The ACC schedule came out today and Florida State fans got their first glimpse of what the 12-13 Seminole Men's team would be up against on the conference front.
It's the first time the Seminoles will play an 18 game conference schedule, something head coach Leonard Hamilton invites given the additions of Syracuse and Pittsburgh starting next year.
“Playing an 18-game conference schedule will help us prepare for next season when Syracuse and Pittsburgh come into the league,” said Hamilton via a press release. “I think it’s great to go to 18 games this season; it gives us a head start on scheduling for next season and beyond. Playing an 18-game schedule this season will allow us to see how we can begin to work on our overall schedule for future seasons.”
Let's take a look at three major games for Florida State, and just a disclaimer, to keep things fresh I avoided doubling up on the UNC games.
1.) UNC at Florida State, Tallahassee, Saturday, January 12, 2013, 2:00 PM
The Seminoles skunked the Tar Heels last season, beating them handily at home and then knocking them off in the finals of the ACC tournament to secure their first conference title. That's not going to sit well with UNC heading into this season and you can bet that the return date to Tallahassee, the site of their most embarrassing 2011-12 defeat, is going to be one of the first dates circled on the UNC schedule. For Florida State, this will be one of the earliest litmus tests on the season. The 'Noles will be tested in the Big 10-ACC challenge and over the holidays in their annual battle with UF. Their first conference test comes in early January against the Tar Heels.
2.) Duke at Florida State, Tallahassee, Saturday, February 2, 2013, 2:00 PM
The Seminoles only regular season matchup with Duke will be in Tallahassee just three weeks after the 'Noles host the Tar Heels. The Seminoles topped Duke twice last season, including in the conference tournament. Once again, the Blue Devils will be amongst college basketball's elite and if Florida State wants to continue to be mentioned in the conversation about the top teams in the ACC the date with the Dukies looms large. Last season, Mike Krzyzewksi raved about Michael Snaer, calling him one of the most big-time players in the ACC. He may have said it half hoping Snaer would turn pro, but if FSU wants to give the Blue Devils a run for their money Snaer will need to live up to Coach K's hype during his senior season.
3.) Miami (FL) at Florida State, Tallahassee, Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 7:00 PM
Last season Leonard Hamilton raved about how much of an impact the fans had down the stretch. Outside of the marquee games with Duke and UNC, no matchup had the same kind of feel as when the rival 'Canes invaded the Tucker Center. This season, as the Seminoles continue to try and build a basketball culture in Tallahassee, the Miami game will serve as a good indication as to Tallahassee's temperature on Seminole basketball come mid-February.
I'll have a little more on the schedule and the men's hoops team later in the week.Follow @PatrikNohe_MH