Florida State Seminoles basketball is coming off its first loss of the season — a disappointing 71-55 stumble that broke FSU’s win streak in the rivalry series vs. the Florida Gators and knocked the Seminoles out of the AP Top 25.
“I thought Florida definitely did a great job, especially with their game plan. They took a lot of things away from us that we’ve been accustomed to getting. I thought they were very well prepared,” head coach Leonard Hamilton said following the Seminoles’ loss on Sunday. “I thought that they out Florida State’d, Florida State. I thought they did the things to us that we’ve been accustomed to doing to other people and you have to give them credit for that.”
Up next on the docket is the Tulane Green Wave, who sit at 1-1 on the season after faltering to the Southern Jaguars 73-70 in a game in which the Green Wave were favored by 12.5 points. Tulan’s season opener, where it was favored by 15, saw it squeak out a win vs. Southeastern 70-67.
Freshman guard Jalen Cook has led all Tulane players in scoring this season, averaging 23.5 points per game while also leading the team in assists with 5.5 per game. Other players of note for the Green Wave are sophomore forward Kevin Cross, freshman forward Tylan Pope and sophomore guard Jaylan Forbes.
The game is scheduled to tip-off at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17 at 8 p.m. and will be broadcast on the ACC Network.
FSU and Tulane last met in 2018, a 80-69 victory for Florida State.
According to DraftKings, Florida State is a 18.5 point favorite over Tulane.
Game notes, via Seminoles.com
- The Seminoles and the Green Wave will meet for the 38th time. Florida State leads the all-time series by a 25-12 margin and has won eight of the last 10 games played between the two teams. Florida State and Tulane were members of the Metro Conference from 1975-85 and from 1989-91. Ron Hunter is in his third season as the head coach at Tulane. In three stops as a head coach at IUPUI (1995-2011), Georgia State (2012-19) and Tulane (2020-21), he has never faced Florida State. Ray McCallum is an assistant coach on Hunter’s staff and faced the Seminoles at the Donald L. Tucker Center as Detroit Mercy’s head coach on November 20, 2016 – a 100-71 Florida State victory. Kevin Johnson, also an assistant on Hunter’s staff, was an assistant coach at Nicholls State when the Seminoles defeated the Colonels by an 81-58 margin on November 9, 2007 at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Amanda Robinson, the current Associate Director of Athletics for Sports Performance at Tulane, was the athletic trainer for the Seminole Men’s Basketball Team (2018-21) and accompanied the team to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments including three straight Sweet 16 appearances.
- Florida State and Tulane played as members of the Metro Conference from the 1976-77 season through the 1984- 85 season and then again during the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons. The Seminoles earned a 15-9 record against Tulane as members of the Metro Conference.