TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s basketball team, which won the 2012 ACC Championship, opens its regular season at home against South Alabama on Nov. 9 in the first round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic and could play more than half of its regular season games against teams that played in the postseason in 2012. The Seminoles’ 2012-13 schedule includes home games against NCAA Tournament participants North Carolina, Duke, NC State, Virginia and Florida, NIT runner-up Minnesota in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and NIT participant Miami as the Seminoles’ face their first ever 18-game ACC schedule as announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Florida State’s schedule features one team that won at least 30 games (North Carolina), three that won at least 25 and 11 that won 20 or more games. The Seminoles will play at least eight games against teams that played in the 2012 NCAA Tournament (Duke, Florida, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia), at least four games against teams that played in the NIT (Miami, Minnesota and Virginia Tech) and will play host to Mercer, the champions of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI). In addition, Florida State will play in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament where it could face NCAA Tournament teams Notre Dame and/or BYU and NIT participant Saint Joseph’s.
“We really like our schedule this year because it gives our guys numerous opportunities to play against elite-level competition from November all the way through March,” said 2012 ACC Coach of the Year Leonard Hamilton. “Each of our opponents in the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament to begin the season will be a test for us, then you play Minnesota and Florida within a one-week period of time, then at Charlotte, against Tulsa (at the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Classic) and at Auburn all before conference play. That’s six games against teams from five of the top 10 RPI rated conferences in the country before you have even played an ACC game which has two of the top four all-time winningest programs in the history of college basketball.
“The quality of our schedule will serve as a motivator for our players to stay focused and to understand that we do not have the luxury of not being ready for the beginning of the season,” said Hamilton. “The challenge for our team will be to see how quickly our inexperienced players can transition into becoming the efficient players we need them to be in order for our team to be successful early in the season.”
The Seminoles’ schedule includes 11 teams that were ranked in the top 100 of the RPI in 2012 with North Carolina (4) Duke (7) and Florida (19) ranked in the top 20, NC State (36), BYU, (47) and Notre Dame (49) ranked in the top 50, Virginia (59), Minnesota (63), and Miami (71) ranked in the top 75 with Saint Joseph’s (77) and Mercer (98) rounding out the top 100.
For the first time, Florida State (along with each of the 12 teams in the ACC) will play 18 conference games – nine home and nine away – in anticipation of Pittsburgh and Syracuse becoming the 13th and 14th members of the ACC on July 1, 2013. The Seminoles begin their ACC home schedule against NCAA Tournament participant North Carolina (Jan. 12) and will also play Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Maryland, Miami, NC State, Virginia and Wake Forest at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. Florida State opens its ACC schedule with road games at Clemson (Jan. 5) and at Maryland (Jan. 9) and will also play at Georgia Tech, at Miami, at North Carolina, at NC State, at Virginia, at Virginia Tech and at Wake Forest. The 60th annual ACC Tournament is scheduled for March 14-17 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. where the Seminoles will defend their conference championship.
Florida State opens its 2012-13 season in the 12-team Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament which has the Seminoles facing South Alabama and Buffalo at home then travelling to play in the championship rounds at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y, Nov. 16-17. The four host teams (Florida State, BYU, Notre Dame and Saint Joseph’s) will all play two games at home and two games in Brooklyn. The Seminoles will face BYU in the semifinal round and either the Fighting Irish or the Hawks in the final round. Florida State is making its first ever appearance in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic which will be televised nationally on the TRU TV network.
Florida State will play host to Minnesota on Nov. 27 at home in the 14th Annual ACC / Big Ten Challenge. It will mark the fourth time in the history of the challenge the Seminoles will play Minnesota with Florida State holding a 2-1 advantage and having won two consecutive games against the Gophers. The 2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge includes nine teams ranked in an ESPN.com early preseason top 25 including five of the top nine: No. 1 Indiana, No. 5 Michigan, No. 6 NC State, No. 8 Ohio State and No. 9 Michigan State. The Seminoles and Gophers have both received mention as two of the top teams in the nation according to most preseason polls.
