FSU to Host FGCU in NIT Tournament

Florida State will play host to Florida Gulf Coast in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday, March 18, at 7:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.  The Seminoles are one of four No. 1 seeds in the 32-team tournament and will face one of the four No. 8 seeds in the Eagles.  The Eagles won the regular season championship of the Atlantic Sun Conference before losing in the finals of their conference tournament to Mercer.

The winner of Tuesday’s game between Florida State and High Point will meet the winner of the Georgetown vs. West Virginia game on date and time to be determined.

                “This is a great opportunity for our team to continue playing and to gain experience in a postseason tournament,” said Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton.  “The NIT field includes many outstanding teams that have enjoyed outstanding seasons.  We are excited to continue playing and we are excited to face Florida Gulf Coast.  The field in the NIT continues to improve each season and this is quite possible the best NIT field I can remember.  We really want our fans to continue to be behind our team as they have been all season long; we need the support of our fans against Florida Gulf Coast on Tuesday night.”

Florida State enters the NIT with a 19-13 record and finished in a tie for seventh place in the ACC with a 9-9 record.  The Seminoles were 1-1 in the ACC Tournament with a victory over Maryland.  Florida State is the third winningest program in the ACC since the start of the 2005-06 season and is looking to win 20 games under Hamilton for the eighth time.

The Seminoles have won four of their last six games including a victory over NCAA Tournament participant Pitt (Feb. 23, 71-66).  The Seminoles played 12 games against teams that were selected to play in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

Florida Gulf Coast enters the NIT with a 22-12 overall record and a 14-4 record in Atlantic Sun play.

The Seminoles’ selection to the NIT marks the school-record ninth consecutive postseason appearance for the Seminoles – all under 12th year Head Coach Leonard Hamilton.  The Seminoles have appeared in the NIT in six seasons under Hamilton (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013 and 2014) and made a school record four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 2009-1012.  .


Florida State’s NIT Tournament Appearances

Season    Site                                  Round      Record     Opponent(s)

1984        Raleigh, N.C.                   1              1-0           Florida State 74, NC State 71 (OT)

Greensboro, N.C.            2              0-1           Pittsburgh 66, Florida State 63

1987        Tallahassee, FL               1              1-0           Florida State 107, Rhode Island 92

Nashville, TN                  2              0-1           Vanderbilt 109, Florida State 92

1997        Syracuse, N.Y.                 1              1-0           Florida State 82, Syracuse 67

Tallahassee, FL               2              1-0           Florida State 68, Michigan State 63

Morgantown, W.V.         3              1-0           Florida State 76, West Virginia 71

New York, N.Y.                SF            1-0           Florida State 71, Connecticut 65

New York, N.Y.                F              0-1           Michigan 82, Florida State 73

2004        Wichita, KS                     1              1-0           Florida State 91, Wichita State 84 (2 ot)

Tallahassee, FL               2              0-1           Iowa State 62, Florida State 59

2006        Tallahassee, FL               1              1-0           Florida State 67, Butler 63

Tallahassee, FL               2              0-1           South Carolina 69, Florida State 68 (ot)

2007        Tallahassee, FL               1              1-0           Florida State 77, Toledo 61

Tallahassee, FL               2              2-0           Florida State 87, Michigan 66

Starkville, MS.                 QF           2-1           Mississippi State 86, Florida State 71

2008        Tallahassee, FL               1              0-1           Akron 65, Florida State 60 (OT)

2013        Tallahassee, FL               1              0-1           Louisiana Tech 71, Florida State 66

SOURCE: Florida State Athletics