Aug. 18, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s basketball team will face six teams who played in the 2004 NCAA Tournament, two who played in the NIT, six teams who won at least 20 games and 11 teams who finished in fifth place or higher in their respective league standings as the Seminoles attack their most ambitious schedule in the three-year tenure of Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles are scheduled to play 16 games at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center including games against national finalist Georgia Tech, national semifinalist Duke and intra-state rival Florida as they attempt to advance to the postseason for the second consecutive season.
Florida State will play a 16-game ACC schedule – the same as it has since joining the league for the 1991-92 season. The Seminoles will play eight conference games at home including Duke (Jan. 22), North Carolina (Feb. 6) and new conference members Virginia Tech (Jan. 8) and Miami (Feb. 22). Only two teams – NC State and Maryland – will not make appearances at the TLCCC during the 2004-05 season. The Seminoles will also play eight conference games on the road including at Maryland (Dec. 19), at NC State (Jan. 26) and at North Carolina (March 3). The Seminoles will not travel to either Duke or Virginia Tech during regular season round robin play within the conference.
Hamilton has scheduled three Southeastern Conference teams, one Big 10 team and one from Conference USA. The Seminoles will travel to Ole Miss (Dec. 4) and Louisiana State (Dec. 30, Sugar Bowl Classic) while playing host to Florida (Jan. 2). It marks the first time since 1999-2000 season that the Seminoles will play three SEC teams during the same season. The Seminoles will play at Minnesota in the sixth annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge (Nov. 30) and against TCU in the Corpus Christi Invitational.
Florida State has a 3-2 record in five appearances in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and defeated Northwestern, 71-53, during the 2003 challenge. The Seminoles defeated Northwestern during the 1999 challenge and Iowa during the 2002 challenge. Florida State is undefeated, 2-0, under Hamilton in the challenge while the ACC, as a conference, has won all five of the ACC/Big Ten Challenges.
“This schedule represents the type of challenge that will really motivate our players to work hard in the preseason in order to reach their full potential,” said Hamilton. “We are very excited about the opportunities this schedule will presents to our team.”
Including Florida, one of six teams ranked in the final 2004 ESPN/USA Today and Associated Press polls, the Seminoles will play four teams from the state of Florida. The Seminoles will play host to Florida International (Dec. 12) for the first time since 1995; Jacksonville (Dec. 21), in the return of Seminole Hall-of-Fame Coach Hugh Durham, and Stetson (Dec. 23) in the Hatters second visit to Tallahassee in the last three years.
Florida State opens the season at home against Texas Southern (Nov. 19) and will play its first three and four of its first eight games at home. The Seminoles’ are 23-7 in non-conference home games during Hamilton’s first two season. Two of those home games will come in the first round of the Corpus Christi Invitational. The Seminoles will face Kent State and TCU in the final two games of the event. The tournament is similar to the University of Pittsburgh Holiday Hoops Classic which the Seminoles played in and advanced to the Championship game last season. The four games in the exempt tournament count as only one towards Florida State’s limit of 27 regular season games.
Led by seniors Anthony Richardson (Raleigh, N.C.) and Adam Waleskowski (Dayton, Ohio), a total of five players with starting experience return to the Seminoles roster in 2004-05. Richardson started 24 of 29 games during the 2002-03 season and 16 of 33 during the 2003-04 season and is the most experienced Seminole in terms of starts with 40 entering his senior season. Richardson has missed only one game during his career and needs only 195 points to reach the 1,000 point plateau for his career. Waleskowski, who has played in every game of his career, enjoyed the best season of his career as a junior when he averaged a career-high 6.8 points and a career-high and team-leading 5.4 rebounds. Waleskowski started each of the final three games of the season – against NC State in the ACC Tournament and against Wichita State and Iowa State as the Seminoles advanced to the second round of the NIT.
Florida State 2004-05 Basketball Schedule
Date Opponent TV Time
11/19/04 Texas Southern Sunshine 6:00
11/22/04 Corpus Christi Invit. (1) 7:00
11/24/04 Corpus Christi Invit. (1) 7:00
11/26/04 vs. Kent State (2) TBA
11/27/04 vs. TCU (2) TBA
11/30/04 at Minnesota (3) espn2 7:30
12/4/04 at Mississippi FSNS/Sun 3:30
12/12/04 Florida International Sunshine 3:30
12/14/04 TBA 7:00
12/16/04 South Alabama Sunshine 7:00
12/19/04 at Maryland FSN 6:00
12/21/04 Jacksonville Sunshine 7:00
12/23/04 Stetson Sunshine 5:30
12/30/04 vs. Louisiana State (4) FSNS/Sun 10:00
1/2/05 Florida RJ split 1:00
1/8/05 Virginia Tech 7:00
1/12/05 Clemson 7:00
1/15/05 at Miami RJ split Noon
1/18/05 Wake Forest espn2 7:00
1/22/05 Duke ESPN 6:00
1/26/05 at NC State 7:30
2/2/05 at Georgia Tech RSN 7:00
2/6/05 North Carolina FSN 2:00
2/9/05 at Virginia 7:30
2/12/05 at Wake Forest ABC 1:30
2/20/05 Georgia Tech ABC 1:30
2/22/05 Miami RSN 6:30
2/27/05 at Clemson RJ split 2:00
3/3/05 at North Carolina RJ 9:00
3/6/05 Virginia RJ 2:00
3/10-13/05 ACC Tournament RT/ESPN TBA
1 – Corpus Christi Invit., Tallahassee, Fla.
2 – Corpus Christi Invit., Corpus Christi, Texas
3 – ACC-Big 10 Challenge in Minneapolis, Minn.
4 – Sugar Bowl Tournament, New Orleans, Louis.
5 – ACC Tournament, MCI Center, Washington, D.C.