Nov. 6, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State, which has played in four of the last five NCAA Tournaments and has made a school-record eight consecutive postseason tournament appearances, opens its 67th season of basketball as it plays host to Jacksonville on November 8, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have won 17 consecutive games and 10 consecutive home games against the Dolphins – a pair of streaks that dates to Jan. 6, 1988. Florida State’s game against Jacksonville marks the fifth time in school history (all under Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton) that the Seminoles have opened their season against the Dolphins. The two teams most recently opened their respective regular seasons with a 79-67 Seminole win on Nov. 11, 2011 in Tallahassee.
FLORIDA STATE VS. JACKSONVILLE
Florida State opens its 2013-14 season as it plays host to Jacksonville on November 8 at the Donald L. Tucker Center. It marks the third time in the last five seasons the Seminoles open their season against Jacksonville. The game against the Dolphins will mark the fifth consecutive time the two teams have met in the month of November. Florida State has won 17 consecutive games against Jacksonville since an 87-63 victory January 6, 1988 and is 5-0 under Leonard Hamilton against the Dolphins. The Seminoles are 106-42 (.716 winning percentage) against teams from the Atlantic Sun. The Seminoles are 23-4 (.852 winning percentage) in season openers against teams from the state of Florida, a perfect 5-0 against Jacksonville in season openers and a total of 286-133 in all-time games against teams from the state of Florida.
SEMINOLE SENIORS LOOK TO PLAY IN THIRD CAREER NCAA TOURNAMENT
Florida State’s senior class, Okaro White, Ian Miller, Kiel Turpin and Robert Gilchrist, enters the 2013-14 season looking to lead their team back to the NCAA Tournament – an event the Seminoles have played in during four of the last five seasons. White and Miller, a pair of fourth-year Seminoles, along with Turpin and Gilchrist, two junior college transfers, have all played in the postseason and will look to close their careers in the NCAA Tournament. Florida State played in a school record four consecutive NCAA Tournaments (2009-2012) and won the ACC Championship in 2012 before playing in the NIT in 2013.
SEMINOLES TO PLAY IN BRAND NEW ACC IN 2014
Called by many the best conference in the history of college basketball, Florida State will play in the new look ACC with the additions of perennial national powers Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse to their already incredibly tough conference schedule. The Seminoles will face each of the 14 teams in the ACC at least once and will play two games each against NCAA Tournament participant Miami, NIT participants Maryland and Virginia along with Clemson in home-and home series against those four teams. The additions of Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse to the league beginning with the upcoming 2013-14 season has made the ACC arguably the best college basketball conference in the nation. The Seminoles will now face the No. 3 (North Carolina), No. 4 (Duke) and No. 5 (Syracuse) winningest programs of all time annual basis. Defending national champion Louisville will join the ACC next year and be on Florida State’s schedule for the 2014-15 season.
HAMILTON EARNS CONTRACT EXTENSION
Leonard Hamilton, who led Florida State to the 2012 ACC Championship and cemented the Seminoles as the third winningest program in the ACC since the start of the 2005-06 season, earned a contract extension that will keep him as the Seminoles’ head basketball coach through the 2016-17 season. The deal was announced on July 3, 2013. “I am extremely thankful to President Eric Barron and our administration for allowing us to continue to build upon the foundation that we have worked so hard to put into place in my first 11 years at Florida State,” said Hamilton. “We are excited for our university and our basketball program as we enter a new era in the Atlantic Coast Conference which is now the best league in the history of college basketball.” Hamilton, the two-time ACC Coach of the Year (2009 and 2012), has led Florida State to new heights since being named the Seminoles’ head coach on March 19, 2002. “We are excited to have Coach Hamilton continue to lead our basketball program at Florida State through the 2016-17 season,” said Barron.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Jacksonville and win its 18th consecutive game against the Dolphins. The Seminoles have won each of their last 17 games against Jacksonville since an 87-63 win on January 6, 1988;
…Defeat Jacksonville and win its 11th home opener in the last 12 seasons. The Seminoles are 10-1 in season openers under head coach Leonard Hamilton;
…Win its fifth consecutive home game in the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles won four consecutive ACC home games – against Boston College, Wale Forest, Virginia and NC State – to close out the 2012-13 season.
WHITE LEADS VETERAN GROUP OF SEMINOLES
All-American candidate Okaro White, who has played in a team high 103 career games, started 59 of the last 103 Seminoles game and has started a team high 59 games entering the 2013-14 season. The Seminoles’ nine returning letter winners have played in a total of 398 games with a total of 106 career starting assignments spread out among three players – White (59), Kiel Turpin (25) and Montay Brandon (22). The Seminoles are 66-37 overall (.641 winning percentage), 32-18 in the ACC (.640 winning percentage) and have played in two consecutive NCAA Tournaments with its current group of true senior veterans on the roster.
ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE WHITE LEADS RETURNING SEMINOLES
All-American candidate Okaro White, the only Seminole to start all 34 games for the 2012-13 season, is Florida State’s leading returner in five different statistical categories including scoring, field goals made, rebounding, steals and minutes played. White led the Seminoles in both rebounding (201 rebounds / 5.4 rpg) and steals (33 steals) for the 2012-13 season. He finished in the top 20 in the 2013 ACC statistics in rebounding. Senior Kiel Turpin, Florida State’s leading returning shot blocker with 43 blocks in 2013, finished in eighth place in the blocked shots category and is the fourth leading returning shot blocker in the ACC for the 2013-14 season. Sophomore Boris Bojanovsky, the Seminoles’ third leading shot blocker during the 2013 season, ranked fifth among freshmen in the ACC in shots blocked last season with 25 blocks in 33 games played.