Iowa draws Florida State in ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Get ready to meet Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Iowa basketball fans.
Rathan-Mayes became the second player in Florida State basketball history to lead the team in scoring as a freshman last season at 14.9 points a game. He passed on the NBA Draft to return to Tallahassee, and the guard will be a featured attraction when the Seminoles visit Iowa for an ACC/Big Ten Challenge game Dec. 2 in Iowa City. Television information will be announced at a later date.
Rathan-Mayes, who became the first player in Atlantic Coast Conference history to score 30 or more points on three occasions, has plenty of returning company from a team that finished 17-16. Coach Leonard Hamilton welcomes back his top six scorers, accounting for 87 percent of the scoring and 89 percent of the rebounding from last season.
Iowa returns four starters from a team that finished 22-12 with a loss to Gonzaga in a third-round NCAA Tournament game.
This will be the second meeting between these teams in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Florida State beat Iowa in 2002, 80-67, in Tallahassee. The teams also met in the 1988 NCAA Tournament at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. Iowa won that opening-round game, 102-98.
"We're excited to have the opportunity to host Florida State, an extremely talented and skilled basketball team, in this year's challenge," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. "Leonard Hamilton has created a winning culture at Florida State and returns nearly its entire roster from last year. This will be another good test for our basketball team and believe it will be an exciting game for our students and fans to experience at Carver-Hawkeye Arena."
Iowa has won its last two ACC/Big Ten Challenge games. The Hawkeyes beat visiting Notre Dame two seasons ago, 98-93, and won at North Carolina last season, 60-55.
The game will also serve as a reunion for a pair of teammates on this year's Oak Hill Academy team. Guard Andrew Fleming signed with Iowa. Forward Dwayne Bacon signed with Florida State.
2015 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Schedule
Clemson at Minnesota
Wake Forest at Rutgers
Maryland at North Carolina
Virginia at Ohio State
Michigan at NC State
Purdue at Pittsburgh
Northwestern at Virginia Tech
Miami (Fla.) at Nebraska
Indiana at Duke
Louisville at Michigan State
Notre Dame at Illinois
Wisconsin at Syracuse
Florida State at Iowa
Penn State at Boston College