August 17, 2000 - by
Men’s Basketball Faces Florida, Minnesota At Home; Ohio State In Alaska

Aug. 17, 2000

Florida at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center, Minnesota in the second annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge and Ohio State in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout highlight Florida State University’s men’s basketball schedule as released by head coach Steve Robinson. The Seminoles could play as many as 15 regular season games against teams that participated in either the NCAA or NIT postseason tournaments last season.

Florida, which lost to Michigan State in the national championship game of the 2000 NCAA Tournament, will open its and the Seminoles’ regular season on Nov. 17 at the Civic Center in a game televised on the Sunshine Network. The Seminoles have defeated the Gators in three of the last five meetings between the intra-state rivals. Florida State’s game against Florida will mark one of nine potential games broadcast live on either ESPN or ESPN2.

“We are very excited about the upcoming schedule,” said head coach Steve Robinson. “It gets us off to a fast and furious start and allows us to play a number of national caliber teams. Our team continues to work hard to be at the point where we are in the position to play a top national schedule year in and year out.”

The Seminoles will play Minnesota in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge on Nov. 29 at the Civic Center. The Golden Gophers, who advanced to the national semifinals in 1995, will make their first appearance in Tallahassee since 1979. The four-game series between Florida State and Minnesota is tied at two games each.

Florida State will face Big Ten conference tournament quarterfinalist Ohio State in the opening round of the 2000 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout at 9:30 EST, Thursday, Nov. 23. The series between the Seminoles and the Buckeyes began on Dec. 2, 1961 and the teams have met three times. Florida State meets either DePaul or Syracuse in a second round game Friday, Nov. 24.

Florida State will host one intra-squad scrimmage on Nov. 1 and one exhibition against One World All-Stars on Nov. 9. Both games will be played at the Civic Center. The Seminoles will play seven non-conference games in December including home games against South Florida (Dec. 7) and Jacksonville (Dec. 21) and road games at Southeastern Conference foe Vanderbilt (Dec. 9) and at Cleveland State (Dec. 19). Cleveland State is coached by Rollie Massimino who guided Villanova to the 1985 NCAA championship.

The Seminoles will also play host to Furman (Dec. 4), Binghamton (Dec. 21) and Morgan State (Dec. 30) before hosting Duke in their ACC opener on Jan. 4. Florida State will play host to Maryland on Jan. 14 and North Carolina on Jan. 20.

Florida State’s final non-conference home game of the season will come on Jan. 6 as it plays host to UNC Asheville. The ACC Tournament is March 8-11 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.

Florida State’s 2000-2001 Schedule
N1 + Garnet and Gold Game 7:00 p.m.
N9 + One World All-Stars 7:00 p.m. Sunshine Network
N17 Florida 7:30 p.m. Sunshine
N23 $ Ohio State TBA ESPN
N24 $ at Great Alaska Shootout TBA ESPN
N25 $ at Great Alaska Shootout TBA ESPN
N29 % Minnesota 8:00 p.m. ESPN
D4 Furman 8:00 p.m. Sunshine
D7 South Florida 7:00 p.m.
D9 at Vanderbilt 5:00 p.m. Fox Sports Network South/Sun
D17 Jacksonville 1:00 p.m. Sunshine
D19 at Cleveland State 8:00 p.m. Sunshine
D21 Binghamton 7:00 p.m.
D30 Morgan State 2:00 p.m. Sunshine
J4 * Duke 7:00 p.m. ESPN2
J6 UNC Asheville 2:00 p.m. Sunshine
J9 * at Wake Forest 8:00 p.m. Raycom/Jefferson Pilot
J14 * Maryland 1:30 p.m. Raycom/Jefferson Pilot
J16 * at Virginia 8:00 p.m. Raycom/Jefferson Pilot
J20 * North Carolina 4:00 p.m. Raycom/Jefferson Pilot
J25 * NC State 7:00 p.m. ESPN2
J27 * at Georgia Tech Noon Fox Sports Net South/HTS/Sun
J31 * Clemson 7:00 p.m.
F4 * at Duke 1:00 p.m. Raycom/Jefferson Pilot
F10 * Wake Forest Noon Fox Sports Net South/HTS/Sun
F14 * at Maryland 9:00 p.m. Raycom/Jefferson Pilot
F17 * Virginia 4:00 p.m. Raycom/Jefferson Pilot
F22 * at North Carolina 8:00 p.m. Raycom/Jefferson Pilot
F25 * at NC State 4:00 p.m. Raycom/Jefferson Pilot
F28 * Georgia Tech 7:00 p.m.
M3 * at Clemson Noon Sports Net South/HTS/Sun
M8-11 at ACC Tournament TBA ESPN
Atlanta, Ga.
+ exhibition game, $ Great Alaska Shootout at Anchorage, Alaska,
% ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Tallahassee, Fla., * ACC Game
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