December 29, 2003 - by
Men’s Basketball Ranked 25th In ESPN/USA Today Poll

Dec. 29, 2003

The Florida State men’s basketball team is ranked 25th in this week’s ESPN/USA Today men’s basketball coaches’ poll. It marks the first time since January of 1998 that the Seminoles have earned a national ranking in men’s basketball.

The Seminoles are 11-1 and play at Stetson Tuesday at 8 p.m. in Deland, Fla. It marks the first time Florida State will play as a ranked team since their last appearance in the NCAA Tournament during the 1998 season.

“I am extremely happy for our players because it gives them a sense of accomplishment,” said Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. “We must use this as a motivator and at the same time keep it in persepective. Our motivation is that we need to continue.”

Florida State enters the top 25 for the first time this season after receiving votes in each of the last three weeks. The Seminoles won their first 10 games of the season and defeated No. 24 ranked Maryland, 79-75, Sunday night in Tallahassee. At 11-1, Hamilton’s squad is off to the best start in school history since the 1971-72 Seminoles won 16 of their first 17 games. That team, led by Ron King advanced to the championship game of the NCAA Tournament before falling to UCLA.

“We realize that it is early in the season and where we are ranked at the end of the season is what really counts.”

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