TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State will face UAB in the first round of the AdvoCare Invitational on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 at approximately 9:30 p.m. at the HP Field House at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., as the bracket for one of the most anticipated pre-season events of the season was released by ESPN Events.
In addition to the Seminoles’ contest against UAB scheduled as the fourth of four games on Thanksgiving Day, Villanova will play Cansius (1:30 p.m.), Memphis will play Oklahoma State (4:00p.m.) and the College of Charleston will play LSU (7:00 p.m.) in the four first round matchups. Florida State will face the winner/loser of the College of Charleston vs. LSU game in the second round.
The Seminoles’ first round game in the AdvoCare Invitational will be televised on either ESPN2 or ESPNU. Each of the 12 games (three for each team) in the tournament will be televised on the ESPN family of networks.
The game between the Seminoles and the Blazers is the fourth game in the series, which dates back to the 1978-79 season. The Seminoles lead the series by a 3-0 margin with one win in Birmingham, one in Tallahassee and one in Daytona Beach, Fla., in the Glenn Wilkes Classic. Rob Ehsan is in his second season as the head coach at UAB. He was a graduate assistant (2005-07), assistant recruiting director (2008), and assistant coach (2009-11) at Maryland. Florida State was 3-5 against Maryland with Ehsan on the Terrapins’ bench. Ehsan was also an assistant coach at Virginia Tech in 2012 – the Seminoles were 2-0 against the Hokies in his only season in Blacksburg.
With the release of Florida State’s first round opponent in the AdvoCare Invitational, it’s non-conference schedule continues to grow towards its completion. Already announced on the non-conference schedule is the Seminoles’ season opener against Florida in Tallahassee (Nov. 6), their ACC Big Ten Challenge game against Purdue in Tallahassee (Nov. 28) and a neutral site game against UConn in the Never Forget Tribute Classic (Dec. 8) at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
Florida State returns nearly 75 percent of its scoring and more than 76 percent of its rebounding from its 2018 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight team. The Seminoles return three starters (Phil Cofer, Terance Mann, Christ Koumadje) from their Elite Eight Team. Cofer (12.8 ppg / 5.1 rpg) and Mann (12.6 ppg / 5.4 rpg) return as Florida State’s top two returning scorers and top two returning rebounders from the Seminoles’ 2018 team that finished third in the ACC in scoring (80.2 ppg). Cofer and Mann were both named to the NCAA Tournament All-West Region Team as they led the Seminoles to wins over No. 8 seeded Missouri, No. 1 seeded Xavier and No. 4 seeded Gonzaga to advance within one game of the Final Four.
Florida State’s complete schedule with dates and times will be announced in September. The Seminoles’ conference opponents have already been announced. Florida State plays its rivals – Clemson and Miami – both of whom played in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, along with Georgia Tech and Wake Forest at home and on the road. The Seminoles play Duke, Louisville, Notre Dame, NC State and Virginia Tech at home only and play Boston College, North Carolina, Pitt, Syracuse and Virginia on the road only.
Season Tickets for the 2018-19 season are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by visiting seminoles.com or by calling the Florida State Ticket office at 1-888-378-6653.