Just over a week later, Florida State will play host to Florida – an NCAA Tournament Elite 8 team in 2012. The Seminoles have won three of the last four games played in Tallahassee against the Gators. The Seminoles close out the month of December against Charlotte (Dec. 22) in a game that will be played at the Time Warner Cable Arena (home of the Charlotte Bobcats) and against the Danny Manning-led Tulsa Golden Hurricane (Dec. 29) in the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Classic at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. The Seminoles’ game against Tulsa precedes Florida against Air Force in the one-day, one-game classic. The Seminoles begin the new calendar year and close out their non-conference schedule at Auburn (Jan. 2) marking the fourth consecutive year the Seminoles play the Tigers.
Florida State, which is the third winningest program in the ACC since the start of the 2005-06 season, returns four of its top five scorers and three of its top four rebounders including All-American and pre-season ACC Player of the Year candidate Michael Snaer from its 2012 ACC Championship team.
2012-13 Seminole Men’s Basketball Schedule
(As of September 6, 2012)
Date Da Opponent Location Time TV
Oct. 30 Tuesday 1 Lincoln Memorial Tallahassee, Fla. TBA TBA
Nov. 5 Monday 1 St. Leo Tallahassee, Fla. TBA TBA
Nov. 9 Friday 2 South Alabama Tallahassee, Fla. TBA TBA
Nov. 12 Monday 2 Buffalo Tallahassee, Fla. TBA TBA
Nov. 16 Friday 3 TBA Brooklyn, N.Y. 7:00/9:20 Tru TV
Nov. 17 Saturday 3 TBA Brooklyn, N.Y. 7:00/9:20 Tru TV
Nov. 21 Wednesday North Florida Tallahassee, Fla. TBA TBA
Nov. 27 Tuesday 4 Minnesota Tallahassee, Fla. 7:15 p.m. ESPN2
Dec. 2 Sunday Mercer Tallahassee, Fla. TBA TBA
Dec. 5 Wednesday Florida Tallahassee, Fla. 7:00 ESPN2
Dec. 9 Sunday Maine Tallahassee, Fla. 4:00 p.m. ESPNU
Dec. 17 Monday Louisiana Monroe Tallahassee, Fla. TBA ESPNU/ESPN3
Dec. 22 Saturday 5 Charlotte Charlotte, N.C. 2:00 p.m. FSS
Dec. 29 Saturday 6 Tulsa Sunrise, Fla. 2:00 p.m. FSN
Jan. 2 Wednesday at Auburn Auburn, Ala. 8:00 p.m. TBA
Jan. 5 Saturday * at Clemson Clemson, S.C. 4:00 p.m. FSS/ESPN3
Jan. 9 Wednesday * at Maryland College Park, Md. 8:00 p.m. ACC Network/ESPN3
Jan. 12 Saturday * North Carolina Tallahassee, Fla. 2:00 p.m. ESPN/WatchESPN
Jan. 19 Saturday * at Virginia Charlottesville, VA. 4:00 p.m. ACC Network/ESPN3
Jan. 24 Thursday * Clemson Tallahassee, Fla. 8:00 p.m. ACC Network/ESPN3
Jan. 27 Sunday * at Miami Coral Gables, Fla. 6:00 p.m. ESPNU
Jan. 30 Wednesday * Maryland Tallahassee, Fla. 8:00 p.m. ACC Network/ESPN3
Feb. 2 Saturday * Duke Tallahassee, Fla. 2:00 p.m. ESPN/WatchESPN
Feb. 5 Tuesday * at Georgia Tech Atlanta, Ga. 9:00 p.m. FSS/ESPN3
Feb. 9 Saturday * at Wake Forest Winston-Salem, N.C. 12 Noon ESPN/ESPN2/WatchESPN
Feb. 13 Wednesday * Miami Tallahassee, Fla. 7:00 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2/WatchESPN
Feb. 16 Saturday * Boston College Tallahassee, Fla. 12 Noon ACC Network/ESPN3
Feb. 19 Tuesday * at NC State Raleigh, N.C. 7:00 p.m. ESPN2/ESPN3
Feb. 24 Sunday * at Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Va. 6:00 p.m. ESPNU
Feb. 26 Tuesday * Wake Forest Tallahassee, Fla. 9:00 p.m. ESPNU
March 3 Sunday * at North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C. 2:00 p.m. CBS
March 7 Thursday * Virginia Tallahassee, Fla. 7:00 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2/ESPN3
March 9 Saturday * NC State Tallahassee, Fla. 2:00 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2/ESPN3
March 14-17 Thurs.-Sun. at ACC Tournament Greensboro, N.C. TBA TBA