TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — No. 11/12 Florida State, which has won four consecutive games, plays host to North Florida at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The Seminoles defeated Southeast Missouri, 85-68, on Monday to raise their record to 9-1 – the third consecutive season they have won nine of their first 10 games. Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against North Florida ranked No. 11 by the Associated Press and No. 12 in the USA Today Coaches poll – the third consecutive week it has been ranked No. 11 or higher in the AP poll and the third straight week the Seminoles have been ranked No. 12 or higher in the coaches poll. Following Wednesday’s game against the Ospreys, the Seminoles will travel to Sunrise, Fla., to play Saint Louis in the Metro by T-Mobile Orange Bowl Classic at the BB&T Center. Florida State’s game against the Billekins marks their seventh consecutive appearance in the event.
FLORIDA STATE VS. NORTH FLORIDA – A SERIES HISTORY
Florida State plays host to North Florida on Dec. 19, 2018 at the Donald L. Tucker Center. One of only four games scheduled against teams from the state of Florida during the regular season series, the Seminoles are renewing a series that began in 2010 with three games (all Florida State wins) having been played in the series. All three games played by the Seminoles under head coach Leonard Hamilton have been played in Tallahassee at the Tucker Center. North Florida head coach Matt Driscoll has coached the Ospreys in each of the first three games of the series and knows the Seminoles and Hamilton well. Driscoll spent six seasons as an assistant to Larry Shyatt at Clemson (1998-2003) – a time period when the Seminoles were 9-7 against the Tigers, including four wins in the ACC Tournament. Bobby Keenan, the associate head coach at North Florida, served on Seminole playing and coaching legend Hugh Durham’s coaching staff at Jacksonville for five years (2000-05). Bruce Evans, also an assistant coach on the UNF staff, was the Director of Player Development at Georgia Tech (2012-16) when the Seminoles earned a 3-1 mark against the Yellow Jackets. Evans coached at North Florida from 2010-12 including in the first two games (both Florida State wins) of the series between the Seminoles and the Ospreys.
SEMINOLES OFF TO BEST START SINCE … LAST YEAR
At 9-1, Florida State is off to its best 10-game start since the beginning of the 2017-18 season (last year) when the Seminoles also won nine of their first 10 games. Each time the Seminoles have begun a season with a 9-1 or 10-0 record (2003-04), they have been 10-1 after their first 11 games of the season. After starting the 2017-18 season at 9-1, the Seminoles improved to 10-1 with a win over Charleston Southern and then to 11-1 with a victory over Southern Miss.
FLORIDA STATE’S WINNING STREAKS TO OPEN THE 2018-19 SEASON
Florida State won its first five games of the 2018-19 season and enters its game against North Florida with a four game winning streak. The Seminoles are 22-3 (.880 winning percentage) in non-conference games – including 3-1 in the 2018 NCAA Tournament in the last two seasons.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat North Florida and win its 31st consecutive non-conference home game. The Seminoles are 38-1 (.974 winning percentage) at home on non-ACC games since the beginning of the 2014-15 season;
…Defeat North Florida and win its fourth consecutive game against North Florida. The Seminoles enter Wednesday’s game against the Ospreys with a 3-0 series lead;
…Defeat North Florida and raise its record at home to 37-2 (.949 winning percentage) since the start of the 2015-16 season.