FSU men to face Tennessee in Emerald Coast Classic

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Florida State will face Chattanooga (Nov. 20) and Chicago State (Nov. 25) at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee and play Tennessee in the semifinals at the Arena at Northwest Florida State College (Nov. 29) in the Sixth Annual Emerald Coast Classic at Niceville, Fla.

The Seminoles will play a championship round game against either Purdue or VCU (Nov. 30).

For the fifth consecutive year, CBS Sports Network will televise both games in the semifinal round (Florida State vs. Tennessee and Purdue vs. VCU) on Friday and the championship game on Saturday. Tickets will go on sale in later this summer at www.emeraldcoastclassic.com.

Florida State’s game against Tennessee will tip-off at 7 p.m. (ET) on Friday with the championship game set for 7 p.m. (ET) on Saturday. The consolation game is set for a 3 p.m. ET start on Saturday. The Seminoles’ game times for their home schedule will be set at a later date.

Florida State face Chattanooga and Chicago State in the first two rounds of the Emerald Classic. The Mocs and the Cougars are part of the Seminoles’ six-game non-conference schedule in Tallahassee. Season tickets are on sale and can be purchased at Seminoles.com or by calling the Seminole Athletics Ticket Office at (850) 644-1830.

Florida State returns an experienced group of players for the 2019-20 season and will be led by returning guards Trent Forrest (9.3 ppg. and 3.7 apg.) and M.J. Walker (7.5 ppg., 44 3-point shots made). The Seminoles also return forward RaiQuan Gray (who started three games in the 2019 NCAA Tournament), guard Devin Vassell (who scored 14 points against No. 16 Virginia Tech in the semifinals of the 2019 ACC Tournament) and guard Anthony Polite (who averaged 11.5 minutes played last season as a redshirt freshman).

The Seminoles will also welcome one of the nation’s top recruiting classes to Tallahassee this fall. The group is headlined by Patrick Williams, considered by most to be one of the top-20 recruits entering college basketball along with junior-college standouts Nathanael Jack and RayQuan Evans.

Niceville is located in the Crestview–Fort Walton Beach–Destin area, which is heavily populated with more than 60,000 Seminole alumni.

First- and Second-Round Games
Nov. 16, Chicago State at Purdue
Nov. 17, Jacksonville State at VCU
Nov. 20, Chattanooga at Florida State; Alabama State at Tennessee
Nov. 23, Jacksonville State at Purdue; Alabama State at VCU 
Nov. 25, Chicago State at Florida State; 
Chattanooga at Tennessee

Third Round – Niceville, Fla. on Nov. 29
Jacksonville State vs. Chicago State, 11 a.m.
Alabama State vs. Chattanooga, 1:30 p.m.
Florida State vs. Tennessee, 6 p.m.
VCU vs. Purdue, 8:30 p.m.

Final Round – Niceville, Fla. on Nov. 30
Loser of JSU/Chicago State vs. Loser of ASU/Chattanooga, 10 a.m.
Winner of JSU/Chicago State vs. Winner of ASU/Chattanooga, 12:30 p.m.
Loser of FSU/Tennessee vs. Loser of VCU/Purdue, 3 p.m.;
Winner of FSU/Tennessee vs. Winner of VCU/Purdue, 6 p.m.

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