TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State will face Chattanooga (Nov 20) and Chicago State (Nov. 25) at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee and play Tennessee in the semifinals at the Arena at Northwest Florida State College (Nov. 29) as pairings for the Sixth Annual Emerald Coast Classic were announced by Global Sports. The Seminoles will play a championship round game against either Purdue or VCU (Nov. 30) as they are set for their Thanksgiving tournament in the state of Florida for the second consecutive year.
For the fifth consecutive year, CBS Sports Network will televise both games in the semifinal round (Florida State vs. Tennessee and Purdue vs. VCU) on Friday and the championship game on Saturday. Tickets will go on sale in later this summer at www.emeraldcoastclassic.com.
Florida State’s game against Tennessee will tip-off at 6:00 p.m. (CT) on Friday with the championship game set for 6:00 p.m. (CT) on Saturday. The consolation game is set for a 3:00 p.m. CT) start on Saturday. The Seminoles’ game times for its home schedule will be set at a later date.
Florida State, which is ranked 17th nationally by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports in his preseason poll, face Chattanooga and Chicago State in the first two rounds of the Emerald Classic. The Mocs and the Cougars are part of the Seminoles’ six-game non-conference schedule in Tallahassee. Season tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased at Seminoles.com or by calling the Seminole Athletics Ticket Office at (850) 644-1830.
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 Nathanael Jack and RayQuan Evans.
Florida State’s game against the Mocs is the third all-time meeting between the two teams – but the first since February 1, 1975. The Seminoles leads the all-time series by a 2-0 margin with one win coming on the Mocs home court (January 3, 1963, 72-55) and one coming in Tallahassee (February 1, 1975, 111-70). The Seminoles’ game against the Cougars is the second game in the series with Florida State which Florida State leads by a 1-0 margin. The first game between the two teams – a 47-42 Seminole victory – came in the third round of the University of Pittsburgh Holiday Hoops Classic at the Peterson Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Florida State’s game against Tennessee is the ninth meeting between the two teams – and the first since a regular season meeting on January 15, 1989 in Tallahassee – a game won by the Seminoles by a 101-90 margin. The Seminoles are 1-1 against the Vols in games played at a neutral site.
Niceville is located in the Crestview–Fort Walton Beach–Destin area of the state – an area which is a heavily populated with Seminole alumni fans. From Tallahassee to Pensacola in the Panhandle of the Sunshine State, there are more than 61,000 Florida State alumni that surround Destin. There are more than 18,000 Florida State alumni living in the area surrounding Destin. The Arena at NFSC is a 15-minute drive from the nearby Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport and a less-than-30-minute drive from the US-98 corridor in Destin along the Gulf Coast.
First and Second Round Games
Nov. 16, Chicago State at Purdue
Nov. 17, Jacksonville State at VCU
Nov. 20, Chattanooga at Florida State; Alabama State at Tennessee
Nov. 23, Jacksonville State at Purdue; Alabama State at VCU
Nov. 25, Chicago State at Florida State; Chattanooga at Tennessee
Third Round – Niceville, Fla.
Nov. 29, Jacksonville State vs. Chicago State, 11 a.m.
Alabama State vs. Chattanooga, 1:30 p.m.
Florida State vs. Tennessee, 6 p.m.
VCU vs. Purdue, 8:30 p.m.
Final Round – Niceville, Fla.
Nov. 30, Loser of JSU/Chicago State vs. Loser of ASU/Chattanooga, 10 a.m.
Winner of JSU/Chicago State vs. Winner of ASU/Chattanooga, 12:30 p.m.
Loser of FSU/Tennessee vs. Loser of VCU/Purdue, 3 p.m.;
Winner of FSU/Tennessee vs. Winner of VCU/Purdue, 6 p.m.