Feb. 21, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State’s 1972 basketball team came up just short of a national championship against coach John Wooden and his legendary UCLA team. FSU fans will have a chance to welcome back that team when the current Seminole team takes on Miami on Saturday in Tallahassee.
All but one of the players from the team along with Hugh Durham and his coaching staff are returning for a two-day reunion that will include a team walk through Seminole fans and recognition at halftime of the FSU vs. Miami game.
Seminole basketball history was made by this ’72 team and the incredible tournament run gained national respect for FSU. The Seminoles made the then 25-member NCAA Tournament field on the strength of a great regular season run that included a 23-5 overall record and 11-1 mark at home.
But it was in the NCAA’s that FSU became a household name. The Seminoles defeated Eastern Kentucky in the first round and then won four consecutive games against conference champions. They defeated MLB Hall of Famer Dave Winfield and his Big 10 Champion Minnesota team 70-56. Then they topped SEC Champion Kentucky in legendary Coach Adolph Rupp’s very last game 73-54. FSU defeated ACC Champion North Carolina 81-76 in the Final Four before running into the dynasty that was Wooden and UCLA.
As if the Bruins needed any advantage, they would play the 1972 Final Four right in Los Angeles. Ron King scored 27 points to lead FSU who battled UCLA to the closest game (81-76) in its 10-game NCAA Championship run.
The ’72 team will go through a fan tunnel into the Tucker Center at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday prior to the 2:00 p.m. tipoff against Miami. The team will be introduced from the Seminoles home bench at halftime.
Tickets to the game are available through the FSU ticket office at 888-FSU-NOLE.