TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Florida State returns to the friendly confines of the newly renovated Donald L. Tucker Center to play host to the Citadel on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. It marks the first of four consecutive home games for The Seminoles and is the longest regular season homestand of the season. Florida State is home for its next four consecutive dates (The Citadel, November 25; Charleston Southern, November 28; Nebraska in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, December 1 and UCF, December 6). Florida State’s next road game is also its first conference game at Notre Dame on December 13. Florida State’s game against The Citadel is its first against the Bulldogs since the 1999-2000 season and the ninth meeting between the two schools. During the series, eight of the nine meetings between the two teams came before 1970 with one coming in the 50’s and seven coming in the 60’s. Following Tuesday’s game against The Citadel, the Seminoles play host to Charleston Southern on Friday at 6:00 p.m.
FLORIDA STATE VS. THE CITADEL – A SERIES HISTORY
Florida State returns home to Tallahassee to play The Citadel on November 25, 2014. The Seminoles have a 3-1 advantage when playing at home versus The Citadel. The Seminoles have a 45-20 advantage over Southern Conference teams while Coach Hamilton has a 5-1 (4-1 at FSU; 1-0 at Miami) record over those teams. The last time Florida State played a Southern Conference team was against UNC-Greensboro on December 11, 2011. The last time Florida State and The Citadel played each other was December 30, 1999 with the Seminoles taking the 77-51 victory. Florida State leads the all-time series by an 80-55 margin against teams from the state of South Carolina and is 44-26 against non-ACC schools from the Palmetto State.
HAMILTON AND SEMINOLES SIGN TOP FIVE RATED RECRUITING CLASS
Florida State University head coach Leonard Hamilton has secured one of the top basketball recruiting classes in school history with the addition of four players – including two ranked within the nation’s top 50 players and three ranked within the top 100 – to the Seminoles’ already deep roster which includes only one graduating player. Signing National Letters of Intent with Hamilton and the Seminoles were forward Dwayne Bacon (Lakeland, Fla./Oak Hill Academy), guard Malik Beasley (Alpharetta, Ga./Saint Francis), center Jean Marc Christ Koumadje (Chad, Africa/Montverde Academy) and guard Terance Mann (Tilton, N.H./Tilton School). Florida State’s 2015 recruiting class is ranked among the nation’s best including No. 4 by 247Sports.com, No. 5 by ESPN.com, No. 6 nationally by Rivals.com and No. 6 by Hoopniks.com. “I must give my staff tremendous credit for recognizing the needs of our program and working very hard to address all of those needs in outstanding fashion,” said Hamilton. “I could not be happier with the group of players we have signed. Not only is this an extremely talented group but it is a group of young men all with tremendous character – character that further allows us to continue to move our program forward.”
THOMAS ON TOP OF SEMINOLES’ SCORING CHART
Junior Aaron Thomas enters Tuesday’s game against The Citadel averaging a team-leading 14.0 points scored per game – marking the second consecutive season he has led the team in scoring AND average 14.0 points per game or more. He led the Seminoles with a career-high 14.5 points per game scoring average as a sophomore. Thomas has scored in double figures in three of Florida State’s first four games of the season. The only game he didn’t lead the Seminoles in scoring came against UMass when he didn’t play in the second half against the Minutemen because of dehydration.
RATHAN-MAYES BREAKS OUT AGAINST UMASS
Freshman guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes earned his first career starting assignment against UMass on Sunday in the final round of the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic – and certainly made his presence felt. He scored a career-high and game-high 22 points, played 39 minutes and led the Seminoles in points (22), field goals made (eight), field goals attempted (20), free throws made (six), free throws attempted (12), assists (three) and tied for the team lead in steals (one).
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat The Citadel and win its fifth consecutive game against the Bulldogs. The Seminoles have not lost to The Citadel since Feb. 18, 1961 – a span of five games;
…Defeat The Citadel and break its current three-game losing streak. The Seminoles have not lost more than three consecutive games since dropping five straight games during the 2006-07 season;
…Defeat The Citadel and win its second straight game against a team with Bulldogs as a team name. The Seminoles defeated the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in the third round of the 2014 NIT to advance to the semifinal of the tournament on March 26, 2014.