TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — No. 25 Florida State, which has won four of its first five games, will play Illinois in the third-place game of the 2016 NIT Season Tip-Off at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Friday, November 25, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. The game marks the first of two consecutive games against teams from the Big Ten for the Seminoles who will face Minnesota in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Monday night in Tallahassee. The Seminoles’ game against Illinois marks the 18th consecutive season they will play at least one Big Ten team in a single season. Following Friday’s game against Illinois, the Seminoles will play six of their next eight games at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center starting with Monday’s game against Minnesota.
FLORIDA STATE VS. ILLINOIS – A SERIES HISTORY
Florida State will face Illinois of the Big 10 in the third-place game of the NIT Season Tip Off on Friday, November 25 at Barclays Center. Friday’s game marks the first time the Seminoles and the Fighting Illini will meet in the sport of basketball. It would also be one of two games against a team from the Big 10 on the Seminoles’ schedule – Florida State will play Minnesota in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge on November 28 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Fighting Illini are coached by John Groce who is in his fifth season as Illinois’ head coach. He was an assistant coach at NC State from 1997-2000 – a period of four years when the Seminoles owned a 4-5 record against the Wolfpack. Darren Hertz, a special assistant to the head coach John Groce was at Florida from 1997 through 2015.
BACON ON NAISMITH, WOODEN AND JULIUS ERVING AWARD WATCH LISTS
Sophomore Dwayne Bacon, who averages a team-leading 16.5 points per game in the Seminoles’ first five games of the season, has been named to the Naismith and Wooden Award Watch Lists as the college basketball player of the year and the Julius Erving Award Watch List as college basketball’s top small forward.
BACON RUNS DOUBLE FIGURE SCORING STREAK TO 14 CONSECUTIVE GAMES
Sophomore Dwayne Bacon scored a team leading 22 points against Temple to run his double figure scoring streak to 14 consecutive games. He has scored in double figures in each game since Feb. 17, 2016 against Georgia Tech. Bacon enters Friday’s game against Illinois having scored in double figures in two consecutive games (22 against Detroit Mercy and 22 against Temple). Bacon is shooting .545 percent from the field (18 of 33) and .429 from the 3-point line (three of seven) in the last two games.
ISAAC NAMED TO KARL MALONE AWARD WATCH LIST
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has named Florida State freshman Jonathan Isaac as one of 20 candidates for the 2017 Karl Malone Power Forward Award. Players are selected from Division I men’s basketball teams all over the country for this watch-list and Isaac is one of six from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
ISAAC HAS SCORED IN DOUBLE FIGURES IN FIRST FIVE CAREER GAMES
With 19 points in Florida State’s game against Temple on Thursday, freshman Jonathan Isaac has scored in double figures in each of the first five games of his career. Isaac enters Friday’s game against Illinois averaging 15.4 points per game with his season-high of 20 points coming in the Seminoles’ victory over Winthrop on Nov. 15. Malik Beasley, who was a first round NBA Draft selection of the Denver Nuggets in 2016, set the school record as he scored in double figures in the first 24 games of the 2015-16 season.
MANN IN DOUBLE FIGURES FOR THIRD TIME AGAINST TEMPLE
Sophomore Terance Mann scored 10 points in Florida State’s game against Temple and has now scored in double figures a single-season career-high tying three times in the first five games of the 2016-17 season. He has totaled 12 and 11 in wins over Iona and Winthrop, respectively, and enters Friday’s game against Illinois looking to score in double figures in three consecutive games for the first time in his career. Mann is averaging 10.5 points and .500 from the field (seven of 14) in the last two games.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Illinois and gain a win over a team from the Big Ten for the first time since Nov. 27, 2007 when it defeated Minnesota, 75-61, in Tallahassee;
…Defeat Illinois and defeat a team from the state of Illinois for the first time since the Seminoles defeated Northwestern, 71-53, in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 1, 2003.