Florida State basketball’s season isn’t too far away. This afternoon, the Seminoles announced their non-conference schedule. The ‘Noles will play 11 games out-of-conference. Five of those games will be at home, four will be neutral site, and two will be on the road.
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The Seminoles will welcome Penn, Tulane, Boston University (part of the Jacksonville Classic), Lipscomb, and North Florida into the Tucker Center.
FSU will take on Loyola Maramount and one of SMU or Missouri at UNF Arena as part of the Jacksonville Classic. They’ll look to get revenge on UCF in the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise, Florida. Florida State will also travel to Rock Hill, SC to face South Carolina in the No Room for Racism Classic.
The Seminoles will head to Gainesville looking for their eighth straight victory over the Gators. Florida State’s seven-game winning streak ties the longest by both teams in the series, which began in 1951.
In a release from Florida State Athletics, Leonard Hamilton said:
“The quality of the teams on our non-conference schedule will give us a great indication of where we are as a team in the first 11 games of the season. With six new players who are going to play major minutes, the difficulty of our early season schedule will give them a good idea of what it takes to prepare to play all of the teams on our schedule. “With road games at Florida and Purdue and neutral site games against South Carolina and UCF we are going to have our hands full before we even think about playing our ACC schedule. Purdue is expected to be picked to win the Big Ten, Missouri is an SEC team who will have their best squad under Coach (Cuonzo) Martin and UCF is a team we lost to at home last season. This is a very challenging schedule – one that will force us to be at our best beginning with our opener against Penn.”