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FSU Basketball releases 2014-15 Non-Conference Schedule

The Florida State Seminoles basketball program released its non-conference schedule today. ‘Noles fans know that FSU, playing in the powerful ACC, will always face a challenging conference slate– but now the debate can begin about how the Seminoles are scheduling outside ACC play. After all, one of the critiques of last season’s bubble team that barely missed out on the NCAA Tournament was that it didn’t play a tough enough schedule.

This season’s non-confernce schedule includes four games against NCAA tourney teams from last year: Manhattan, UMass, Nebraska, and Florida. It’s also interesting that of the Seminoles’ road games, all those away from Tallahassee are at neutral locations, save one: their Jan. 2 contest against the Mississippi State Bulldogs in Starkville, MS.

Of note as well is the timing of the rivalry game with the Florida Gators. Usually played the Friday night before to the schools meet in football, it’s later this season: a December 30 showdown.

FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton had this to say about the non-conference schedule:

‘Our non-conference schedule will challenge us, there is no doubt about that. We have always worked to assemble a schedule that will prepare us for our ACC schedule and we have done that again this season. We will play teams from 10 different conferences so we will see a variety of styles of play which will certainly prepare us for the ACC which is the best conference in college basketball history.’

Here is Florida State’s non-conference schedule:

Date
Opponent
Location
Oct. 30Exhibition
Nov. 4Exhibition
Nov. 15Manhattan Tallahassee, FL
(Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Classic)
Nov. 18NortheasternTallahassee, FL
(Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Classic)
Nov. 22ProvidenceUncasville, CT
(Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Classic)
Nov. 23UMassUncasville, CT
(Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Classic)
Nov. 25The CitadelTallahassee, FL
Nov. 28Charleston SouthernTallahassee, FL
Dec. 1Nebraska Tallahassee, FL
(ACC/Big Ten Challenge)
Dec. 6UCFTallahassee, FL
Dec. 17North FloridaTallahassee, FL
Dec. 20South Florida Sunrise, FL
(Orange Bowl Classic)
Dec. 22StetsonTallahassee, FL
Dec. 30FloridaTallahassee, FL
Jan. 2at Mississippi StateStarkville, MS

 

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