TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Florida State, which has won four consecutive games, plays host to Chicago State of the Western Athletic Conference in a second round campus site game of the Emerald Coast Classic on Monday, November 25, 2019 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Fla. The Seminoles defeated Chattanooga, 89-53, on November 20 in Tallahassee in the first round of the Emerald Coast Classic and will face No. 17/20 Tennessee in the third round of the event on Friday, November 29 at 7:00 ET at The Arena at Northwest Florida State College. Florida State enters Monday’s game against Chicago State having won four consecutive games with victories over then No. 6 Florida (63-51), Western Carolina (79-74), Chattanooga (89-53) and most recently Saint Francis (80-65) on Saturday at home. Following Monday’s game against Chicago State, the Seminoles will play three consecutive games away from Tallahassee as they face Tennessee (November 29 in Niceville, Fla.), either Purdue or VCU in the final round of the Emerald Coast Classic (November 30 in Niceville, Fla.) and Indiana in the ACC/ Big Ten Challenge (December 3 in Bloomington, Ind.) before returning home to play host to Clemson in their first ACC home game of the season (December 8).
HISTORY OF THE EMERALD COAST CLASSIC
Florida State plays its second game of the 2019 Emerald Coast Classic as it plays host to Chicago State on Monday night. The Seminoles are playing in the event for the first time in its six-year history in 2019. Ole Miss won the Emerald Coast Classic in 2014. The Rebels took the first Emerald Coast Classic Championship and have been followed by Iowa State (2015), Virginia (2016), TCU (2017) and Cincinnati (2018) in claiming the team championships in one of the most attractive of the Thanksgiving tournaments spaced among the college basketball landscape. Florida State becomes the third ACC team to play in the event with Virginia (champions in 2016) and Virginia Tech (third place finish in 2015).
FLORIDA STATE VS. CHICAGO STATE – CONNECTIONS
Florida State plays its second game in the Emerald Coast Classic with a home contest against Chicago State at the Donald L. Tucker Center on November 25, 2019. The Seminoles’ game against the Cougars is the second game in the series with Florida State leading the series by a 1-0 margin. The first game between the two teams – a 47-42 Seminole victory – came in the third round of the University of Pittsburgh Holiday Hoops Classic at the Peterson Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., on December 20, 2003. The Cougars are coached by Lance Irvin, who is in his second season with the Cougars. He has coached against Florida State twice as an assistant and both times while he was at DePaul. He helped guide the Blue Demons past Florida State, 85-75, on February 23, 1992 at the Suncoast Dome in St. Petersburg. The Seminoles then defeated the Blue Demons, 85-80, on December 9, 1995 in the ThunderDome in St. Petersburg, Fla.
FLORIDA STATE HAS MADE THE TUCKER CENTER A TOUGH PLACE FOR OPPONENTS TO PLAY
Florida State is 52-3 (.945 winning percentage in its last 55 home games) since the tail end of the 2015-16 season. The Seminoles earned a 15-1 record home record at home during the 2018-19 season. The Seminoles enter Monday’s game against the Cougars having won .945 percent of their games (52-3) and .897 percent of their ACC games (26-3) at home since the tail end of the 2015-16 season. Florida State’s streak began with a 77-56 win over No. 23 Notre Dame on February 27, 2015. The Seminoles were 18-0 at home (including 9-0 in the ACC) during the 2016-17 season.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Chicago State and win its 36th consecutive non-conference home game. The Seminoles’ current streak against non-conference opponents began December 6, 2014 with a 96-73 victory over UCF;
…Defeat Chicago State and raise its record to 53-3 at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center since the end of the 2015-16 season (a perfect 18-0 record in 16-17; 13-2 in 2017-18, 15-1 in 2018-19 and 2-0 in 2019-20);
…Defeat Chicago State and win its 10th consecutive home game. The Seminoles won their final six home games of the 2018-19 season and their first three of the 2019-20 season;
…Defeat Chicago State and gain a win over a team from the state of Illinois for the first time since November 25, 2015 when the Seminoles defeated Illinois, 72-61, in the final game of the NIT Season Tip Off at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
SEMINOLES CONTINUE TO LEAD THE ACC IN FREE THROW SHOOTING
Florida State enters Monday’s game in the second round of the Emerald Coast Classic against Chicago State shooting an ACC-leading .800 from the free throw line through its first five games of the season. The Seminoles are the only team in the ACC that is shooting better than .750 from the line and have made more free throws than six other ACC teams entering play on Monday night. Florida State is looking to shoot .800 percent or better from the free throw line in a single season for the first time in school history. The single-season record for best team free throw shooting percentage is .773 during the 2007-08 season. During the history of the Seminole men’s basketball program, four of the top five single-season free throw shooting marks have come under current Head Coach Leonard Hamilton.
FLORIDA STATE SHOOTS A SEASON-HIGH 88 PERCENT FROM THE FREE THROW LINE IN WIN OVER SAINT FRANCIS
Florida State shot a season-high .882 percent from the free throw line (15 of 17) in their victory over Saint Francis on Saturday in Tallahassee. The Seminoles made 13 of 14 free throws in the first half as the shot better than 80 percent from the free throw line for the third time in their first five games of the season (.867 at Pitt, .821 vs. Western Carolina, .882 against Saint Francis).
SEMINOLES’ LENGTH BOTHERS ITS OPPONENTS ON DEFENSE
After earning 10 steals on Wednesday in their 89-53 victory over Chattanooga and 11 on Saturday in their 80-65 win over Saint Francis, the Seminoles enter Monday’s game against Chicago State averaging 7.4 steals per game. Redshirt sophomore Anthony Polite earned his career-high of five steals in Florida State’s 80-65 victory over Saint Francis as the Seminoles won the points off turnover battle by a 21-14 margin against the Red Flash.