March 16, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won an average of 20.3 games in each of the last three seasons, plays host to Akron on Tuesday, March 18 at 9:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee in the first round of the 2008 MasterCard NIT. The Seminoles are the No. 2 seed in the Syracuse region of the four region tournament. Florida State is making its third consecutive appearance in the NIT – the Seminoles were 1-1 in the 2006 event with a victory over Butler (March 17, 67-63) an overtime loss against South Carolina (March 21, 69-68) and were 2-1 in 2007 with victories over Toledo (March 13, 77-61) and Michigan (March 15, 87-66) before falling at Mississippi State in the quarterfinal round (March 20, 86-71). Florida State’s appearance in the 2008 NIT is its seventh in the history of the tournament. The Seminoles are 6-0 in six previous first round games and advanced to the tournament finals in 1997 with victories over Syracuse, Michigan State, West Virginia and Connecticut before falling to Michigan in the championship game. The winner of Tuesday’s game between Florida State and Akron advances to the second round to meet the winner of Tuesday night’s game between Massachusetts and Stephen F. Austin. As the No. 3 seeded team in their quartet and should the Seminoles defeat Akron, they would travel to play at Massachusetts if the Minutemen win or play host to Stephen F. Austin if the Lumberjacks are victorious.
All tickets for the game are general admission. Tickets will be available Monday morning at Seminoles.com and are $12.00 for adults and $4.00 for youth 18 and under. Tickets may also be purchased by calling the Seminole Ticket Office at 888-FSU-Nole or 850-644-GoFSU. All student tickets for the first round of the NIT will be distributed and sold at the main FSU athletics ticket office at Doak Campbell Stadium.