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Florida State basketball becomes hottest ticket in town ahead of Duke

By: Ryan Kelly | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
January 10, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — To some, Florida State’s win over Miami probably felt old hat. After all, despite the last-second scare, it was the Seminoles’ third-straight win over the Hurricanes at the Tucker Center and the 39th victory in the ‘Noles’ last 41 home contests.

The student section, once again, was full and loud and the visiting coach, once again, was left impressed.

“I think this is, again, one of Leonard Hamilton’s best teams,” said ‘Canes coach Jim Larrañaga.

Players and coaches are once again downplaying another tough ACC opponent coming to the Garnet and Gold’s home court. But, when we asked Leonard Hamilton an, albeit familiar, question about Saturday’s sold out house, his answer wasn’t so typical.

“From a coaching standpoint, I have to focus on what I can control, what we control as a staff,” Hamilton said. “We can’t get caught up in anything else other than that. I’m glad that we have a full house, I’m glad that our fans are excited. I hope they’re excited about coming to see FSU.”

It’s a point of mild skepticism that’s most certainly warranted.

The ‘Noles’ home since 1981 has seen plenty of ups and downs over the years, attendance numbers included. But, probably not since the early 90’s when Pat Kennedy’s squad was proving it’s worth against the likes of Christian Laettner and company has it rocked like we’ve seen in recent games.

And, never has it cost so much to be a part of the party. As of Thursday afternoon, the cheapest you’ll pay to get into the Tuck on Saturday is around $120 on the secondary market, and that’s before processing fees.

A spot in the lower bowl? That’ll run you $150, and upwards of $250 to get a seat that isn’t behind the basket.

Those aren’t prices someone pays just to see the visitors. Those are prices fans pay to see their Seminoles, something Terance Mann and the rest of the senior class should be very proud of accomplishing.

“It feels amazing. I think when I leave I’ll be able to look back on it and just be proud of what me and my class did,” he said.

So, while there’s still things that need to be done – the students could be closer to the floor, the gates could open a little earlier – and yes, regardless of the quality of FSU, a game like Saturday’s will always be packed.

But, for a game like this one, with as much of a message as it could send, it only seems fair to give the home team its due. After all, it’s the Seminoles they’re coming to see.

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