FLORIDA STATE PLAYS HOST TO NORTHEASTERN IN SECOND ROUND OF HOF CLASSIC
Florida State, which defeated Manhattan (81-66) in its season opener and in the first round of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic on Saturday in Tallahassee, plays host to Northeastern in the second round of the event on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles had six players score in double figures in their victory over the Jaspers – a team that was picked to finish at or near the top of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. In facing Northeastern, the Seminoles will play a Huskie team that was picked to win the Colonial Athletic Association championship in a preseason vote of the conferences’ coaches, SID’s and members of the media who cover the league. Following Tuesday game in Tallahassee against Northeastern, the Seminoles will travel to Uncasville, Conn., to face Providence (Saturday, 2:30 p.m.) and UMass (Sunday, 12 Noon) in the third and fourth (final) rounds of the Hall of fame Tip-Off Classic. The Seminoles return home to face The Citadel in an early Thanksgiving week battle (Nov. 25, 7:00 p.m.).
FLORIDA STATE VS. NORTHEASTERN – A SERIES HISTORY
The Seminoles will play host to Northeastern in their second home game on November 18. It marks the second meeting in school history the two schools and head coaches (Hamilton and Bill Coen) will match up. Florida State defeated Northeastern in their first ever meeting in the third round of the Puerto-Rico Tip-Off, 62-60 in San Juan. Puerto Rico on November 24, 2013. Northeastern is a member of the Colonial Athletic Association. Florida State holds a perfect winning record of 9-0 against teams from the Colonial Athletic Association. The last time Florida State played a member of the Colonial Athletic Association was at home at the Donald L. Tucker Center on December 18, 2007 when the Seminoles took a 66-61 win over the College of Charleston. Northeastern’s Coen spent nine seasons (1997-2006) as a member of the Boston College coaching staff (four as assistant coach and five as associate head coach), helping lead the team to six postseason berths including a trip to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2006. Florida State is 11-11 against teams from the state of Massachusetts.
SEMINOLES PLAY FOR 10TH STRAIGHT NON-CONFERENCE VICTORY AT HOME
Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Northeastern looking to win its 10th consecutive none-conference home game. The Seminoles won all eight of their non-conference home games in 2013-14 (8-0) and defeated Manhattan in the 2014-15 season opener on Saturday. Included in that streak of wins at home are three wins in the 2014 NIT – over Florida Gulf Coast, Georgetown and Louisiana Tech – victories that advanced the Seminoles to the NIT Final Four at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
SEMINOLES PLACE SIX IN DOUBLE FIGURES IN WIN OVER MANHATTAN
Led by Aaron Thomas’ team-high 14 points in its win over Manhattan, the Seminoles had six players score in double figures. Also in double figures scoring were Kiel Turpin (13 points), Jarquez Smith (13), Montay Brandon (12), Devon Bookert (11) and Robbie Berwick (11). It marked the first time since its 106-62 win over Charlotte on December 17, 2013 that the Seminoles had six players score in in double figures in the same game.
SEMINOLES’ DEFENSE ON DISPLAY AGAINST MANHATTAN IN OPENER
Florida State limited Manhattan to 66 points on .286 percent shooting from the field, earned eight steals and four blocked shots in its victory over the Jaspers on Saturday in Tallahassee. The Seminoles limited the Jaspers to a .259 field goal shooting mark in the first half (seven of 27) and a .310 shooting mark in the second half (nine of 29) for a .286 field goal percentage defense mark for the game. It marked the second time in the last two seasons that Florida State had held an opponent below 30 percent shooting from the field. The Seminoles limited No. 10 VCU to a .293 mark (22 of 75) in an 89-61 win over the Rams in the first round of the 2013 Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Florida State led the nation in field goal percentage defense in both 2010 and 2011 and ranked third in the ACC with a .399 field goal percentage defense mark in 2014. The Seminoles have held 22 of their last 37 opponents below 40 percent shooting from the field in the last two seasons.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Northeastern and gain its second consecutive win over the Huskies. The Seminoles defeated the Huskies in the third-place game of the 2013 Puerto Rico Tip-Off Classic;
…Defeat Northeastern and win for the seventh time in its last nine in season tournament games. The Seminoles are 1-0 in the 2014 Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic, were 2-1 in the 2013 Puerto Rico Tip-Off Classic and were 3-1 in the winning the championship of the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic;
…Defeat Northeastern and win its fourth consecutive game against a team from the state of Massachusetts. The Seminoles were 3-0 against Northeastern (Nov. 24, 62-60), No. 20 UMass (Dec. 20, 65-60) and Boston College (March 4, 74-70) during the 2013-14 season.