No. 15 Florida State travels to face Tulane on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET at the Avron B. Fogelman Arena at The Devilin Fieldhouse in New Orleans, La. It marks the season-opener for the Green Wave (0-0, 0-0 AAC), while the Seminoles (1-0, 0-0 ACC) play their first road game of the season. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3, which can be streamed here. Tim Grubbs and Victor Howell will handle the video broadcast. It can also be heard on the Seminole IMG Radio Network, with Eric Luallen on the call. The audio stream can be found here.
Recent history: The Seminoles’ game against the Green Wave is their second against each other in the last two seasons after Florida State took a 72-53 win at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., on December 10, 2017. The game between the two former Metro Conference rivals is the Seminoles’ only true non-conference road game of the season and first game in the state of Louisiana since falling to LSU in the Sugar Bowl Classic by a 67-50 margin on Dec. 30, 2004.
Head Coach for Tulane has recent FSU tie: Tulane is coached by Mike Dunleavy, Sr. Dunleavy, a 17-year veteran coach of the NBA, is in his third season at Tulane. As the general manager of the Los Angeles Clippers, he drafted former Seminole All-American Al Thornton with the 14th pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.
Series History: The Seminoles and the Green Wave will meet for the 37th time and second time in the last two seasons after Florida State took a 72-53 win on Dec. 10, 2017 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. The Seminoles (1976-91) and the Green Wave (1975-85) were co-members of the Metro Conference from 1976- 1985. Tulane left the Metro in 1985 when it dropped its men’s basketball program, but rejoined the league when it reinstated the sport in 1989. The Seminoles left the Metro in 1991 when it joined the ACC. The Seminoles lead the all-time series by a 24-12 margin and have won seven of the last nine games played between the two teams.
Last time FSU won at Fogelman: The last time the Seminoles won at Fogelman Arena (69-67, Feb. 20, 1990), both Michael Polite (11 points and 13 rebounds in 36 minutes) and Lorenzo Hands (zero points in three minutes of playing time) played for Florida State in the victory. As the Seminoles get set to play on Nov 11, 2018, the sons of both Polite (Anthony) and Hands (Ty) are on Florida State’s current roster. Anthony Polite scored five points and pulled down one rebound in Florida State’s 81-60 win over Florida on Tuesday night. Ty Hands is currently sidelined while recovering from a knee injury.
Starters for FSU
C #21 Christ Koumadje (9.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg; First career game against Tulane)
G #3 Trent Forrest (13.0 ppg, 5.0 apg; 12 pts, 6 rebs and 4 steals against Tulane, Dec. 10, 2017)
G #5 PJ Savoy (20.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg; 6 pts and 2 rebs against Tulane, Dec. 10, 2017)
G #14 Terance Mann (9.0 ppg, 9.0 fpg; 12 pts and 4 rebs against Tulane, Dec. 10, 2017)
G #23 M.J. Walker (10.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 6 pts and 4 rebs against Tulane, Dec. 10, 2017)
Top Reserves for FSU
F #25 Mfiondu Kabengele (5.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg; 9 pts and 4 rebs against Tulane, Dec. 10, 2017)
G #31 Wyatt Wilkes (2.0 ppg, 30 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs against Tulane, Dec. 10, 2017)
F #1 RaiQuan Gray (2.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg; First career game against Tulane)
G #10 David Nichols (3.0 ppg, 2.0 spg; First career game against Tulane)
G #24 Devin Vassell (3.0 ppg, 1.0 spg; First career game against Tulane)
Possible Starting Lineup for Tulane
F #21 Samir Sehic (10.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg;
F #23 Blake Paul (3.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg; 12 pts and 8 rebs vs. Florida State, Dec. 10, 2017)
G #0 Jordan Cornish (9.9 ppg, 3.3 apg; 2 pts and 1 ast vs. Florida State, Dec. 10, 2017)
G #3 Ray Ona Embo (10.1 ppg, 3.3 apg; 8 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, Dec. 10, 2017)
G #10 Caleb Daniels (6.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg; 0 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, Dec. 10, 2017)
Officials: Tonight’s referee is Don Dailey and the umpires are Joe Lindsay and Chuck Jones.
Next up: Following Sunday’s game against Tulane, the Seminoles play host to Canisius as part of the AdvoCare Invitational on Monday, Nov 19, at 7:00 before traveling to Orlando for their remaining three games in the tournament. The event is played at the HP Field House at Walt Disney World.