TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Florida State, which defeated Kennesaw State on Wednesday afternoon in Tallahassee, plays host to The Citadel on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 at 8:00 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The game is being played as the Seminoles’ final game in the Inaugural Jamaica Classic. The Seminoles and the Bulldogs played in different brackets in the Jamaica Classic. Florida State’s game against The Citadel is its second of a two-game home stand and fifth in 11 days to open the 2017-18 season. The Seminoles enter Friday’s game riding a 23-game winning streak – the fifth longest streak in the nation. After hosting the Bulldogs, the Seminoles play four of their next five games away from Tallahassee. Following Friday’s game against The Citadel, the Seminoles travel to New Jersey to play at Rutgers in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
FLORIDA STATE VS. THE CITADEL – A SERIES HISTORY
Florida State plays host to The Citadel on November 24, 2017, at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Florida State has a 6-4 record and has won five consecutive games in the series which began on January 1, 1958. The Citadel is led by head coach Duggar Baucom who is in his third season with the Bulldogs. In seven stops as a head and assistant coach on the college level, Baucom has faced Florida State once previously. He was an assistant coach at Western Carolina when the Seminoles took a 79-69 win in Tallahassee over the Catamounts on Dec. 8, 2001. Bulldog assistant coach Daniel Willis was also a member of the Western Carolina staff that played at Florida State during the 2001-02 season. Jack Castleberry, an assistant coach for the Bulldogs, was an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee Martin during the 2007-08 season. Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton played at UT Martin (1970 and 1971), earned his bachelor’s degree from the school and is enshrined in the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Zach Durkee, a graduate manager for the Bulldogs, played four seasons at Charleston Southern – a team the Seminoles will face on December 18 in Tallahassee.
SEMINOLES PLAY HOST TO THE CITADEL WITH 23-GAME HOME WINNING STREAK
Florida State plays host to The Citadel riding a 23-game home winning streak – a streak that ranks tied for the fourth longest home court winning-streak in the nation. The Seminoles are 2-0 at home this season (with wins over George Washington and Kennesaw State), were undefeated at home during the 2016-17 season (18-0) with wins over four ranked teams (No. 7 Duke, No. 12 Louisville, No. 15 Notre Dame and No. 21 Virginia Tech) and won their final three home games (against Notre Dame, Syracuse and Davidson in the NIT) to close the 2015-16 season. Florida State’s current home winning streak began with a 77-56 win over Notre Dame on Feb. 27, 2016. The Seminoles have moved into a tie for fourth as Texas Southern plays its first 13 games on the road and doesn’t play at home until Jan. 1, 2018.
MANN AND M.J. WALKER NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM AT JAMAICA CLASSIC
Junior Terance Mann (17.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and freshman M.J. Walker (11.0 ppg, 1.5 spg) were both named to the Jamaica Classic All-Tournament team as the Seminoles took home the championship of the event with victories over Fordham (67-43, Nov. 17) and Colorado State (90-73, Nov. 19, 2017). For Mann and Walker, it marked the first time both players had been named to an all-tournament team during their collegiate careers.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat The Citadel and win its fifth consecutive game to open the 2017-18 season. It would mark the second time since the start of the 2013-14 season that the Seminoles won at least their first five games to begin a season under head coach Leonard Hamilton. Florida State has opened a season a 5-0 under Hamilton five times (2003-04, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2013-14;
…Defeat The Citadel and win its sixth consecutive game against the Bulldogs. The Seminoles have won each of the games played between the two teams since an 83-67 win in Charleston on Dec. 19, 1966;
…Defeat The Citadel and gain a win over a team from the Southern Conference for the first time since topping Samford, 76-68, on Dec. 19, 2016 in Tallahassee.