April 17, 2007
TALLAHASSE, Fla. –
Florida State will play host to Minnesota in the Ninth Annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7:30 in a game televised by ESPN2. The game is one of 11 match-ups announced by ESPN with each game televised on the ESPN family of networks with the Seminoles’ game against the Gophers coming in prime time on the second night of the event.
Florida State returns three players – junior Toney Douglas (12.7 ppg) and seniors Jason Rich (10.3 ppg) and Isaiah Swann (10.3 ppg) – who averaged in double figures to a very talented roster for the 2006-07 season. Douglas, Rich and Swann will combine to form one of the nation’s most talented and athletic backcourts in the nation during the upcoming season. All three players rank as a returning leader in at least one statistical category with Douglas standing as the Seminoles’ leading returning scorer (380 total points / 12.7 ppg), Rich as their leading field goal percentage (.525) and free throw percentage (.805) shooter and Swann as the team leader in 3-point field goals made (68) and assists (110 / 3.1 apg). Florida State was 22-13 overall and 7-9 in the ACC in 2007. The Seminoles advanced to the quarterfinals of the NIT last season and have played in the postseason in three of the last four seasons.
Florida State will face Minnesota for the third time in the nine-year history of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Seminoles defeated the Gophers, 70-69, on Nov. 29, 2004 in Minneapolis and fell to Minnesota, 76-71, on Nov. 29, 2000 in Tallahassee. Florida State has won four of its last five games in the challenge and has a 4-1 record in the event under fifth-year Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles are 3-1 in challenge games at home including with all three wins coming during Hamilton’s tenure at Florida State. Florida State defeated Northwestern, 60-46, in the inaugural ACC/Big 10 Challenge in 1999 and gained the largest margin of victory in the history of the challenge against Purdue in 2005 with a 97-57 (+40 point) victory at home.
Minnesota finished with a 9-22 overall record and a 3-13 record in Big Ten play. The Gophers are led by Tubby Smith who was hired as the 15th head coach in school history on March 23, 2007. Smith goes to Minnesota after having spent the past 10 seasons (1997-2007) as the head coach at the University of Kentucky.
Florida State is tied as fourth winningest team in ACC/Big Ten Challenge history with five wins and a 5-3 record. Only three teams (Duke, 8-0; Wake Forest, 6-1; Clemson, 6-2) have more wins and only two others (Maryland, 5-3; NC State, 5-3) have as many wins in the event as the Seminoles. The Seminoles are one of only seven teams with a better than .500 record in the event.
The ACC, which won the event by a 8-3 margin last season, has won the Commissioner’s Cup during each of the first eight years of the event. With the expansion of the ACC in recent years the event has increased to 11 games and 22 teams in the last two years from nine games and 18 games during the first six years of the event.
2007 BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE SCHEDULE Monday, Nov. 26 Wednesday, Nov. 28 7:00 p.m. espn2 Wake Forest at Iowa 7:00 p.m. ESPN NC State at Michigan St. 7:30 p.m. espn2 Illinois at Maryland Tuesday, Nov. 27 8:00 p.m. ESPNU Boston Col. at Michigan 7:00 p.m. ESPN Ga. Tech at Indiana 9:00 p.m. ESPN N. Carolina at Ohio St. 7:30 p.m. espn2 Minnesota at Florida St 9:30 p.m. espn2 Va. Tech at Penn St. 8:00 p.m. ESPNU Northwestern at Virginia 9:00 p.m. ESPN Wisconsin at Duke 9:20 p.m. espn2 Purdue at Clemson
FLORIDA STATE'S BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE HISTORY (5-3) Dec. 1, 1999 Nov. 29, 2000 Nov. 28, 2001 Dec. 2, 2002 Florida State 60 at Florida State 71 Florida State 50 at Florida State 80 at Northwestern 46 Minnesota 76 at Northwestern 57 Iowa 67
Dec. 1, 2003 Nov. 30, 2004 Nov. 29, 2005 Nov. 28, 2006 at Florida State 71 Florida State 70 at Florida State 97 Florida State 66 Northwestern 53 at Minnesota 69 Purdue 57 at Wisconsin 81