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Florida State Releases 2006-07 Men’s Basketball Schedule

Aug. 17, 2006

A non-conference schedule topped by national champion Florida at home, Wisconsin and Pittsburgh on the road and Providence at the St. Petersburg Times Forum – all before Atlantic Coast Conference play begins in January – highlights one of the toughest schedules in recent years for the Florida State men’s basketball team. The Seminoles will also travel to play at North Carolina and Duke while playing host to both Boston College and NC State in league play on their 2006-07 schedule as released by fifth-year Head Coach Leonard Hamilton.

Florida State will play a school-record 17 home games in the Donald L. Tucker Center including the Colonial Classic to begin the season on November 12-14. The Seminoles will play host to McNeese State (Southland), Illinois State (Missouri Valley) and Southern Methodist (Conference USA) in the three-day exempt tournament. The Tucker Center will host two games each day with each team in the event playing three games over the three-day period. Florida State will then travel to play at Pittsburgh (Big East) in the final game of the event.

“Our schedule will be very challenging throughout the season,” said Hamilton. “We will play a schedule that will put us in position to help us reach our goals when postseason play begins in March. As we continue to become a program of significance in college basketball we hope this schedule will help us become a better basketball team throughout the season.”

The Seminoles will play host to Florida on Dec. 3 marking the 12th time Florida State will play a defending national champion and ninth time they will play host to a defending national champion in Tallahassee. It will be the second consecutive season a defending national champion will travel to Tallahassee after North Carolina’s appearance in the Donald L. Tucker during the 2005-06 season. Florida State defeated Florida, 82-69, on Jan. 2, 2005 – the last time the Seminoles and Gators met in Tallahassee.

Florida State will play at Wisconsin (Nov. 28) in the eighth annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Playing in one of the marquee match-ups of the challenge, the Seminoles and the Badgers will play for the first time since 1961 in the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisc. in a game nationally televised by espn2. Florida State has a 5-2 record in seven previous ACC/Big Ten Challenge events and is undefeated, 4-0, under Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles have won four straight games in the challenge series.

ACC newcomer and 2006 NCAA Tournament participant Boston College makes its first ever trip to Tallahassee (Feb. 11) while NC State, who also played in the 2006 NCAA Tournament, returns to the Capital City for the first since the 2004-05 season (Feb. 24). The Seminoles also play host to league opponents Clemson, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. Florida State will play at North Carolina (Jan. 7) and at Duke (Feb 4) in its only games against the Tobacco Road powerhouses during the regular season.

The Seminoles game against Providence will mark the first meeting between the two schools in basketball and will take place at the site of the 2007 ACC Tournament as the grandfather of all basketball tournaments takes place in the state of Florida for the first time in history. The Seminoles game against the Friars is part of a doubleheader which will also feature Wake Forest of the ACC and USF of the Big East.

The Seminoles will play nine non-league home games in November and December and eight ACC games in January, February and March. In addition to the Colonial Classic to open the season, the Seminoles will also play host to New Orleans, Southeast Louisiana, Coastal Carolina and St. Peter’s and travel to play at both Stetson and Georgia State.

Schedule Notes

*Florida State will play 12 teams that played in either the NCAA or NIT Tournaments in 2006. The Seminoles will face Duke (No. 1 seed, Atlanta Region), North Carolina (No. 3 seed Washington, D.C. Region), Florida (No. 3 seed Minneapolis Region), Boston College (No. 4 seed, Minneapolis Region), Pittsburgh (No. 5 seed, Oakland Region), Wisconsin (No. 9 seed Minneapolis Region) and NC State (No. 10 seed, Oakland Region) who all played in the NCAA Tournament. Those seven NCAA Tournament teams combined to go 13-6 (.684) in the NCAA Tournament with six of the seven teams winning at least one game. Florida State will also face five teams (all from the ACC) that played in the NIT. The Seminoles will play Maryland (No. 1 seed Maryland region), Miami (No. 3 seed, Michigan Region), Clemson (No. 4 seed, Louisville Region), Wake Forest (No. 5 seed, Cincinnati region) and Virginia (No. 8 seed Louisville region). Florida State was the No. 2 seed in the Cincinnati region of the 2006 NIT.

