FSU men to play in Emerald Coast Classic

The Florida State basketball schedule is still months away from being finalized but some non-conference games are already taking shape.

FSU will play in the Sixth Annual Emerald Coast Classic presented by Global Sports at The Arena on the campus of Northwest Florida State College in Niceville on Nov. 29-30.

The tournament is split up, so FSU will play a pair of games in Tallahassee before going to Niceville. FSU will play two games against a group of these schools (Chattanooga, Jacksonville State, Alabama State or Chicago State) on dates and times to be decided.

Then FSU will head over to Niceville for games on Nov. 29-30. FSU will play two of these three opponents (Tennessee, Purdue and VCU). It’s a high-quality tournament featuring four teams that played in the NCAA Tournament in March.

“We jumped at the chance to play in the 2019 Emerald Coast Classic,” said FSU  coach Leonard Hamilton. “Not only is it a great field of teams which gives us some phenomenal early season games but the tournament is in a part of our state where we haven’t played before. The opportunity to play great competition and bring our team to more of our fans is a winning combination for our program. We are excited about playing in the Emerald Coast Classic in one of the most beautiful areas in the state of Florida.”

Niceville is about 2.5 hours west of Tallahassee and one hour east of Pensacola. The area is loaded with FSU alumni and attendance is expected to be good at the arena, which seats 2,190.

FSU will open the 2019-20 season at Pittsburgh on Nov. 6 (ESPNU).

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