Oct. 30, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State men’s basketball team, which is a consensus national choice to finish fifth in the 2006-07 Atlantic Coast Conference race, plays the first of its two exhibition games in preparation for the upcoming season Tuesday night as it plays host to Spring Hill College Tuesday night at 7:00p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Florida State, which advanced to the second round of the NIT, finished fifth in the ACC standings with a 9-7 record and defeated No. 1 ranked Duke during the 2005-06 season, returns three starters and nine letter winners for the 2006-07 season as it looks to continue building on the rock-solid foundation which has been put into place by fifth-year head coach Leonard Hamilton. Led by All-America, National and ACC Player of the Year Candidate Al Thornton, the Seminoles return more than 60 percent of their total scoring (.647 percent) and rebounding (.603 percent) from a season ago. Thornton is Florida State’s leading returning scorer (16.1 ppg), rebounder (6.9 rpg) and leader in both field goals and free throws made as he enters the 2006-07 season as one of the nation’s top collegiate players.
Florida State’s game against Spring Hill is also Fan Day – the first chance Seminole fans will have to watch, greet and meet their favorite players on their favorite basketball team. Being that the game is scheduled for Halloween Night, special events are planned for the younger Seminole fans. Among the special treats in store for costumed fans are trick or treating in the Tucker Center before the game, a costume contest with live judging during the game and a chance to meet the Seminole players, cheerleaders and golden girls before and after the game.
The Seminole players and coaches will be available after the game to sign the teams’ official schedule poster.
Admission to the event, which is presented by Fox 49, is free and the seating in general admission.