*Florida State will play host to McNeese State in the first round of the Colonial Classic on Nov. 12 at the Donald L. Tucker Center and play six games in the month of November. The Seminoles game against the Cowboys marks the earliest season opener in school history. The earliest season opener in school history prior to the 2006-07 season came in a 65-53 victory over Rice on Nov. 14, 1997. With their early opener, the Seminoles will tie the school record for games played in the month of November – they also played six during the 2004-05 season. Florida State did not play a November game in the first four years of the programs history and did not play games in the month of November on a regular basis until the 1976-77 season.

*The Seminoles play host to the Colonial Classic as they entertain McNeese State, Illinois State and Southern Methodist in a three-day, two-games a day exempt tournament in the Donald L. Tucker Center. It marks the third time in the last four seasons Florida State has played host to at least two games in an in-season exempt tournament. The Seminoles hosted two games during the Pittsburgh Holiday Hoops Classic during the 2003-04 season and two games in the Corpus Christi Caller Times Challenge during the 2004-05 season.

*Florida State plays host to Illinois State of the Missouri Valley Conference to in the second round of the Colonial Classic. It marks the second time in the last four seasons (all under Leonard Hamilton) the Seminoles will play a team from the MVC. The Seminoles defeated Wichita State in the first round of the 2004 NIT (March 17, 2004; 91-84 in 2OT) to advance to the second round of the event.

*Florida State plays host to Southern Methodist from Conference USA in the third round of the Colonial Classic. The Mustangs are coached by former North Carolina head coach Matt Doherty. He coached the tar Heels from 2001-2003 and had a 2-1 record against Florida State in the Donald L. Tucker Center.

*Florida State’s game against Providence on Nov. 29 in the St Pete Times Forum marks the third consecutive season the Seminoles will play a non-conference game in the home of a professional sports team. The St. Pete Times Forum is the home of the Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL. The Seminoles defeated Nebraska in the 2005 Orange Bowl Classic at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. The BankAtlantic Center is the home of the Florida Panthers of the NHL. The Seminoles also played LSU in the 2004 Sugar Bowl Classic in the New Orleans Arena (Home of the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets. The Seminoles played NC State in the 2005 ACC Tournament at the Verizon Center (formerly the MCI Center and home to the Washington Capitals of the NHL and the Washington Wizards of the NBA) and have played NC State in the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C. (home of the NHL Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes) in each of the last six seasons.

*Florida State has five first-time opponents on its schedule – Southeastern Louisiana, High Point, Coastal Carolina, St. Peter’s and Providence – all in successive games during the month of December.

*Florida State will play five teams with new head coaches in their first years at their respective schools. The Seminoles will face Dave Simmons in his first season at McNeese State, Matt Doherty in his first season at Southern Methodist, Buzz Williams in his first year at New Orleans, Sidney Lowe in his first season at NC State and John Dunne in his first year at St. Peter’s. For Lowe of NC State, Williams of New Orleans and Dunne of St. Peter’s their current coaching jobs mark the first time they have been head coaches at the collegiate level. Doherty is in his sixth season as a head coach on the collegiate level with stops at Notre Dame, North Carolina and Florida Atlantic. The Seminoles’ game against NC State features Lowe and Monte Towe (who is now the associate head coach at NC State) – the former coach at New Orleans who left the Privateers for the Wolfpack in June when Lowe became the head coach at NC State.

*Florida State will play Providence on Dec. 29 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa. Providence is coached by Tim Welsh – a member of the Seminole coaching staff from 1986-88. Welsh helped lead the Seminoles to the second round of the NIT in 1987 and into the NCAA Tournament in 1988. Also on Welsh’s staff at Providence is Vince Cautero – a 1988 graduate of Florida State. He was a member of the Seminole coaching staff for eight seasons (1989-92) and helped Florida State advance to three NCAA Tournaments.

*Florida State will play host to Southeastern Louisiana on Dec. 10 in Tallahassee. The Lions of the Southland Conference are coached by Jim Yarbrough – a 1987 graduate of Florida State. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State before earning his Master’s in education from The Citadel in 2000.

*Florida State’s game against Providence is scheduled to be played at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa – the site of the 2007 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament which will run from March 8-11 and marks the first time the Grandfather of All College Basketball Tournaments will be played in the state of Florida.

