FSU is 2-0 so far this season on neutral courts, having beaten UNLV and Colorado to win the Sunshine Slam in Daytona Beach earlier this season.
Florida State is 4-3 on the season after seeing double-digit second-half leads slip away in consecutive games — first against the Georgia Bulldogs at home and then vs. the North Carolina Tar Heels on the road.
USF (2-4) has struggled so far this season, especially on offense where they have the 302nd rated attack in the country. The Bulls’ sole wins this season have been vs. South Carolina State (96-52) and Northern Iowa (75-65) and are currently lead in scoring by senior guard Selton Miguel, who is averaging 12.7 points per game.
According to DraftKings, Florida State is a seven-point favorite over the Bulls, with the over/under set at 147.
FSU vs. USF: How to stream
Saturday, December 9
Seminoles Radio Network, SiriusXM RADIO FSU Broadcast: CH. 119 or 193
Game notes, via FSU Sports Info
SEMINOLES TO PLAY USF IN ORANGE BOWL CLASSIC ON SATURDAY IN SUNRISE
Florida State, which has won both of its games played this season on a neutral court, travels to Sunrise, Fla. to face the USF Bulls in the AutoNation Orange Bowl Classic. It’s the 13th time in the history of the classic and the 12th time under head coach Leonard Hamilton the Seminole will play in the event. It also marks the third time Florida State will face USF in the Orange Bowl Classic with the Seminoles tanking wins in the first two meetings in 2014 (75-62) and in 2019 (66-60). With nine victories in their history of playing, the Seminoles have defeated eight different teams with hits most recent win coming against USF in 2019. The classic was not played in 2020 or 2021. Following Saturday’s game against USF, the Seminoles’ players will break for the fall semester exam period and play host to SMU on Saturday, December 16, at 8:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
FLORIDA STATE VS USF – CONNECTIONS
Florida State plays USF in the AutoNation Orange Bowl Classic on December 9, 2023, at the Amerant Bank Arena in Sunrise. Florida State leads the all-time series against USF by a 22-12 margin with three victories in the last four games played between the two teams. The series between the Seminoles and the Bulls began in 1973 with a 93- 53 Florida State win in a game played in Tallahassee. The teams have met seven times at a neutral site with the Seminoles holding a 4-3 advantage in games played away from campus. Amir Abdur-Rahim is in his first season as the Bulls’ Head Coach. Previously he was the head coach at Kennesaw State – the Seminoles’ opening opponent in the 2023-24 season. Abdur-Rahim has never faced Florida State as a coach (head or assistant) but was on the staff at Georgia Tech as the Director of Player Development during the 2011-12 season. The Seminoles were 2-0 against the Yellow Jackets (and win the ACC Tournament championship) that season. Desmond Oliver, an assistant coach on Abdur-Rahim’s staff, has an 0-3 all-time record against Florida State as he coached against Florida State most recently as a member of Rick Barnes’ staff at Tennessee in the first round of the Emerald Coast Classic in 2019 – a 60-57 Florida State win. He also coached against Florida State as an assistant at Charlotte in two games won by the Seminoles during the 2012-13 season (79-76 at Charlotte) and during the 2013-14 season (106-62 at Florida State). Assistant Coach Ben Fletcher was an assistant coach at Troy, when the Seminoles defeated the Trojans by an 83- 67 score on December 3, 2018, in Tallahassee, and is 0-1 all-time against Florida State. Griffin McHone, the Bulls’ Director of Player Development, is the son of Florida State legend Mo McHone, who was an assistant coach (1970- 78) for the Seminoles when they played UCLA for a national championship in 1972. Mo McHone is a 1965 graduate of Florida State University. Lee Butler, the Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Student-Athlete Success, was an Assistant Commissioner at the ACC from 2010-22, and knows Florida State and Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton well in an administrative role. Butler was a member of the basketball team at Miami during the 2004-05 season and was 2-0 as a Hurricane player against the Seminoles that season. Michael Kelly, the Director of Athletics at USF, and Kris Pierce, the Bulls’ Deputy Director of Athletics, both worked at the ACC, and closely with Hamilton and his staff at Florida State.
SEMINOLES TO WEAR SPECIAL TURQUOISE UNIFORMS AGAINST BULLS
As is its annual tradition in the Orange Bowl Classic, Florida State will wear its distinctive Nike N7 turquoise uniforms in its game against USF. It marks the 26th time the Seminoles will wear the uniforms since first donning them on November 17, 2013 in an 89-61 win over UT Martin. It’s the 20th time the Seminoles have worn the special uniforms during a non-conference game – the Seminoles are 15-4 against non-ACC teamsin the uniforms. It’s the ninth time the Seminole have worn the uniforms in the Orange Bowl Classic – Florida State is 6-2 in the special uniforms while playing in the Orange Bowl Classic.
FLORIDA STATE’S HISTORY IN THE ORANGE BOWL CLASSIC
Florida State owns an 9-3 record in 12 previous Orange Bowl Classic appearances and enters the 2023 Classic having won nine of their last 11 games with victories over Nebraska (2005), Western Kentucky (2008), Tulsa (2012), UMass (2013), USF (2014), Florida Atlantic (2016), Manhattan (2017), Saint Louis (2018) and USF (2019). The Seminoles are 3-0 in the Orange Bowl Classic against teams from the state of Florida with two victories over USF and one over Florida Atlantic.