TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State, which was ranked No. 10 in the final Associated Press poll of the 2019 season, will travel to play at Indiana on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 in the 21st Annual ACC / Big Ten Challenge. The game will be played at historic Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., and match the Seminoles and the Hoosiers for the first time in the Challenge and for the first time since the two teams met in the Preseason NIT on November 25, 1992.
Florida State enters its game against Indiana having won three consecutive games in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge including its 73-72 victory over Purdue in the Challenge last season. The Seminoles defeated Minnesota in the Challenge in 2016, beat Minnesota in 2017 and topped Purdue in 2018.
The ACC leads the all-time Challenge series by a 12-5-3 margin after the two leagues finished in a 7-7 tie in 2018. The ACC has won two of the last three Challenges after winning each of the first 10 in the series that began in 1999.
Florida State finished the 2019 season with a 29-8 overall record and a 13-3 record in ACC play. Both the 29 overall wins and the 13 ACC wins established school records as the Seminoles played in the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive season. The Seminoles played in the ACC Championship game for the third time under Head Coach Leonard Hamilton and defeated six nationally ranked teams including National Champion Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament.
“We are very excited about playing Indiana in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge.” said Hamilton. “They are always a very well-coached and athletic team. Indiana obviously is one of the historic programs in college basketball. Playing on their campus, in their gym with their knowledgeable and enthusiastic fans is going to be very tough. I am confident our players will embrace playing Indiana on the road, and we’ll be ready to play.”
Florida State returns an experienced group of players for the 2019-20 season and will be led by returning guards Trent Forrest (9.3 ppg and 3.7 apg) and M.J. Walker (7.5 ppg, 44 3-point shots made). As one of the nation’s top points guards, Forrest will begin the season as a Bob Cousy Award nominee. The Seminoles also return forward RaiQuan Gray who started three games in the 2019 NCAA Tournament, guard Devin Vassell who scored 14 points against No. 16 Virginia Tech in the semifinals of the 2019 ACC Tournament and guard Anthony Polite who averages 11.5 minutes played last season as a redshirt freshman.
The Seminoles will also welcome one of the nation’s top recruiting classes to Tallahassee this fall. The group is headlined by Patrick Williams, considered by most to be one of the top-20 recruits entering college basketball along with junior college standouts Nate Jack and RayQuan Evans.
The Seminoles are 0-4 against Indiana in the series that dates back to the 1975-76 season. After playing the first game of the series at Indiana on December 8, 1975, each of the last three games between the two teams have been played at neutral sites: in the 1991 NCAA Tournament at Louisville, in the 1992 NCAA Tournament in Albuquerque and in the 1992 Preseason NIT at Madison Square Garden in New York.
ESPN will release the ESPN channel and game times at a later date.
Monday December 2, 2019
Miami at Illinois
Clemson at Minnesota
Tuesday December 3, 2019
Florida State at Indiana
Michigan at Louisville
Iowa at Syracuse
Rutgers at Pitt
Duke at Michigan State
Northwestern at Boston College
Wednesday December 3, 2019
Virginia at Purdue
Notre dame at Maryland
Nebraska at Georgia Tech
Ohio State at North Carolina
Wisconsin at NC State
Wake Forest at Penn State