While Florida State managed to win 22 games last season, Leonard Hamilton’s squad did not achieve its goal of returning the NCAA tournament. Instead the Seminoles were a part of the Postseason NIT field, where they won three games before falling to eventual champion Minnesota in the semifinals.
With guards Aaron Thomas, Devon Bookert and Montay Brandon returning the Seminoles will look to account for the loss of guard Ian Miller and forward Okaro White, and on Thursday the program released its non-conference schedule. Florida State will play three home games against teams that reached the NCAA tournament last season: Florida, Nebraska and Manhattan with the game against the Cornhuskers being part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
In total the Seminoles will play games against NCAA tournament participants Providence and UMass as part of the Naismith Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic in Uncasville, Conn. on November 22 and 23.
“Our non-conference schedule will challenge us, there is no doubt about that,” Hamilton said in the release. “We have always worked to assemble a schedule that will prepare us for our ACC schedule and we have done that again this season.
“We will play teams from ten different conferences so we will see a variety of styles of play which will certainly prepare us for the ACC which is the best conference in college basketball history.”
In addition to their perimeter returnees, Florida State will also add shooting guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes to the mix. Rathan-Mayes was forced to sit out last season after the NCAA did not clear him academically, and he’s expected to factor into the Florida State perimeter rotation immediately.