TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Florida State, one of only five teams in the top 15 of the Associated Press poll which has defeated multiple nationally ranked teams in the first month of the season, plays host to Troy on Monday, December 3, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. The Seminoles are joined by only Kansas, Duke, Virginia and Michigan as the five teams in the nation who have defeated two ranked teams entering the month of December. The Seminoles have six wins entering their game against Troy – with victories registered of then No. 19/21 LSU in the semifinals of the AdvoCare Invitational (November 23; 79-76 in overtime) and then No. 18/19 Purdue in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge (November 28, 73-72). Florida State’s game against Troy is its second of two consecutive home games with two more home games coming after the university’s semester exam period (December 17 against Southeast Missouri and December 19 against North Florida). Following Monday’s game against Troy the Seminoles travel to play UConn in the Never Forget Tribute Classic on December 8 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
FLORIDA STATE VS. TROY – A SERIES HISTORY
Florida State will play host to Troy University on Dec. 3, 2018 at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The series between the Seminoles and the Trojans began on Dec. 12, 1947 and was the second game in the history of the Florida State basketball program. The Seminoles won the first game played between the two teams – 57-37 in Tallahassee. Florida State enters its 2018 game against Troy with a seven-game winning streak in the series and has won every game in the series since a 68-64 win at Troy on Dec. 15, 1948. Troy is coached by Phil Cunningham who is in his sixth season as the Trojans’ head coach. Cunningham has coached against Florida State once — as an assistant coach at Mississippi State on March 20, 2007 – in an 86-71 win by the Bulldogs in the third round of the postseason NIT. Marcus Grant, an assistant coach on Cunningham’s staff, was an assistant coach at Mississippi State from 2005-2012 – a time period when the Bulldogs were 1-0 against the Seminoles.
FLORIDA STATE IS TOUGH TO BEAT AT HOME IN THE DONALD L TUCKER CENTER
Florida State enters Monday night’s game against Troy as the winningest team in the nation on its home court since the start of the 2015-16 season. With 34 wins in its last 36 games played in the Donald L. Tucker Center during the 2016-17 (a perfect 18-0 record), 2017-18 season (13-2 record) and 2018-19 (3-0 record), Florida State is the winningest team on its home court in the nation in the last two seasons. The Seminoles have a .944 winning percentage at home in the last three season.
MANN ENTERS MONDAY’S GAME AGAINST TROY WITH 986 CAREER POINTS
Florida State senior guard Terance Mann, a candidate for the 2019 Senior CLASS Award, enters Monday’s game with 986 career points and needs only 14 points to become the 47th player in school history with 1,000 or more career points scored. He is Florida State’s leading scorer with 86 points this season (team-leading 12.3 ppg) after scoring a total of 900 points in the first three seasons of his career.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Troy and win its 29th consecutive non-conference home game. The Seminoles are 36-1 (.973 winning percentage) at home on non-ACC games since the beginning of the 2013-14 season;
…Defeat Troy and raise its record against teams from the Sun belt Conference to 51-8;
…Defeat Troy and win its eighth consecutive games against the Trojans in a series that dates back to the 1947-48 season – the first season of Florida State basketball. The Seminole played Troy (a 57-37 Florida State win) in the second game in the history of the program.