LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Seminoles.com) –Florida State plays Villanova for the championship of the AdvoCare Invitational at the HP Field House on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. The Seminoles will face the Wildcats for only the second time in school history as they look to win the AdvoCare championship for the second time in the 14-year history of the tournament. Florida State defeated both UAB (81-63 on Thursday) and No. 19/21 LSU (79-76 in overtime on Friday) to advance to the championship game of the event. The Seminoles are looking to win the championship of a regular season tournament for the second consecutive season after winning the inaugural Jamaica Classic in 2017. Florida State has won four regular season tournament championships under head coach Leonard Hamilton including the 2008 Global Sports Challenge in Las Vegas, the 2009 Old Spice Classic in Orlando, the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament in Brooklyn and the 2017 Jamaica Classic. Following Sunday’s game against Villanova, the Seminoles play host to No. 19/24 Purdue in the 20th Annual ACC Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 9:15 p.m.
FLORIDA STATE VS. VILLANOVA – A SERIES HISTORY
Florida State plays Villanova for the championship of the 2018 AdvoCare Invitational. The Seminoles’ game against the Wildcats will mark only the second meeting of the two teams in the sport of basketball. Villanova took a 68-67 decision on Dec. 29, 1988 in the championship game of the Red Lobster Classic at the Orange County Civic Center in Orlando. Villanova head coach Jay Wright, who is in his 18th season as the Wildcats’ head coach, was a Villanova assistant coach the only time the Seminole and Wildcats met previously and is 1-0 against Florida State during his coaching career. Arleshia Davidson, a 1999 graduate of Florida State University with a degree in mathematics, is the Director of Program Administration for the Wildcats. She played for the Seminole women’s basketball team from 1996-99.
SEMINOLES LOOK TO BECOME SECOND MULTIPLE-TIME CHAMPION OF ADVOCARE INVITATIONAL
Florida State faces Villanova looking to become just the second multi-time champion of the AdvoCare Invitational. The Seminoles won the championship in 2009 and are looking to join Gonzaga as the only teams who have won the event multiple times. Gonzaga won the championship in 2008, 2012 and 2016.
FLORIDA STATE’S HISTORY AT THE ADVOCARE INVITATIONAL
Florida State is playing in this event for the second time after earning the championship of the former Old Spice Classic during the 2009-10 season. The Seminoles defeated Iona (64-49, Nov. 26, 2009), Alabama (60-51, Nov. 27) and Marquette (57-56, Nov. 29) to win the tournament championship. Florida State rallied late behind Chris Singleton’s 18 points to take the 57-56 win and the Championship over the Golden Eagles after trailing by 17 points early in the second half. Singleton earned Player of the Championship Game honors as he enjoyed an outstanding tournament. Singleton was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player as he averaged 15.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 1.0 block per game. In the championship game, he had 18 points and 10 rebounds with four steals. Florida State scored the game-winning basket against Marquette on a turnaround baseline jumper by Solomon Alabi with 11.6 seconds remaining in the game.
FLORIDA STATE VS. THE DEFENDING NATIONAL CHAMPION
Entering Sunday’s game against Villanova, the Seminoles have eight wins over the defending national champions. Florida State has earned wins over 1983 champion NC State (during the 1983-84 season), 1992 champion Duke (during the 1992-93 season), 1997 champion Arizona (during the 1997-98 season), 2006 champion Florida (during the 2006-07 season), 2007 champion Florida (during the 2007-08 season), 2009 champion North Carolina (during the 2009-10 season), 2010 champion Duke (during the 2010-11 season) and 2017 champion North Carolina (during the 2017-18 season).
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Villanova and improve to 6-0 for the second consecutive season. Florida State opened the 2017-18 season with wins in its first nine games;
…Defeat Villanova and improve to 6-0 for the fifth time under head coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles won at least their first six games of a season under Hamilton during the 2003-04, 2008-09, 2013-14 and 2017-18 seasons.