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Florida State Weekly Basketball Report / Aug 13

Aug. 13, 2005

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The much anticipated release of the basketball schedule will come sometime during the week of Aug. 15. Once the final times and television schedules are set in place, the Atlantic Coast Conference will release the schedules for all 12 teams for the upcoming 2005-06 season. This week’s edition of the Florida State weekly report gives the pieces on the schedule without actually giving you the schedule.

FLORIDA STATE VS. NEBRASKA ALREADY ANNOUNCED
Florida State’s game against Nebraska in the Office Depot Center (home of the NHL’s Florida Panthers) marks the second consecutive season the Seminoles’ will play a non-conference game in the home of professional sports team. The Seminoles played Louisiana State in the Sugar Bowl Classic in the New Orleans Arena (home of the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets) during the 2004-05 season. The Seminoles also played NC State in the ACC Tournament at the MCI Center (home of the Washington Wizards of the NBA and the Washington Capitals of the NHL) and have played NC State in the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C. (home of the Carolina Hurricane of the NHL) in each of the last five years. The RBC Center opened during the 1999-2000 season;

?FLORIDA STATE LOOKING TO FILL UP THE DONALD TUCKER CENTER
Florida State will play 15 regular season home games marking the sixth consecutive season the Seminoles will play at least 15 home games. The Seminoles have won 50 home games in the last five years and average 10 wins at the Donald L. Tucker Center during that span. The Seminoles are 35-15 (.700 winning percentage) at home in the first three years of the Leonard Hamilton era.

FLORIDA STATE MAKING ITS HOME IN THE SUNSHINE STATE
Seminole fans and fans of basketball in the state of Florida will have more than ample opportunities to see Florida State play this season. The Seminoles will play 18 of their 27 regular season games in the state of Florida. Those games include 15 home games at the Donald L. Tucker Center, the Seminoles game against Nebraska in Sunrise and two more as of yet unannounced games.

SEMINOLES TAKE ON BOSTON COLLEGE FOR FIRT TIME EVER
Florida State plays only one game against ACC newcomer Boston College. It marks the first time the Seminoles and Eagles will play each other in men’s basketball;

FOUR FIRST TIME OPPONENTS ON SCHEDULE
Florida State has four first time opponents on the schedule with only one of those games being played at home and only one other, at Boston College, as a true road game. Other games against first-time opponents against Bowling Green will be played at the Coors Classic in Mobile Alabama and the Seminoles’ game against Nebraska at the Orange Bowl Classic will be played at the Office Depot Center in Sunrise, Fla.

NATIONAL CHAMPION NORTH CAROLINA COMING TO TUCKER CENTER
Florida State plays host to defending national champion North Carolina in the Donald L. Tucker Center marking the eighth time in school history the Seminoles will play host to the defending national champion and 10th time in school history they will play the defending national champion the season after it won the title. Florida State has played host to three defending Duke teams (champions in 1991, 1992 and 2001), North Carolina (1993), Louisville (1983), Arizona (1997) and Maryland (2002) in the year directly after those teams had won a national championship. North Carolina won 33 games and had a winning percentage of nearly 90 percent with a record of 33-4. North Carolina’s win total and winning percentage was second in the nation to only Illinois – the team the Tar Heels defeated to win the national championship.

FLORIDA STATE AND ITS NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Florida State will play 11 non-conference games with 10 coming before Jan. 1 and only one coming after Jan. 1. Florida State’s first 10 games of the season are non-conference games and it will not play an ACC game in the month of December for the first time since the 2000-01 season.

THE ACC AS THE NATION’S TOP RATED CONFERENCE
The ACC has been rated as the nation’s top conference in each of the last two years and six times since 1992. The ACC has not been ranked lower than third in the final RPI of any season since the number crunchers began crunching the numbers in the early 1990’s.

SEMINOLES PLAY TOUGH SCHEDULE UNDER HAMILTON
Head coach Leonard Hamilton and his assistant coaching staff is doing the right things when it comes to scheduling on an annual basis. The Seminoles played the nation’s 21st toughest schedule during the 2004-05 season and have had a strength of schedule at 37th or higher during Hamilton’s first three seasons. Florida State is scheduled to play three teams during the 2005-06 season that ranked in the top 10 in strength of schedule last season. Duke played the nation’s fourth toughest schedule while Virginia played the nations seventh toughest and Georgia Tech the eight hardest. Florida State played the ACC’s fifth toughest schedule last season.

SEMINOLES PLAY HISTORICALLY TOUGH SCHEDULE
Historically, the Seminoles have played one of the nation’s toughest schedules. Dating back to 1992, Florida State has consistently played among the toughest schedules in the nation culminating in 1999 when the Seminoles played the nation’s hardest schedule according to the RPI Report. The Seminoles played the nation’s fourth hardest schedule when they advanced to the Round of eight in the 1993 NCAA Tournament.

SEMINOLES WILL FACE 22 DIFFERENT OPPONENTS IN 2005-06
Florida State has games scheduled against 22 different teams during the upcoming season. A year ago, 14 of those 22 teams finished with winning records with 11 of them advancing to play in either the NCAA or NIT Tournament. In addition seven of the Seminoles’ upcoming 22 opponents won at least 20 games with all seven of those teams advancing to play in the NCAA Tournament. Florida State will play teams from 10 different conferences with most of those opponents coming obviously from the ACC. The Seminoles will also play teams from the Southeastern, Big 10 and Big 12 conferences as they steamroll their way through their 27-game regular season schedule.

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