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Basketball Faces Purdue For Emerald Coast Classic Title

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NICEVILLE, Fla. ( — Florida State, which defeated No 16/17 Tennessee, 60-57, in the semifinals of the Emerald Coast Classic on Friday night, will play Purdue in the championship game of the event on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 7:00 ET at the Arena at Northwest Florida State College. The Seminoles will face Purdue for the second consecutive season after taking a 73-72 victory over the Boilermakers on November 28, 2018 in the 19th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge in a game played in Tallahassee. Saturday’s game between the two teams marks the fourth meeting between the two teams – and just the second in a game not being played as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. It also marks the first of two consecutive games the Seminoles will play against teams from the state of Indiana as Florida State travels to play at Indiana in the 20th Annual ACC/Big Ten on Tuesday night at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana.

Florida State will play Purdue for the second consecutive season in the championship game of the Emerald Coast Classic. The Seminoles defeated the Boilermakers, 73-72, on a last-second lay-in by Trent Forrest in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on November 28, 2018 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. Florida State is 3-0 against Purdue in the all-time series between the two teams with wins during the 1974-75, 2005-06 and 2018-19 seasons. Florida State’s 69-66 win over the Boilermakers on Dec. 26, 1974 came in the first round of the Holiday Classic in Louisville, Ky. Matt Painter, the head coach of the Boilermakers since the start of the 2005-06 season, has faced the Seminoles twice – with Florida State defeating his first Purdue team in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge in 2005 and his 2018-19 team also in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge. Micah Shrewsberry, who is in his first season as the associate head coach at Purdue, was an assistant coach at Butler when the Bulldogs defeated the Seminoles on December 23, 2010 at the Wooden Classic in Indianapolis. Elliott Bloom, Purdue’s Director of Basketball Administration and Operations, was the sports information director for the Duke men’s basketball team in the ACC during the 2000-01 season.

Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Purdue as one of three teams in the nation with two victories over nationally ranked teams in the first three weeks of the 2019-20 season. Only Florida State (No. 6 Florida and No. 16 Tennessee), Oregon (No. 13 Memphis and No. 13 Seton Hall) and Michigan (No. 6 North Carolina and No. 8 Gonzaga) have earned multiple wins over nationally ranked teams since the season began on November 5. Florida State has now defeated two ranked teams in the month of November for the first time in school history.

With the Seminoles’ 60-57 victory over No. 16/17 Tennessee on Friday, Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton has now coached his teams (Oklahoma State, Miami and Florida State) to a national record 18 wins over nationally ranked teams when his teams enter the game as an unranked team. Both of Florida State’s wins over No. 6 Florida (63-51, November 6 in Gainesville) and No. 16/17 Tennessee (60-57, Nov. 29 in Niceville) have added to Hamilton’s totals as one of the top coaches in the game of college basketball.

Florida State has won 16 in-season tournament championships with its most recent title coming at the 2017 Jamaica Classic. The Seminoles also won the 2008 Global Sports Classic, the 2009 Old Spice Classic, and the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic to give 18th-year Head Coach Leonard Hamilton four tournament championships during his tenure at Florida State.

…Defeat Purdue and win the championship an in-season tournament for the 17th time in school history. The Seminoles most recently won the championship of the Jamaica Classic in November of 2017;
…Defeat Purdue and win its fourth consecutive game against the Boilermakers. The Seminoles are 3-0 all-time against Purdue;
…Defeat Purdue and win its seventh game of the season before the end of the month of November for the first time since finishing the month of November to begin the 2008-09 season with a 7-0 mark.

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