Tallahassee, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Florida State, which has won three consecutive games against UMass, faces the Minutemen in the fourth and final round of the 2014 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 12 noon. The Seminoles have won three consecutive games against UMass – with two coming on neutral courts and the third one coming in Tallahassee. The Seminoles defeated the Minutemen in the first round of the 2011Battle 4 Atlantis and topped UMass in the 2013 Orange Bowl Classic. The three-game winning streak against UMass began in Tallahassee on February 12, 2006. Following Sunday’s game against UMass, the Seminoles will play host to the Citadel on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee.
FLORIDA STATE VS. UMASS – A SERIES HISTORY
Florida State will play UMass at Mohegan Sun which is serving as a neutral site on November 23, 2014. The Seminoles defeated UMass during the 2013-14 season – a 60-55 Florida State win at the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise, Fla. Florida State has a 4-3 all-time series record against UMass with both teams taking games on their respective home court and Florida State having the one up for games played on neutral courts. Florida State is 11-11 against teams from the state of Massachusetts.
SEMINOLES TO HONOR NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE AGAINST UMASS
The Florida State men’s basketball team will wear turquoise Nike N7 uniforms against UMass on Sunday to raise awareness for bringing sport to Native American and Aboriginal youth. Florida State make a distinct departure from its traditional school colors to don turquoise Nike N7 uniforms to stand for the importance of bringing sport and physical activity to Native American and Aboriginal youth. “The Seminole Tribe of Florida approached us about this program and we are honored and excited to wear these unique uniforms,” said head coach Leonard Hamilton. “The color is significant as it is deeply symbolic of friendship and community in the Native American culture.” Florida State’s game against UMass marks the third time in the last two seasons the Seminoles will have worn the very special uniforms. The Seminoles wore the turquoise uniforms in their 89-61 win over UT-Martin in Tallahassee on November 17.
HAMILTON AND SEMINOLES SIGN TOP FIVE RATED RECRUITING CLASS
Florida State University head coach Leonard Hamilton has secured one of the top basketball recruiting classes in school history with the addition of four players – including two ranked within the nation’s top 50 players and three ranked within the top 100 – to the Seminoles’ already deep roster which includes only one graduating player. Signing National Letters of Intent with Hamilton and the Seminoles were forward Dwayne Bacon (Lakeland, Fla./Oak Hill Academy), guard Malik Beasley (Alpharetta, Ga./Saint Francis), center Jean Marc Christ Koumadje (Chad, Africa/Montverde Academy) and guard Terance Mann (Tilton, N.H./Tilton School). Florida State’s 2015 recruiting class is ranked among the nation’s best including No. 4 by 247Sports.com, No. 5 by ESPN.com, No. 6 nationally by Rivals.com and No. 6 by Hoopniks.com. “I must give my staff tremendous credit for recognizing the needs of our program and working very hard to address all of those needs in outstanding fashion,” said Hamilton. “I could not be happier with the group of players we have signed. Not only is this an extremely talented group but it is a group of young men all with tremendous character – character that further allows us to continue to move our program forward.”
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat UMass and gain its fourth consecutive win over the Minutemen. The Seminoles’ current streak began in 2011 and their most recent win came at the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise, Fla., on December 22, 2013;
…Defeat UMass and gain its third win in the last two seasons against a team from the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Seminoles topped No. 10/10 VCU, 85-67, in the first round of the 2013 Puerto Rico Tip Off and topped No. 20 UMass, 60-55, in the Orange Bowl Classic on December 21, 2013;
…Defeat UMass and win its fifth consecutive game against a team from the Atlantic 10. The Seminoles defeated two A-10 teams last season (VCU and UMass), defeated Saint Joseph’s, 73-66, in the championship game of the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament on November 17, 2012 and beat Saint Bonaventure, 66-63, on March 16, 2011 in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles fell last to an A-10 team in the Sweet 16 Round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament to VCU, 72-71, in overtime in San Antonio.