TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State, the third winningest program in the ACC in the last eight seasons, will travel to play at Minnesota on December 3, 2013 at Williams Arena on the campus University of Minnesota in the 15th Annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods. It will mark the fifth meeting between the Seminoles and the Gophers in the history of the challenge with the two teams having split the first four games.
The game between Florida State and Minnesota will be played in Minneapolis for only the second time in the series during the challenge. The Seminoles won at Minnesota, 70-69, in the Seminoles’ only road game of the challenge against the Gophers on Nov. 30, 2004.
Florida State’s meeting against Minnesota and North Carolina’s meeting against Michigan State in the 2013 ACC/Big Ten Challenge, will tie the record for the most meeting between two teams in the history of the challenge. Both series are tied at 2-2 between both the Seminoles and the Gophers and the Tar Heels and the Spartans.
Each of the 12 games in the two day event will be televised on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. The game times and channels will be decided at a later date.
2013 ACC/Big Ten Schedule
Tuesday December 3, 2013 December 4, 2013
Florida State at Minnesota North Carolina at Michigan State
Indiana at Syracuse Maryland at Ohio State
Michigan at Duke Miami at Nebraska
Notre Dame at Iowa Wisconsin at Virginia
Penn State at Pittsburgh Boston College at Purdue
Illinois at Georgia Tech Northwestern at NC State\
The Seminoles return three starters to their 2013-14 team including senior All-American candidate Okaro White (12.4 ppg and a team-leading 5.9 rpg). White is one of the nation’s most athletic players who has polished his game and who will need to show the shine he has developed during his senior season for the Seminoles’ to earn a return trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles also return point guard Devon Bookert (6.5 ppg and 2.4 apg) and guard Aaron Thomas (6.0 ppg and 2.4 rpg) to their starting line-up. Florida State finished the 2012-13 season with an 18-16 record and played in the NIT marking its school record eighth consecutive postseason tournament appearance. Senior Ian Miller, who averaged 5.3 points per game as a junior, will also return healthy after being hampered by a foot injury during his junior season.
The ACC and Big Ten split last year’s Challenge with six wins each. In the event of a tie, the Commissioner’s Cup remains with the conference that won the previous year, which was the Big Ten in 2011. The ACC holds a 10-3-1 Challenge record, winning the first 10 events (1999-2008) while the Big Ten won the next three (2009-2011). All 12 Big Ten teams and 12 of the 15 ACC teams will participate in the 2013 Challenge, including the three newest ACC members Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. Clemson, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest will not play in the 2013 event.
Florida State, which won the 2012 ACC Championship, is the third winningest program in the ACC behind only Duke and North Carolina (the third and fourth all-time wimngest programs in college basketball history) since the start of the 2005-06 season. With the addition of Syracuse (the fifth all-time winningest program), Notre Dame (the ninth all-time winningest program) and Pittsburgh for the 2013-14 season and defending national champion Louisville (the 12th all-time winningest program) for the 2014-15 season, the Seminoles will now play three of the top five and four of the top 10 winningest programs in college basketball on an annual basis.
The Gophers return three starters in 2013-14 from a team that finished the season with 21 wins, including a victory over UCLA in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The returnees combined to average 34.0 points per game which was half of the team's average a season ago. Junior guard Andre Hollins led Minnesota with a career-high average of 14.6 ppg while Austin Hollins chipped in with 10.7 ppg, second on last year's team. The Golden Gopher program will be guided by new head coach Richard Pitino
The Seminoles will play nine games at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center against North Carolina, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami, Virginia and Virginia Tech. The Seminoles will travel to play at Duke, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Clemson, Maryland, Miami, NC State, Virginia and Wake Forest.
Season Tickets are on sale now for this exciting 2013-14 season. The Tucker Center will be the place to be this year as fans will be able to see the new look ACC. Fans can visit Seminoles.com or call the ticket office at 888-FSU-NOLE to order tickets.
FLORIDA STATE'S ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE HISTORY
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
Nov. 27, 2007 Dec. 3, 2008 Dec. 2, 2009 Nov. 30, 2010
at Florida State 75 Florida State 59 Florida State 64 at Florida State 44
Minnesota 61 at Northwestern 73 at Ohio State 77 Ohio State 58
Nov. 30, 2011 Nov. 27, 2012 Dec. 3, 2013
Florida State 49 at Florida State 68 Florida State
at Michigan State 65 Minnesota 77 at Minnesota