoles and the 49ers have only played four times, with this game marking the third time the two will compete in the month of December.
vs. Tulsa, Saturday, December 29, 2012
Florida State will face Tulsa in the 19th Annual MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic on December 29, 2012 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. The Seminoles will face the Golden Hurricane in the first game of the doubleheader, followed by Florida and Air Force in the second game. The classic is a one-day, one-game event for each of the four teams. Florida State will play in the Orange Bowl Classic for the fourth time with its most recent appearance coming in an 82-69 win over Western Kentucky on Dec. 28, 2008. Florida State’s game against Tulsa will mark the fourth meeting — and the first since the second round of the Cabrillo Classic in 1982 – between the two teams. The Seminoles have a 3-0 record against the Golden Hurricane in the series that dates back to 1963. Tulsa is a member of Conference USA and finished in third place with a 10-6 record in league play. Tulsa is led by first year head coach Danny Manning who led Kansas to the National Championship in 1988. Florida State has faced Kansas twice in is basketball history — in 1966 and 1989 – both games came before (1966) and after (1989) Manning’s career at Kansas.
vs. Auburn, Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Florida State closes out is non-conference schedule and opens up the 2013 calendar year as it travels to play at Auburn on January 2, 2013 at the Auburn Arena in Auburn, Ala.. It marks the third consecutive season the Seminoles and the Tigers will meet with both teams winning on their home courts in the last two meetings. The Seminoles and the Tigers have a long playing history beginning in the late 1960s. The Seminoles and the Tigers have met 30 times with Auburn holding a 22-8 series advantage. This will mark the second SEC team that the Seminoles will compete against before starting conference play on Jan. 5 at Clemson.