March 15, 2009
Seminoles.com Gameday Information
The Florida State Seminoles will take on the Wisconsin Badgers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The game will take place in Boise, Idaho on Friday.
It’s been a long wait, but Florida State’s back in the NCAA tournament.
The Seminoles (25-9) were the lone Florida school to make the field announced Sunday. They were seeded fifth in the East Region and will play Wisconsin (19-12) in a first round game at Boise, Idaho on Friday.
“Sometimes you travel a little further than you’d like, but what I hear about Boise it’s a nice play to play,” Hamilton said in a phone call Sunday from the team bus on its way back from Atlanta. “You just have to take the hand that’s dealt you and move on.”
Florida State, which hasn’t lost two games in a row all season heading into the tournament, was defeated by Duke 79-69 in the title game of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Sunday.
The last visit to Boise proved productive for Florida State.
The Seminoles advanced to the Sweet 16 in March 1992 with victories over Montana and Georgetown in games played at Boise.
“It really doesn’t matter who you play at this point,” said Hamilton, who is making in his first NCAA tourney field after some narrow misses in his first six years at the Florida State. “They’re all good teams.”
Florida State has played Wisconsin just twice in its history, losing games to the Badgers in 1961 and again in 2006 in the ACC/Big Ten challenge.
Florida State made its last NCAA appearance in March 1998, advancing with a first round win over TCU before being eliminated in the second-round by Valpariso.
Florida State is led by senior guard Toney Douglas, who scored 80 points in the ACC tourney and now has 725 points this season, just 17 fewer than Jim Oler’s school record set 53 years ago.
Douglas, the ACC’s defensive player of the year who led the league in scoring in league competition, is averaging 21.3 points a game.
The Seminoles are just two wins shy of matching the school record for wins set by the 1972 team that finished second in the NCAA to UCLA.
The Florida State Athletic Ticket Office will begin accepting ticket requests on Monday morning at 8:30 am for the 1st round of the NCAA East Regional Men’s Basketball Tournament to be played in Boise, Idaho. The ticket office will accept requests from current Seminole Booster members and Men’s Basketball season ticket holders by phone at 888-FSU-Nole or in person at the Seminole Ticket Office at Doak Campbell Stadium. Deadline for submitting a ticket request is Monday at 5:00 pm. Requests for tickets will not be confirmed until Tuesday morning once the overall ticket demand is determined. There is no limit on the number tickets a booster or season ticket holder may request; however, if demand exceeds supply, then limits will be placed on orders, before credit cards are processed.
Should Florida State win on Friday, boosters or season ticket holders who purchase tickets for the 1st round, would have the option to purchase tickets for Sunday’s 2nd round also to be played in Boise.