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Seminoles Versus Gators In Men’s Hoops

Nov. 15, 2001

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    SETTING THE SCENE
    Florida State begins the 2001-02 season, its fifth under head coach Steve
    Robinson, as it travels to play No. 7 Florida. It marks the third
    consecutive season and fifth time in school history the Seminoles have
    played their season opener against the in-state rivals. Florida State is
    1-3 against Florida when the annual game against the Gators is played as its
    season opener. Following Friday night’s game against Florida, the Seminoles
    play four of their next five games at home in the Tallahassee Leon County
    Civic Center. The home opener comes Nov. 20 against Savannah State. Only
    three of the Seminoles’ first 11 games are on the road to begin the season.


    Season Openers Against Florida
    Date, Site, Winner, Outcome

    Dec. 3, 1963 at Gainesville Florida L, 78-55
    Nov. 28, 1986 at Tallahassee Florida State W, 80-76
    Nov. 19, 1999 at Gainesville Florida L, 96-61
    Nov. 17, 2000 at Tallahassee Florida L, 85-70


    SEMINOLES IN SEASON OPENERS
    Florida State has won nine of their last 11 season openers dating to the
    first game of the 1990-91 season. During the 55-year history of basketball
    at Florida State University, the Seminoles have won more than 75 percent of
    their season openers as they have a 43-12 record for a .781 winning
    percentage. Entering Friday night’s game at Florida, the Seminoles have won
    three of their last four season openers when they came on the court of their
    opponent.


    Seminoles In Season Openers
    Category, Record, Winning Percentage
    Home Openers, 37-1, .974
    Road Openers, 5-10, .333 Season Openers, 43-12, .781


    THIRD EARLIEST SEASON OPENER FOR SEMINOLES
    Florida State is playing its third earliest season opener as it begins its
    season on Nov. 16 against Florida. The earliest season opener in school
    history came on Nov. 13, 1998 when the Seminoles defeated Sam Houston State,
    88-51, in a game played in Tallahassee. Florida State is 2-0 in games
    played before Nov. 15 and 3-1 in games played before Nov. 20.


    Early Season Openers
    Date, Opponent, Site, Outcome

    Nov. 13, 1998, Sam Houston State, Tallahassee, Fla. W, 88-51
    Nov. 14, 1997, Rice, Dallas, Texas, W, 65-53
    Nov. 17, 2000, Florida, Tallahassee, Fla., L, 85-70
    Nov. 18, 1992, Siena, Tallahassee, Fla., W, 89-80


    ON THIS DATE IN SEMINOLE BASKETBALL HISTORY
    This is the first game in school history being played on Nov. 16.


    STEVE ROBINSON IN SEASON OPENERS
    Head coach Steve Robinson has a 4-2 record in six season openers as a
    collegiate head coach. He won the first three season openers of his career
    (two of the University Of Tulsa and one at Florida State. Robinson led the
    Golden Hurricane past North Carolina A&T, 100-51, in his first collegiate
    game to begin the 1996 season and past UCLA to begin the 1997 season.
    Robinson opened his career at Florida State with a victory over Rice to
    begin the 1998 season.


    Robinson in Season Openers
    Year, Opponent, Score

    1996, North Carolina A&T W, 100-51
    1997, UCLA W, 77-76 (OT)
    1998, Rice W, 65-63
    1999, Sam Houston State W, 88-51
    2000, Florida L, 61-86
    2001, Florida L, 70-85


    SEASON OPENERS AGAINST RANKED TEAMS
    Florida State’s season-opener against No. 5 Florida marks the third time in
    school history the Seminoles play a team ranked in the nation’s top five to
    begin their schedule. The Seminoles opened their 1958-59 season against No.
    2 Kentucky and began their 1961 schedule with a trip to play No. 1 Ohio
    State.

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