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Seminoles Play Host To NIT Game Friday At 7 P.M.

March 12, 2006

Florida State, which finished the 2005-06 regular season with a 19-9 record and a fifth place finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference, will play in their second NIT Tournament in the first four years of the Leonard Hamilton era at Florida State when they begin play on Friday March 17 at 7 p.m. against the winner of Tuesday’s Butler at Miami of Ohio game at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. Tickets for the game are available online at or by calling the Seminole ticket office at (850) 64-GOFSU or toll free at (888) FSUNOLE beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday. The Seminoles’ selection to play in the NIT marks the fifth time in the history of the program Florida State will play in the NIT. Florida State finished as the runner-up in the 1987 NIT when it defeated Syracuse, Michigan State, West Virginia and Connecticut on its way to the finals before falling to Michigan in the championship game. The Seminoles most recently appeared in the NIT during the 2004 season when it finished with a 1-1 record with a victory over Wichita State and a loss to Iowa State. The Seminoles have an all-time record of 7-4 and a winning percentage of .636 percent in four NIT appearances.

Florida State's NIT Tournament Appearances
Season   Site              Round   Record  Opponent(s)
1984     Raleigh, N.C.     1       1-0     Florida State 74, NC State 71
         Greensboro, N.C.  2       0-1     Pittsburgh 66, Florida State 63
1987     Tallahassee, Fla. 1       1-0     Florida State 107, Rhode Island 92
         Nashville, Tenn.  2       0-1     Vanderbilt 109, Florida State 92
1987     Syracuse, N.Y.    1       1-0     Florida State 82, Syracuse 67
         Tallahassee, Fla. 2       1-0     Florida State 68, Michigan State 63
         Morgantown, W.V.  3       1-0     Florida State 76, West Virginia 71
         New York, N.Y.    SF      1-0     Florida State 71, Connecticut 65
         New York, N.Y.    F       0-1     Michigan 82, Florida State 73
2004     Wichita, Ks.      1       1-0     Florida State 91, Wichita State 84 (2 OT)
         Tallahassee, Fla. 2       0-1     Iowa State 62, Florida State 59

Florida State enters the NIT Tournament with an overall record of 19-9 and an ACC record of 9-7. It marked only the second time in the last nine years that the Seminoles won 19 or more games in a single season with 19 coming during the 2003-04 season when they advanced to the second round of the NIT. In addition, the Seminoles’ nine ACC wins marked the most in conference play for the Seminoles since finishing with a 12-4 record during the 1992-93 season. Florida State’s winning ACC record ended a 12-year streak of losing records in conference play (1993-94 through 2004-05). The Seminoles finished with a 13-2 record at home which gave them a winning percentage of .867 – the second best home winning percentage in school history. Only the Seminoles’ 14-2 record and .875 winning percentage at home during the 1992-93 season was better than their record at the Donald. L. Tucker Center this season. Florida State’s 6-2 record at home in the ACC is tied for the second best home mark ever – tied with the Seminoles’ 2003-04 team than also finished with a 6-2 mark. Florida State’s 7-1 mark at home during the 1992-93 season is the best in school history.

Leonard Hamilton IN THE NIT
Fourth-year Florida State Head Coach Leonard Hamilton has now guided six different teams into the NIT. He has a record of 3-5 in eight previous NIT games with two wins as the head coach at Oklahoma State and one as the head coach at Florida State. Hamilton guided his second team at Florida State in 2004 to the second round of the NIT.

Leonard Hamilton's NIT Tournament Appearances
Season  Site               Round   Record    Opponent(s)
1889    Stillwater, Okla.  1       1-0       Oklahoma State 69, Boise State 55
        Jamaica, N.Y.      2       0-1       St. John's 76, Oklahoma State 64
1990    Tulsa, Okla.       1       1-0       Oklahoma State 83, Tulsa 74
        Albuquerque, N.M.  2       0-1       New Mexico 90, Oklahoma State 88
1995    State College, Pa. 1       0-1       Penn State 62, Miami 56
1997    Ann Arbor, Mich.   1       0-1       Michigan 76, Miami 63
2004    Wichita, Ks.       1       1-0       Florida State 91, Wichita State 84 (2 OT)
        Tallahassee, Fla.  2       0-1       Iowa State 62, Florida State 59

…They have a 6-4 record with five ACC wins and a victory over UMass of the Atlantic 10. Florida State enters the 2006 NIT Tournament with four wins in its last six games including a victory over No. 1 Duke (March 1; 79-74).

…They have a 3-2 record with victories over Maryland (18-11, 8-8 ACC), No. 1 ranked Duke (27-3, 14-2 ACC) and at Miami (15-14, 7-9 ACC) – all three teams finished in the top eight of the ACC;
…They have made 93 free throws and are shooting .710 from the field as compared to their opponents who have attempted 101 free throws and are shooting .673 from the free throw line.

Florida State won six games during the regular season in true road games or on a neutral site. The Seminoles most recently won six games away from Tallahassee during the 1998-99 season when they won three true road games and three neutral site games. Florida State won three ACC road games (at Virginia, at Wake Forest and at Miami) for the first time since the 1992-93 season after opening the season with a victory on the road at Jacksonville. The Seminoles also won neutral site games against Bowling Green (at Mobile, Ala.) and against Nebraska (at Sunrise, Fla.).

…Duke when they were ranked as the nation’s No. 1 team on March 1 in Tallahassee. Duke won 30 games and claimed the ACC Championship with a victory over Boston College on March 12;
…Nebraska who advanced to the Big 12 Tournament semifinal game where it lost to Kansas only one game from the championship. The Cornhuskers finished the regular season with 19 victories;
…Purdue in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Seminoles set a challenge record for margin of victory (97-57, +40) as they the Boilermakers of the Beg Ten who defeated both Michigan and Wisconsin during the regular season;
…Wake Forest who advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament where it lost to ACC Champion Duke. The Deacons were ranked as high as high as 16th in the nation during the month of December;
…Maryland who finished in sixth place in the ACC with an 8-8 record and a 19-12 overall record. The Seminoles defeated the Terps by a larger margin (71-60, +11) than the No. 1 ranked Duke Blue Devils did in College Park (96-88, +8).

…Florida State has played in the NIT four times and has won its first round game each time. The Seminoles defeated NC State to open the 1984 NIT; Rhode Island to open the 1987 NIT; Syracuse to begin the 1997 NIT and Wichita State to start the 2004 NIT;
…Florida State has won five of its last seven NIT games with a 4-1 record during the 1987 NIT and 1-1 record during the 2004 NIT;
…Florida State is 2-0 in overtime games in NIT Play. The Seminoles defeated NC State in overtime in their first ever NIT game in 1984 and beat Wichita State in double overtime in 2004;
…Florida State is 2-1 in home games in the NIT. The Seminoles defeated Rhode Island at home in 1987 and Michigan State at home in 1997 before falling to Iowa State at home in 2004;
…Florida State’s longest winning streak in NIT play came during the 1987 Tournament when its advanced to the championship finals with consecutive victories over Syracuse, Michigan State, West Virginia and Connecticut.

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