July 22, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State, the third winningest program in ACC play in the last eight years, will face UMass in the 2013 MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic on December 21 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. The Seminoles will play in the Orange Bowl Classic for the second consecutive season and for the fifth time in school history. Florida State defeated Tulsa, 82-63 in last year’s event and is 3-1 all-time in four previous appearances including a game against UMass during the 1999-00 season.
Florida State and Florida will showcase the doubleheader; the Gators will play in the event for the third consecutive season against an as of yet undetermined opponent. The order of the games and the times the games will be played will be announced at a later date.
Florida State is coming off its eighth consecutive postseason appearance and school-record fifth consecutive season with at least nine ACC victories and enters the 2013-14 season looking to win the ACC championship for the second time in the last three seasons. The Seminoles won the first ACC Championship in school history in 2012. Florida State returns four of its five starters from last season, including second-leading scorer and top rebounder (#white for all-American) Okaro White (12.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg) and fellow senior Ian Miller (10.3 ppg, 1.3 apg). The Seminoles finished last season with an 18-16 record and played in the NIT.
Leonard Hamilton, the only man to be named the Coach of the Year in the ACC and the Big East multiple times in both leagues, enters his 12th season at Florida State. He was named the ACC Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2012 and led the Seminoles to a school record four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 2009-2012.
UMass finished the 2012-13 season with a 21-12 record and a postseason appearance in the NIT. UMass welcomes back seven letterwinners and three starters this season including Chaz Williams the scoring and assist leader from a year ago (15.5 ppg, 7.3 apg) for the Minutemen. Massachusetts returns 55 percent of its scoring and 73 percent of its rebounding from a year ago and have recorded at least 20 wins each of the last two seasons.
The Minutemen are led by sixth-year head coach Derek Kellogg who has collected 85 career victories and sits fourth on the school’s career coaching list behind legends Jack Leaman, John Calipari and Bruiser Flint. This is the Minutemen’s second Classic appearance (1999).
With the addition of national powers Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the ACC for the 2013-14 season (and defending national champion Louisville for the 2014-15 season) the Seminoles will play what will be the greatest basketball conference in college basketball history. Florida State will begin its newly expanded ACC schedule in January with nine conference home games including North Carolina, Notre Dame and Syracuse playing in Tallahassee during the upcoming season. Fans can visit Seminoles.com or call the ticket office at 888-FSU-NOLE to order season tickets which are currently on sale.
For ticket information for the Orange Bowl Classic please contact the Orange Bowl ticket sales office at (305) 341-4701 or visit www.orangebowl.org.