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Florida State To Play Purdue In ACC/Big Ten Challenge

June 29, 2005

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State University men’s basketball team will play host to Purdue in the seventh annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge at the Donald L. Tucker Center Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. The game between the Seminoles and the Boilermakers will be televised nationally on espn2 and will mark only the second meeting between the two teams.

Florida State defeated Purdue, 69-66, in the first round of the Holiday Classic in Louisville, Ken., on Dec. 26, 1974.

Florida State has a 4-2 record in six appearances in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and has won three straight games in the challenge series. The Seminoles have defeated Iowa in 2002 (Dec. 2, 2002; 80-67), Northwestern in 2003 (Dec. 1, 2003; 71-57) and Minnesota (Nov. 30, 2004, 70-69) in their last three challenge games and are undefeated (3-0) in the event under Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. Florida State defeated Northwestern in 2000 (Dec. 1, 2000; 60-46) in the first year of the event.

The ACC, which won the event by a 7-2 margin last season, has won the Commissioner’s Cup during each of the first six years of the event. With the expansion of the ACC in recent years the event has increased to 11 games and 22 teams from nine games and 18 games during the first six years of the event. Boston College, which officially joins the ACC on July 1, 2005, is the only team in the two conferences that will not participate in the event.

Since 2000, the ACC and the Big Ten have combined to make 13 final four appearances and captured four of the last six NCAA Championships. In addition, the ACC and the Big Ten rank either first or second in all-time NCAA Tournament Bids, NCAA Tournament victories and Final Four appearances. The 2005 ACC/Big Ten Challenge includes three of the Final Four teams from a year ago – North Carolina, Illinois and Michigan State.

All 11 games will be televised by either ESPN, espn2 or ESPNU.

Florida State begins the fourth year of the Leonard Hamilton era looking to continue building on the solid foundation that has been put into place since the veteran coach’s arrival prior to the 2002 season. The Seminoles have made great strides under Hamilton’s leadership and will look to combine a solid, highly-recruited group of veterans with the third consecutive top-15 recruiting class to produce the next in a long line of winning teams at Florida State. The Seminoles have defeated six ranked opponents in the last three seasons including the nation’s No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 ranked teams and have placed themselves on the cusp of becoming a team deserving of national attention during the conference season and into the NCAA Tournament.

Seventh Annual 2005 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Schedule
Monday, Nov. 28, 2005

7:30 p.m. espn2 Virginia Tech at Ohio State

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2005
7:00 p.m. ESPN Wisconsin at Wake Forest
7:30 p.m. espn2 Purdue at Florida State
8:00 p.m. ESPNU Clemson at Penn State
9:00 p.m. ESPN Illinois at North Carolina
9:30 p.m. espn2 Miami at Michigan

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005
7:00 p.m. ESPN Georgia Tech at Michigan State
7:30 p.m. espn2 Minnesota at Maryland
8:00 p.m. ESPNU Northwestern at Virginia
9:00 p.m. ESPN Duke at Indiana
9:30 p.m. espn2 NC State at Iowa

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