TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State will play host to Purdue on November 30, 2022 at the Donald L. Tucker Center as the pairings for the 24th Annual ACC / Big Ten Challenge were released by ESPN. It marks the second consecutive year and fourth time in the history of the Challenge the Seminoles will play the Boilermakers. Florida State leads the overall series by a 4-1 mark and leads the series in the Challenge by a 2-1 margin.
The Seminoles’ game against Purdue in the 2022 ACC / Big Ten Challenge marks the third time the two teams will play in Tallahassee during the Challenge. The Seminoles are 2-0 at home in the Tucker Center against the Boilermakers.
The Seminoles most recently 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. 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 2022 Big Ten / ACC Challenge game at Purdue having won four of its last six 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 in their most recent home game in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge.
Florida State will be led during the 2022-23 season by a core group of returning guards in Matthew Cleveland (the reigning ACC Sixth Man of the Year) and his back court running mates Caleb Mills (12.7 ppg) and Jalen Warley (2.5 apg). Mills and Cleveland (11.5 ppg) finished one-two in scoring for the Seminoles during the 2021-22 season. The Seminoles also welcome back Cam’Ron Fletcher (6.8 ppg) and center Naheem McLeod (4.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg) while welcoming in two graduate transfers (Jaylen Gainey from Brown University and Darin Green, Jr., from UCF) and an exciting and highly-Ranked group of freshmen.
“This is a great game for us, because every game in the challenge is a great game,” said 21st-year Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. “We are familiar with Purdue and its great tradition. Our staff and our players have a lot of respect for the job Matt Painter and his staff does; we thought they were one of the best teams in the country when we played them last season.”
Entering the 2022-23 season, Florida State has produced an ACC record four consecutive ACC Sixth Men of the Year (Mfiondu Kabengele, 2019; Patrick Williams, 2020; Scottie Barnes, 2021; Cleveland, 2022) – with Kabengele, Williams and Barnes being first round picks in the NBA Draft. Barnes was named the 2022 NBA Rookie of the Year, while Kabengele led the Rio Grande Vipers (affiliate of the Houston Rockets) to the NBA G League Championship in 2022.
Barnes, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, was named to the All-NBA Rookie Team while Barnes (Toronto Raptors), Williams (Chicago Bulls), Malik Beasley (Minnesota Timberwolves), Trent Forest (Utah Jazz), Terance Mann (Los Angeles Clippers), and Devin Vassell (San Antonio Spurs) helped their teams to the NBA Playoffs.
Seminole fans interested in purchasing season tickets for all home regular season games at the Donald L. Tucker Center can learn more here, or are encouraged to call the Florida State Ticket Office at 1-888-FSU-NOLE.
2022 ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Tuesday, November 28, 2022
Minnesota at Virginia Tech
Pitt at Northwestern
Wednesday, November 29, 2022
Syracuse at Illinois
Maryland at Louisville
Penn State at Clemson
Virginia at Michigan
Wake Forest at Wisconsin
Georgia Tech at Iowa
Thursday, November 30, 2022
Purdue at Florida State
Ohio State at Duke
Rutgers at Miami
North Carolina at Indiana
Michigan State at Notre Dame
Boston College at Nebraska