June 28, 2021 - by
Basketball To Play At Purdue In Big Ten / ACC Challenge

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State will travel to play at Purdue on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 in the 23rd Annual Big Ten / ACC Challenge.  The game will mark the third meeting between the two teams in the Challenge with Florida State holding a 2-0 lead in challenge games.  The Seminoles defeated the Boilermakers in challenge games during both the 2005 (97-57 in Tallahassee) and 2018 (73-72 in Tallahassee) seasons.

Most recently, the Seminoles defeated the Boilermakers, 63-60 in overtime, in the championship game of the Emerald Coast Classic on November 30, 2019 at The Arena at Northwest Florida State College.  Florida State leads the all-time series between the two teams by a 4-0 margin.  The Seminoles also took a 69-66 win over Purdue on December 26, 1974 in the first round of the Holiday Classic in Louisville, Ky.

Florida State enters its 2021 Big Ten / ACC Challenge game at Purdue having won four of its last five games in the event with wins over Minnesota in 2016, Rutgers in 2017, Purdue in 2018 and Indiana in 2020.  The Seminoles defeated Indiana, 69-67, in overtime on December 9, 2020 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee.

The ACC leads the challenge series, which has been played each year since 1999 by a 12-7-3 margin. The Big Ten currently holds the Commissioners Cup as it defeated the ACC by a 7-5 margin in 2020. The ACC won the challenge in each of its first 10 seasons (1999-2008) and has held a commanding and winning edge in the event since winning the first challenge by a 5-4 margin.

Florida State returns two starters – Anthony Polite (10.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg) and RayQuan Evans (5.1 ppg, 2.0 apg) and two more players with starting experience – Malik Osborne (5.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg) and Wyatt Wilkes (3.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg) from its 2021 NCAA Tournament team.  Hamilton and the Seminoles also welcome in the nation’s No. 2 ranked recruiting class which is led by transfer guards Cam’Ron Fletcher (Kentucky) and Caleb Mills (Houston) along with junior Naheem McLeod (5.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg in 2021 at Chipola College) and freshmen John Butler (20.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg at Christ Church Episcopal High School in South Carolina), Matthew Cleveland (22.8 ppg, 10.6 rpg at Pace Academy in Alpharetta, Ga.) and Jalen Warley (15.6 ppg, 7.0 apg at Westtown High School in West Chester, Pa.)

The Seminoles finished in second place in the ACC standings and advanced to the championship game of the 2021 ACC Tournament.  Florida State led the ACC in scoring offense (77.2 ppg), scoring margin (+8.0 ppg), field goal percentage shooting (.474) and 3-point field goal percentage shooting (.376) during the 2020-21 season.

Since the start of the 2016 season the Seminoles are the third winningest team in ACC play with a 115-38 record (.752 winning percentage) and average 24.8 overall wins per season.  Florida State has won at least 23 games in four of the last five seasons.

Florida State is one of three teams in the nation that has played in the Sweet 16 of each of the last three NCAA Tournaments (Florida State, Gonzaga, Michigan) and is one of just six teams in the nation that has won at least one game in each of the last four NCAA Tournaments (Florida State, Gonzaga, Kansas, Michigan, and Villanova, Florida).  The Seminoles have won eight games in the last four NCAA Tournaments.  The Seminoles are 8-4 with at least one win in each of the last four NCAA Tournaments.

Florida State has finished 12th or higher in the national polls in each of the last three seasons (2021, No. 10; 2020, No. 4; 2019, No. 12) and has been ranked in the final national poll in each of the last five seasons (2021, No. 10; 2020, No. 4; 2019, No. 12; 2018, No. 18; 2017, No. 16).  The Seminoles are one of only two teams in the ACC to be ranked in the final poll in each of the last five seasons.

2021 Big Ten/ACC Challenge
Monday, November 29
Iowa at Virginia
Notre Dame at Illinois

Tuesday, November 30
Clemson at Rutgers
Duke at Ohio State
Florida State at Purdue
Minnesota at Pitt
Indiana at Syracuse
Northwestern at Wake Forest

Wednesday, December 1
Wisconsin at Georgia Tech
Louisville at Michigan State
Miami at Penn State
Michigan at North Carolina
Nebraska at NC State
Virginia Tech at Maryland

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