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Men’s Basketball Schedule For 2005-06 Season Released

Aug. 23, 2005

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Highlighted by home games against defending national champion North Carolina and three-time NCAA Champion Duke, the Florida State men’s basketball team will play seven games against NCAA Tournament teams and seven more against NIT participants on its 2005-06 men’s basketball schedule as released by fourth-year Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles will also play host to Purdue in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, travel to play Nebraska in the Orange Bowl Classic and play their first ever game against new ACC member Boston College during their 16-game ACC schedule.

Florida State will play 15 homes games in the Donald L. Tucker Center with contests scheduled against North Carolina (Jan. 21), Georgia Tech (Feb. 8) and Duke (March 1) – all ACC opponents who played in the NCAA Tournament in 2005. The Seminoles will also play host to NIT participants Clemson (Feb. 1), Maryland (Feb. 22), Miami (Jan. 28) and Virginia Tech (Jan. 7). The Seminoles are 35-15 (.700 winning percentage) at home in the first three years of the Leonard Hamilton era.

“We have worked very hard to put together a very competitive schedule that will challenge our players and excite our fans,” said Hamilton. “We are playing 18 of our 27 regular season games in the state of Florida and will be able to showcase our team against some great competition to all areas of the state. The opponents on our schedule will also allow us to improve throughout the season and hopefully allow us to be playing our best basketball when we need to be at our best.”

Florida State plays host to defending national champion North Carolina in the Donald L. Tucker Center (Jan. 22) 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. In addition, the Seminoles defeated defending national champion NC State (champions in 1983) during the 1984 NCAA Tournament ending the Wolfpack’s chance of repeating as national champion.

Florida State will play at Florida the night before (Nov. 25) the annual football game between the Seminoles and the Gators. It marks the first time since the 2001-02 season that the two intra-state rivals will meet the night before the football game matching the Seminoles and the Gators. The Seminoles defeated the NCAA Tournament bound Gators, 82-69, in Tallahassee during the 2004-05 season.

The Seminoles open their schedule at Jacksonville (Nov. 19) at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum. It marks the 22nd time in school history the Seminoles will open their season against a team from the state of Florida. Florida State has an 18-3 (.857 winning percentage) in season openers against teams from the Sunshine State. The Veterans Memorial Coliseum is a first and second round site (March 16 and 18) in the 2006 NCAA Tournament. The site is one of four NCAA Tournament early round sites which have already been announced as a sell-out.

Florida State plays host to Purdue in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (Nov. 29) in Tallahassee. The Boilermakers are the fourth different opponent for the Seminoles in the seven-year history of the challenge. Florida State has a 4-2 record in the history of the challenge and is 3-0 under head coach Leonard Hamilton in the event. The Seminoles enter the game against Purdue having won three consecutive ACC/Big Ten Challenge games.

Florida State has four first time opponents in Louisiana-Monroe (Dec. 2), Bowling Green (Dec. 17), Nebraska (Dec. 31) and Boston College (Jan. 14). Only one of those games, against Louisiana-Monroe, will be played at home and only one other, at Boston College, will be a true road game. The games scheduled against Bowling Green will be played at the Coors Classic in Mobile Alabama (at the University of South Alabama) and the game against Nebraska at the Orange Bowl Classic will be played at the Office Depot Center in Sunrise, Fla.

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 will play at Florida the night before the annual football game between the Seminoles and the Gators. It marks the first time since the 2001-02 season that the two intra-state rivals will meet the night before the football game matching the two-time national champion Seminoles and the one-time national champion Gators.

Florida State opens its 2005-06 season at Jacksonville marking the first time since the 1991-92 season the Seminoles have opened their season against the Dolphins. Florida State defeated Jacksonville, 100-91, on Nov. 26, 1991 marking one of nine times in school history that the Seminoles have scored at last 100 points in a season opener.

Florida State opens its home schedule against Alcorn State on Nov. 21 in the Donald L. Tucker Center. It marks the fourth time in school history the Seminoles have opened their home schedule against teams from the state of Mississippi. The Seminoles are 2-1 in home openers against teams from the state of Mississippi.

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 plays only one game against ACC newcomer Boston College (Jan. 14 at Chestnut Hill). It marks the first time the Seminoles and Eagles will play each other in men’s basketball.

Florida State travels to Virginia Tech to play the Hokies on the road for the first time as ACC opponents. The Seminoles defeated the Hokies, 77-70, on Jan. 8, 2005 in Tallahassee in the first meeting of the two teams as ACC members. The Seminoles and Hokies were members of the Metro Conference from 1980 through 1991. Entering the 2005-06 season, Florida State has won six straight against the Virginia Tech including four straight in Blacksburg.

Florida State plays host to Massachusetts (Feb. 12) marking the second consecutive season the Seminoles have played the Minutemen of the Atlantic-10. It marks the first time since the 1992 season that Massachusetts comes to Tallahassee (Dec. 2, 1992, 67-64 Florida State win). The visit by the Minutemen marks the first time since the 1999-00 season when Temple came to the Capital City that an Atlantic-10 team will play in Tallahassee.

Florida State will play 11 non-conference games with 10 coming before Jan. 1 and only one coming after Jan. 1. Of those 11 games, the Seminoles will play six of those teams for the second consecutive season (Florida, Jacksonville, Massachusetts, Stetson and Texas Southern). Florida State was 5-1 against those teams last season including a victory over NCAA Tournament participant Florida.

2005-06 Florida State Men’s Basketball Schedule
Date Day Opponent Television Time

Nov. 19 Sat. at Jacksonville FS-FL 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 21 Mon. Alcorn State 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 25 Fri. at Florida FS-FL 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 29 Tues. 1 Purdue (ACC/Big Ten) espn2 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 2 Fri. Louisiana-Monroe FS-FL 8:00 p.m.
Dec. 7 Wed. Texas Southern 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 17 Sat. 2 vs. Bowling Green CSS 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 20 Tues. Stetson FS-FS 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 22 Thurs. Campbell 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 31 Sat. 3 vs. Nebraska FS-FL 1:30 p.m.
Jan. 4 Wed. at Clemson 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 Sat. Virginia Tech 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 11 Wed. at Virginia 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 14 Sat. at Boston College 2:00 p.m.
Jan. 22 Sun. North Carolina FSN 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 24 Tues. at Wake Forest RSN 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 29 Sun. Miami RJ 4:00 p.m.
Feb. 1 Wed. Clemson 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 4 Sat. at Duke RSN 12:00 p.m.
Feb. 9 Tues. Georgia Tech ESPNU TBA
Feb. 12 Sun. Massachusetts FSN 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 15 Wed. at NC State 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 18 Sat. Virginia RJ 4:00 p.m.
Feb. 22 Wed. Maryland RJ 9:00 p.m.
Feb. 25 Sat. at Virginia Tech 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 1 Wed. Duke ESPN 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 5 Sat. at Miami RJ 1:00 p.m.
Mar. 9-12 Thurs.-Sun. 4 at ACC Tournament ESPN, espn2 TBA
1 ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Tallahassee, Fla.
2 Coors Classic at Mobile, Ala.
3 Orange Bowl Classic at Sunrise, Fla.
4 ACC Tournament at Greensboro, N.C.
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