TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Florida State, which has won six of its seven games to begin the 2016-17 season, travels to Washington, D.C. to play George Washington in the BB&T Classic at the Verizon Center on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. The game marks only the third ever meeting between the Seminoles and the Colonials and the first in 37 years since the teams last met during the 1978-79 season. The Seminoles’ game against the Colonials is their third neutral site meeting of the season after playing and splitting two games in the NIT Season Tip-Off at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. over the Thanksgiving holiday. Florida State’s game at the Verizon Center marks its first in the venue since playing two games there in the 2016 ACC Tournament. The Seminoles defeated Boston College and fell to Virginia Tech in advancing to the second round of the event. The 2005 ACC Tournament was also played the Verizon Center giving the Seminoles a 2-2 record in games played in the arena. Following Sunday’s game against George Washington, the Seminoles return home for three consecutive home games next week against Southern Miss (Dec. 6, 7:00 p.m.), Nicholls State (Dec. 8, 9:00 p.m.) and the Sunshine State Showdown against Florida (Dec. 11, 4:00 p.m.).
WATCHING SUNDAY’S GAME AGAINST GEORGE WASHINGTON
Florida State’s game against George Washington will be televised by the CBS Sports Network. Fans in Tallahassee can watch the game on channel 393/743 on Comcast Cable and on DirecTV channel 221.
FLORIDA STATE VS. GEORGE WASHINGTON – A SERIES HISTORY
Florida State faces George Washington in the BB&T Classic at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on December 4, 2016. The game will mark the third game in the series which began during the 1967-68 season. The two teams last played during the 1978-79 season. The Seminoles defeated the Colonials by a 94-69 advantage on December 29, 1967 in the first round of the University of Evansville Invitational and by a 71-68 score in a game played at George Washington on January 25, 1979. The game will be played in the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. marking the second consecutive season the Seminoles will play in the building after playing in the 2016 ACC Tournament last season. Florida State’s game against George Washington is its third of four non-conference games in 2016-17 that will be played in an arena that also houses an NHL Team. The Verizon Center is home to the Washington Capitals while Barclays Center (two games in the NIT Season Tip-Off) is home to the New York Islanders. Florida State will play Manhattan at the BB&T Center – home of the Florida Panthers – in the Orange Bowl Classic on December 17, 2016. The Seminoles’ game against George Washington of the Atlantic 10 is its first against a team from the A10 since the Seminoles played UMass in the final round of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic on November 23, 2014.
SEMINOLES’ BACON A NOMINEE FOR THE ALLSTATE GOOD WORKS TEAM
Dwayne Bacon, the community service leader for the Florida State basketball team, is a nominee for the 2017 Allstate NABC Good Works Team. The award honors outstanding student-athletes who represent college basketball’s finest in the areas of community service and leadership among their peers. Bacon is one of 111 nominees from 111 different NCAA Division I college and universities. Bacon is one of the most community service-oriented student-athletes at Florida State. He is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at Florida State and participated in the highest number of community service hours among all of the Seminoles’ male student-athletes. He was a member of the All-ACC Academic Basketball Team as a freshman and was presented with the First-Year Academic Achievement Award by the Florida State coaching staff at the conclusion of his first season as a Seminole.
SEMINOLES HELP ACC TO WIN IN ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE
With their victory over Minnesota on Nov. 28 (75-67 in Tallahassee) the Seminoles helped the ACC win the ACC/Big Ten Challenge by a 9-5 margin. Also winning for the ACC were Clemson, Duke, Louisville, Miami, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat George Washington and win its seventh game of the 2016-17 season. It would mark the earliest date the Seminoles have earned seven wins to open a season since it won its seventh game of the 2008-09 season November 29, 2008;
…Defeat George Washington and defeat a team from the nation’s capital since the Seminoles defeated Georgetown, 101-90, in the third round of the NIT on March 24, 2014 in Tallahassee;
…Defeat George Washington and win its second consecutive game played at a neutral site. The Seminoles defeated Illinois of the Big Ten on Nov. 25, 2016 at the Barclays Center.