TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) — Florida State plays host to UCF in the fourth of four consecutive home games at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Saturday, December 6, 2014. The game between the Seminoles and the Knights marks the second consecutive season the two teams will meet after Florida State took an 80-68 win last season at the CFE Arena in Orlando. The game marks the first time the teams will meet in back to back seasons since the 1988 and 1989 season when the teams met three times in a 12-month span. In the series, which Florida State leads 10-0, seven of the first 10 games in the series have been played in Tallahassee on the Seminoles’ home court with two having been played on neutral courts in the city of Orlando. Florida State won its game against UCF last season – the first played on the Knight’s home court. The Seminoles took a 101-67 win over UCF on Dec. 29, 1987 and a 97-64 win over the Knights on Dec. 28, 1988 in games played at the Orange County Convention Center. Following Saturday’s game against UCF, the Seminoles will spend a week taking their final semester exams before beginning ACC play at Notre Dame on Saturday, December 13 at 8:00 p.m. The conference game against the Irish will mark Florida State’s 11th ACC game in the month of December since joining the league for the 1991-92 season and its third earliest during the month. Florida State’s first ever ACC game – an 86-74 win over North Carolina, came on December 15, 1991.
SEMINOLES TO HOLD PREGAME FANFEST ON SATURDAY
Florida State will host a pregame Fan Fest Saturday before its game against UCF. The event will run from 11a.m. until 1 p.m. outside the Tucker Center on the plaza. There will be inflatable games, face painting, corn hole tournaments, live bands, basketball games and more. It’s FREE and open to the public.
FLORIDA STATE VS. UCF – A SERIES HISTORY
Florida State will play host to UCF December 6 in the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles hold a 10-0 advantage over the Knights. Seven of those wins have come in Tallahassee, two at neutral sites, and one at CFE Federal Credit Union Arena in Orlando. The game will mark the first of five non-conference games between in-state opponents for Florida State this season. Florida State will also face North Florida (December 17), USF (December 20), Stetson (December 22) and Florida (December 30) along with the conference home and home match-up with Miami adding two more games. The Seminoles defeated UCF, 80-68, on November 13, 2013 – their first game against a member of the American Athletic Conference which was reorganized on July 1, 2013.
SEMINOLES FACE SUNSHINE STATE SERIES DURING MONTH OF DECEMBER
Florida State’s game against UCF is the first of five consecutive non-conference games against teams from the state of Florida during the month of December. In addition to UCF (Orlando), the Seminoles will face North Florida (Jacksonville), Stetson (DeLand), USF (Tampa) and the University of Florida (Gainesville) during the month. Florida State will face Miami (Fla.) twice during the regular season.
THOMAS NAMED A NOMINEE FOR THE ALLSTATE GOOD WORKS TEAM
Junior Aaron Thomas, an Interdisciplinary Social Science major and third-year member of the Florida State basketball team, has been named as a nominee for the Allstate Good Works team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Thomas has be recognized as a member of a distinguished group of student-athletes who have demonstrated a commitment to enriching the lives of others and contributing to the greater good in their communities. Thomas is one of 158 men’s players in Division I, II and III nominated for the award sponsored by the NABC. The NABC is sponsoring the award for the third year to help spotlight the off-the-court good works and service to others that often goes unnoticed and unrewarded. From creating organizations benefitting at-risk youth to volunteering overseas to help impoverished communities, there are countless remarkable stories of service among this year’s group of nominees. The final list of 20 award recipients will be unveiled in February.
RATHAN-MAYES AS FLORIDA STATE’S LEADING SCORER
Freshman Xavier Rathan-Mays enters Saturday’s game against UCF as Florida State’s leading scorer with a 14.3 points per game scoring average. He has led the Seminoles in scoring in four consecutive games.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat UCF and win its 11th consecutive game against the Knights. The Seminoles have won at least 11 consecutive games against five different teams with their 18-game winning streak against Jacksonville ranking as their longest current streak.