FSU set to face Clemson in 1st round

Seminoles and Tigers tip off at noon on Thursday in the opening day of the ACC Tournament.

Florida State will face Clemson in the first round of the 2007 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament on March 8 at 12 Noon at the St. Pete Times Forum as the bracket for the event was announced by the ACC Office Sunday. The Seminoles (19-11, 7-9 ACC) and the Tigers (21-9, 7-9 ACC) finished tied for eighth in the league standings with the Clemson earning the eighth seed after defeating Florida State twice during the regular season.

The Seminoles and Tigers met twice during the regular season with Clemson taking both meetings. Clemson won in Tallahassee on Jan. 4 (68-66) on a last second lay-up by Cliff Hammonds and won in Clemson on Feb. 7 (71-58) as K.C. Rivers scored a game-high 17 points. With consecutive wins over NC State (Feb. 24, 78-52) and Miami (March 3, 98-90 in overtime) the Seminoles are one of only six teams in the ACC who enter the 54th annual league tournament with a win in their last game and only one of four teams (also Maryland, Georgia Tech and Clemson) who entering the event on a winning steak of at least two games.

The winner of Thursday's game between Florida State and Clemson plays top seeded North Carolina at Noon on Friday in the quarterfinal round of the tournament.

Florida State finished the regular season with an overall record of 19-11 and an ACC record of 7-9. It marks the third time in the last four seasons that the Seminoles have won 19 or more games in a single season with 20 wins coming last season and 19 coming during the 2003-04 season when they advanced to the second round of the NIT. The Seminoles have won at least 19 games in three of the first five seasons of the Leonard Hamilton era at Florida State.

The Seminoles have an 84-69 record (.549 winning percentage) under fifth-year Head Coach Leonard Hamilton and average 16.8 victories during the first five years of the Hamilton-era in Tallahassee. Florida State has won at least 19 games in three of the last four seasons and average more than 17 wins per season since winning 19 games and advancing to the second round of the NIT during the 2004 season.

Florida State will play its second game in the St. Pete Times Forum this season when it faces Clemson on Thursday. The Seminoles defeated Providence, 92-62, at the venue on Dec. 29, 2006.

SIDE NOTE:
Renegade Report will be at the St. Pete Times Forum for full coverage of Florida State as they try to make a run in the ACC towards the NCAA Tournament.


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