June 5, 2007
TALLAHASSE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s basketball team, which won 22 games and advanced to the third round of the NIT in 2007, will play Butler in the Wooden Tradition at 1:00 p.m. (EST) on Dec. 15 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Seminoles’ game against the Bulldogs is the first game of the doubleheader that will feature Purdue and Louisville in the second game. Florida State is making its first appearance in the Wooden Tradition.
Florida State’s game against Butler is the Seminoles’ second announced game on their 2007-08 schedule. The Seminoles will play host to Minnesota in the ninth annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee on Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Florida State’s complete scheduled will be released in August.
Florida State and Butler will meet for the fourth time with the most recent meeting coming as a 67-63 Seminole victory on March 17, 2006 in the first round of the 2006 NIT in Tallahassee. The Seminoles scored the final six points of the game to earn the victory and their 20th win of the 2006 season. Prior to that 2006 game, the Seminoles and the Bulldogs split a pair of games in 1996 and 1998 with each team winning on their home court.
“We are very excited to have been invited to play Butler in the prestigious Wooden Tradition,” said Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. “It is a tremendous opportunity for our program to play Butler in what is quickly becoming one of the top events in college basketball. We have a lot of respect for the success Butler has enjoyed and for how well-coached its players are. This game will be a tremendous challenge for our players and I know we will have to be at our best against such a talented team of players.”
Florida State finished the 2007 season with a 22-13 record and a 7-9 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Seminoles defeated Clemson in the first round of the ACC Tournament and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NIT with victories over Toledo and Michigan before falling to Mississippi State in the quarterfinal round of the event. The Seminoles return four of their top five scorers including the dynamic trio of Toney Douglas (12.7 ppg), Jason Rich (10.3 ppg) and Isaiah Swann (10.3 ppg).
The John R. Wooden Tradition was established in 2000 and is an annual tribute to the legendary former coach and the excellence he personifies. Similar to the standards established by the Wooden Classic, its California-based sibling founded in 1994, the event hosts college basketball’s premier programs. The Wooden Tradition is a celebration of the game of basketball and is organized along with the Wooden Tradition Golf Tournament (Sept. 10 at Prairie View Golf Club) and Coaches Dinner (Dec. 14 at The Westin Indianapolis) to benefit Special Olympics Indiana.
Tickets for the Wooden Tradition go on sale to the public on Oct. 13. Priority order forms for the 2007 Wooden Tradition are available online at woodentradition.com and ConsecoFieldhouse.com.