True Test

The undefeated Florida State Seminoles (10-0) face off against undefeated and 18th-ranked Pittsburgh (10-0) tonight at the Petersen Events Center on the campus of Pittsburgh. The Seminoles, who struggled in their 47-42 win over Chicago State on Saturday, face off against their first Top 25 team this season. The Panthers have won 30 consecutive home games, including 24 in a row since moving into their new arena.

"We will find out a lot of what we are made of because we won't have the luxury of not playing at our very, very best again a quality team," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said.

"This is an opportunity that we really need to play against a team of this calibre, our 11th game of the season. (Against) a team that is on a roll that never loses at home and is a top 25 ranked team. It gives us a unique and special opportunity and I have a feeling we will be as prepared as we've been for any game all year."

The Panthers, who set a school record by allowing only 59.2 points per game last season and reached the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive year, have been at it again this year.

They are giving up 54.4 points per game and holding opponents to 35.8 percent shooting from the field.

After playing a relatively soft schedule that was highlighted by eight of their first nine games at home, FSU fans are anxious to see how the Seminoles far against a quality opponent.

"We should never feel that you have to have a special situation for you to be tested," Hamilton said.

"You should test yourself every day in practice and against every opponent you are playing against. We don't have the right, we have not earned the right to not be at our very best every time we go out to play. That's something we have to learn as a team."


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