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FSU hoops to host UF, Purdue as part of busy non-conference slate

FSU returns its top two scorers in Caleb Mills (above) and Matthew Cleveland.
FSU returns its top two scorers in Caleb Mills (above) and Matthew Cleveland. (Mike Olivella)

Florida State plays host to Stetson on Nov. 7 in its season opener, hosts Florida and later will welcome Purdue in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge as part of the Seminoles’ 2022-23 non-conference schedule that was announced on Friday.

The Seminoles play 11 non-conference games with 10 of them in the Sunshine State. FSU will play six games at the Donald L. Tucker Center, three in the ESPN Events Invitational in Orlando over Thanksgiving weekend, one at UCF and one in Sunrise (St. John’s).

FSU's home schedule includes Stetson (Nov. 7), Troy (Nov. 14), Florida (Nov. 18), Mercer (Nov. 21), Purdue (Nov. 30) and USC Upstate (Dec. 13).

The Seminoles have won 36 of their last 37 non-conference home games since the start of the 2016-17 season (the only loss was to UCF a few years ago). FSU has won 46 of its last 47 non-conference home games since defeating UCF at the Tucker Center on December 6, 2014.

FSU was 5-0 in non-ACC home games in 2021-22 and is 88-8 at home (.917 winning percentage) in the last six seasons.

“We’ve assembled a non-conference schedule that our players, and our fans, are going to enjoy because of the tremendous quality of our opponents,” said Hamilton, who begins his 21st season at Florida State. “Our home schedule includes Florida and Purdue – two teams who are favored to be among the top teams in the SEC and the Big Ten – with both games at home. The ESPN Events Invitational at Disney includes Memphis, Oklahoma, Stanford and Seton Hall – traditionally strong teams who are considered to be among the best teams in their leagues. Then you add in St. John’s from the Big East who has continued to build their program, and we’ve really got our work cut out for us.

“We are excited about our group of players,” said Hamilton. “They all know what’s ahead of them in the first two months of the season; they all know the preparation and mindset it’s going to take for us to be successful before we even begin to think about our ACC schedule.”

FSU will be led by a core group of returning guards in Matthew Cleveland (the reigning ACC Sixth Man of the Year), Caleb Mills (12.7 ppg) and Jalen Warley (2.5 apg). Mills and Cleveland (11.5 ppg) finished one-two in scoring for the Seminoles last season. The Seminoles also welcome back Cam’Ron Fletcher (6.8 ppg) and center Naheem McLeod (4.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg) while bringing in two graduate transfers (Jaylen Gainey from Brown University and Darin Green, Jr. from UCF) and an exciting and highly-ranked group of freshmen.

Season tickets are on sale now. For more information go here or call the Florida State Ticket Office at 1-888-FSU-NOLE. Single-game tickets go on sale in November.