*Florida State will play on the road against a Big East Opponent for the second time in four seasons. The Seminoles most recently played at Pittsburgh in the championship game of the University of Pittsburgh Holiday Hoops Classic on Dec. 22, 2003.

*Florida State will play two Big East teams during the regular season as they travel to play at Pittsburgh (Nov. 24) and play Providence in Tampa (Dec. 29). It will mark the first time since the 1996-97 season that they Seminoles will play two Big East opponents in the same season. Florida State won at Seton Hall (67-56; Jan. 18, 1997) and defeated Connecticut in the semifinals of the postseason NIT (71-65; March 25, 1987) in Madison Square Garden. The Seminoles finished with a 20-12 record after falling to Michigan in the NIT final two says after defeating Connecticut.

*Florida State will play as school from the Garden State of New Jersey (St. Peter’s in Jersey City, N.J.) for the first time since defeating Fairleigh Dickinson (Teaneck, N.J) during the 2003-04 season.

*Florida State plays host to Boston College to mark the first time the Eagles will play in Tallahassee. It will mark the second time the Seminoles and Eagles will meet as ACC opponents after Florida State traveled to play at Chestnut Hill during the 2005-06 season.

*Florida State will play teams from four of the six BCS conferences during the regular season. The Seminoles will play at team from the Big East (Pittsburgh and Providence), the Big 10 (Wisconsin) and the SEC (Florida) while playing 11 opponents from the ACC. The only BCS conferences not on the Seminoles’ schedule are the Pac 10 and the Big 12.

Date        Day        Opponent                           Time         TV
Nov. 12     Sun.       McNeese State                      7:30 p.m.
                       Colonial Classic in Tallahassee
Nov. 13     Mon.       Illinois State                     7:30 p.m.
                       Colonial Classic in Tallahassee
Nov. 14     Tues.      Southern Methodist                 7:30 p.m.
                       Colonial Classic in Tallahassee
Nov. 19     Sun.       New Orleans                        5:00 p.m.
Nov. 24     Fri.       at Pittsburgh                      TBA
                       Colonial Classic in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Nov. 28     Tues.      at Wisconsin                       7:30 p.m.   espn2
                       ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Dec. 3      Sun.       Florida                            7:30 p.m.   FSN
Dec. 5      Tues.      at Stetson                         7:00 p.m.
Dec. 7      Thurs.     at Georgia State                   7:00 p.m.   FSNS/FSN-FL/CSN
Dec. 10     Sun.       SE Louisiana                       2:00 p.m.   FSN-FL
Dec. 18     Mon.       High Point                         7:00 p.m.
Dec. 21     Thurs.     Coastal Carolina                   7:00 p.m.
Dec. 23     Sat.       St. Peter's                        2:00 p.m.
Dec. 29     Fri.       vs. Providence                     9:30 p.m.   FSNS/FSN-FL
                       at St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Fla.
Jan. 3      Wed.       * Clemson                         7:00 p.m.
Jan. 7      Sun.       * at North Carolina               7:00 p.m.    FSN
Jan. 13     Sat.       * at Georgia Tech                 2:00 p.m.
Jan. 17     Wed.       * Virginia Tech                   7:00 p.m.
Jan. 20     Sat.       * Miami (Fla.)                    2:00 p.m.    RLF
Jan. 23     Tues.      * at Boston College               7:00 p.m.    RSN
Jan. 27     Sat.       * Wake Forest                     4:00 p.m.    RLF
Jan. 30     Tues.      * Maryland                        8:00 p.m.    RLF Split
Feb. 4      Sun.       * at Duke                         2:00 p.m.    FSN
Feb. 7      Wed.       * at Clemson                      7:30 p.m.
Feb. 11     Sun.       * Boston College                  3:00 p.m.    FSN
Feb. 13     Tues.      * Georgia Tech                    8:00 p.m.    RLF Split
Feb. 17     Sat.       * at Virginia                     1:00 p.m.    RLF Split
Feb. 21     Wed.       * at Maryland                     9:00 p.m.    RLF Split
Feb. 24     Sat.       * NC State                        1:00 p.m.    RLF Split
March 3     Sat.       * at Miami                        Noon         RSN
March 8-11  Thurs.-Sun.	at ACC Tournament                TBA          ESPN/espn2/RLF
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