Aug. 4, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State will face Iona at 9:00 p.m. on Nov. 26 in the first round of the Old Spice Classic at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando as the bracket for the fifth annual event was released by ESPN. The Seminoles face Iona in the first round and either Alabama or Baylor in the second round of the three round, 12-game event which will see every game of the event televised on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.
The Seminoles will play three games in the tournament which will be played at the Milk House in Orlando. Florida State’s second game will be at either 5:00 p.m. or 7:30 on Friday Nov. 27. The top half of the bracket includes opening round games pitting Creighton against Michigan and Marquette against Xavier. The two undefeated teams will meet in the championship game of the event on Sunday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m. That game will be televised by ESPN2.
Gonzaga defeated Tennessee, 83-74, to win the championship of the 2008 Old Spiced Classic. Arkansas of the SEC won the inaugural event championship in 2006 with NC State of the ACC winning the title in 2007.
Florida State returns three starters, nine lettterwinners and more than 60 percent of its scoring and rebounding totals from its 2009 team that earned a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament and played in the ACC Tournament championship game for the first time in school history. The Seminoles finished the season with a 25-10 overall record, a 10-6 mark in ACC play and a fourth place finish in the ACC standings. The Seminoles defeated No. 1 ranked and eventual National Champion North Carolina, 73-70, in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament at the Georgia Dome and a total of four nationally ranked teams during the 2008-09 season.
The Seminoles are led by Solomon Alabi, who was named to the All-ACC Freshman and All-ACC Defensive teams in 2009. He led the ACC in blocked shots with 73 and a 2.1 blocked shots per game average and was the only freshman to lead the ACC in an individual statistical category during the 2009 season. Chris Singleton, who earned Freshman All-American Honorable Mention Honors in 2009, averaged 8.1 points and 4.9 rebounds and returns as one of the top rising stars in the ACC.
Leonard Hamilton, who led the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998, was named the 2009 National Coach of the Year by Basketball Times. It marked the second time in his career that he has earned the honor – he was named the UPI national coach of the year in 1995 when he led the University of Miami to a fifth place finish in the Big East and to the Hurricanes’ first post-season appearance in 31 years. He was named the 2009 ACC Coach of the Year by the ACSMA for the first time in his career.
Florida State’s complete schedule will be released later during the month of August.