December 19, 2014 - by
Seminoles vs. Bulls in Orange Bowl Calssic On Saturday At 2:00

TALLAHASSEEm Fla. (seminoles.com) — Florida State, which has won four of its last six games, travels to south to Sunrise, Fla., top face USF in the Orange Bowl Classic at the BB&T Center on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 2:00.  The Seminoles’ game against the Bulls marks their third consecutive and sixth overall appearance in what has become one of the premier events in all of college basketball.  The game between the Seminoles and Bulls will be followed by a 4:00 start by the Gators of the University of Florida and the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest. Florida State’s game against USF is the 33rd meeting all-time between the two teams but the first since November 18, 2007 when the two teams met in the Glenn Wilkes Classic in Daytona Beach.  Following Saturday’s game against USF, the Seminoles close out their pre-Christmas schedule as they play host to Stetson in a special 2:00 matinee start on Monday, December 22 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. 
 
FLORIDA STATE VS. USF – A SERIES HISTORY
Florida State will travel to Sunrise, Florida on December 20 to play USF in the Orange Bowl Classic. The game will mark the third consecutive season the Seminoles will play in the Orange Bowl Classic.  Florida State defeated UMass, 60-55, on Dec. 21, 2013 in the Orange Bowl Classic.  The game marks the first time the two will face each other since USF took a 68-67 win over the Seminoles while playing at a neutral site in the Glenn Wilkes Classic on November 18, 2007. The classic marks the first match up between Seminoles head coach Leonard Hamilton and USF first year head coach Orlando Antigua.  Hamilton has an overall record of 1-1 against USF (1-0 at Miami and 0-1 at Florida State). 

 
SEMINOLES TO HONOR NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE AGAINST UMASS
The Florida State men’s basketball team will wear turquoise Nike N7 uniforms against USF on Saturday to raise awareness for bringing sport to Native American and Aboriginal youth.  It marks the fourth time (and second time this season) the Seminoles will wear the special uniforms.  The Seminoles wore the turquoise uniforms earlier this season against UMass in final round of the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at the Mohegan Sun on November 23, 2014.  Florida State make a distinct departure from its traditional school colors to don turquoise Nike N7 uniforms to stand for the importance of bringing sport and physical activity to Native American and Aboriginal youth. “The Seminole Tribe of Florida approached us about this program and we are honored and excited to wear these unique uniforms,” said head coach Leonard Hamilton. “The color is significant as it is deeply symbolic of friendship and community in the Native American culture.” Florida State’s game against USF marks the fourth time in the last two seasons the Seminoles will have worn the very special uniforms. The Seminoles first wore the turquoise uniforms in their 89-61 win over UT-Martin in Tallahassee on November 17, 2013.
 
Seminoles In Special N7 Turquoise Uniforms
Opponent                Date                        Outcome         Notes
UT-Martin               Nov. 17, 2013         W, 89-61         Devon Bookert scored 13 points in victory
UMass                     Dec. 21, 2013          W, 60-55         Montay Brandon scored 8 points in victory
UMass                     Nov. 23, 2014         L, 69-75          Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 22 points
 
FLORIDA STATE’S HISTORY IN THE ORANGE BOWL CLASSIC
Florida State owns a 4-1 record in four previous Orange Bowl Classic appearances and enters the 2014 Classic having won four consecutive games with wins over Nebraska (in 2005), Western Kentucky (in 2008), Tulsa (in 2012) and UMass (in 2013).

Seminoles Play Well In Orange Bowl Classic
Date                        Opponent                Outcome         Notes
Dec. 18, 1999          Massachusetts         L, 69-60          Ron Hale leads Seminoles with 22 points
Dec. 31, 2005          Nebraska                 W, 74-60         Andrew Wilson named MVP with 15 points
Dec. 28, 2008          Western Kentucky   W, 82-69         Toney Douglas named MVP with 27 points
Dec. 29, 2012          Tulsa                       W, 82-63         Michael Snaer named MVP with 19 points
Dec. 21, 2013          UMass                     W, 60-55         Aaron Thomas named MVP with 18 points
 
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat USF and gain its first win over USF since January 2, 2002.  The Seminoles topped the Bulls, 78-74, at the Sun Dome in Tampa – the Bulls’ home court;
…Defeat USF and gain its fifth consecutive win in the Orange Bowl Classic.  The Seminoles enter Saturday’s game against the Bulls with a 4-1 record in five previous Orange Bowl Classic appearances and have not lost in the event since 1999.

Related Articles