TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Florida State, which has won 51 of its last 54 games at the Donald L. Tucker Center, plays host to Saint Francis (Pa.) in its third of four consecutive home games, on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. The Seminoles’ game against the Red Flash is the first ever meeting between the two schools in the sport of men’s basketball. Florida State enters Saturday’s game having won three consecutive games with wins at Florida, and at home against Western Carolina and Chattanooga. Following Saturday’s game against Saint Francis, the Seminoles play host to Chicago State at 7:00 on Monday in the second round of the Emerald Coast Classic at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
FLORIDA STATE VS. SAINT FRANCIS – CONNECTIONS
Florida State faces the Saint Francis (Pa.) Red Flash for the first time in program history on November 23, 2019 at the Donald L Tucker Center. The Red Flash are members of the Northeast Conference – tonight’s game is the Seminoles’ first against a current member of the NEC since they defeated Wagner on December, 18, 2003 in Tallahassee by a 76-67 margin. The Red Flash are coached by Rob Krimmel who has been at Saint Francis as a player, assistant coach and head coach for the last 18 seasons but has never coached against Florida State. Andrew Helton, the Associate Head Coach for the Red Flash, worked with Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton at the University of Miami (1999-00). The Seminoles’ game against Saint Francis (Pa.) is their first game against a non-conference opponent from the State of Pennsylvania since facing Villanova in the Championship game of the 2018 AdvoCare Invitational at Lake Buena Vista, Fla (Disney World).
SEMINOLES TO HONOR NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE AGAINST SAINT FRANCIS
The Florida State men’s basketball team will wear turquoise Nike N7 uniforms against Saint Francis in Saturday’s game to raise awareness for bringing sport to Native American and Aboriginal youth. It marks the 13th time (and first time this season) the Seminoles will wear the special uniforms. The Seminoles wore the special uniforms in their 73-72 win over No. 18/19 Purdue in Tallahassee on November 28, 2018 in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge. This season (2019-20) marks the seventh consecutive season the Seminoles will wear the turquoise uniforms. Florida State makes a distinct departure from its traditional school colors to don turquoise Nike N7 uniforms to stand for the importance of bringing sport and physical activity to Native American and Aboriginal youth. “The Seminole Tribe of Florida approached us about this program, and we are honored and excited to wear these unique uniforms,” said head coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles first wore the turquoise uniforms in their 89-61 win over UT-Martin in Tallahassee on November 17, 2013.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Saint Francis and win its 35th 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 Saint Francis and raise its record to 52-3 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 Chattanooga and win its ninth consecutive home game. The Seminoles won their final six home games of the 2018-19 season and their first two of the 2019-20 season.
SEMINOLES UTILIZE 15 PLAYERS IN VICTORY OVER CHATTANOOGA
Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton and his staff utilized 15 players in Florida State’s 89-53 win over Chattanooga on Wednesday night. A total of 12 players scored at least one point and nine earned at least 12 minutes of playing time.
SEMINOLES CONTINUE TO LEAD ACC IN FREE THROW SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
Florida State, which has shot better than 80 percent from the free throw line in two of its first four games of the season, enters Saturday’s game against Saint Francis as the ACC leader with a team free throw shooting percentage of .783. The Seminoles are the only team in the ACC that is shooting better than 75 percent from the free throw line. A trio of Seminoles – freshman Patrick Williams (first, 1.000 percent), junior M.J. Walker (tied for eighth, .824 percent) and senior Trent Forrest (tied for 10th, .813 percent) are all ranked in the ACC’s top-15 making Florida State and Pitt the only two teams with three players ranked in the ACC’s top 15 for team free throw shooting.
SEMINOLES SHARE THE BASKETBALL IN VICTORY OVER CHATTANOOGA
Led by senior Trent Forrest’s season-high tying seven assists, the Seminoles totaled a season-high 20 assists in their victory over Chattanooga on Wednesday. It marked the fifth time in the last two seasons the Seminoles have earned at least 20 assists in a single game with 25 assists coming on 30 baskets in the Seminoles’ 80-62 win at Syracuse on February 5, 2019. The Seminoles also totaled 21 assists (on 36 baskets) in their 90-62 win over Murray State in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. Florida State is 5-0 and averages 85.0 points per game when it has totaled 20 or more assists in the last two seasons and five games.