Jan. 24, 2014
DURHAM, N.C. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State, which has defeated two nationally ranked teams this season, travels to play at Duke on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at noon in a game that will be televised nationally by ESPN. The Seminoles’ game at Cameron Indoor Stadium marks their first game inside the historic arena since it earned a 76-73 win over the Blue Devils on February 2, 2012 – on a buzzer-beating game-winning shot by three-time All-ACC selection Michael Snaer. The Seminoles enter Saturday’s game against Duke having won eight of their last 10 games since a 77-53 win over Jacksonville State with both losses during that stretch coming against Virginia. Florida State’s game at Duke is its third in the last four games on the road as the Seminoles begin their ACC schedule with five conference road games in its first eight ACC games of the year. Following Saturday’s game at Duke, the Seminoles will return home to Tallahassee before going to the state of North Carolina for its only meeting of the season against NC State on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 9:00 p.m.
FLORIDA STATE AGAINST RANKED TEAMS THIS SEASON
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Duke with two victories over ranked teams this season. The Seminoles defeated then No. 10/10 VCU (85-67, November 21, First Round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off) and topped current No. 13/12 UMass (60-55, December 21, Orange Bowl Classic).
FLORIDA STATE AGAINST RANKED TEAMS UNDER HAMILTON
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against No. 18/18 Duke with 29 wins over nationally ranked teams during the first 11+ years of the Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee. Included in those wins are six wins over nationally ranked Duke teams including two when the Blue Devils were ranked No. 1 in the country at the time (March 1, 2006, 79-74 and Jan. 12, 2011, 66-61). Florida State has defeated four top five and six top 10 ranked Duke teams under Hamilton with three of the Seminoles’ four all-time victories over the nation’s No. 1 ranked team coming against Duke.
IS THERE ANY HOTTER SHOOTER IN THE COUNTRY THAN Devon Bookert?
Sophomore Devon Bookert enters Saturday’s game against Duke shooting .773 from the 3-point line in the last four games (11 of 15). He made three of four shots from the bonusphere against Maryland (January 12), Miami (January 15) and Virginia (January 21) and was two of three from long range in Florida State’s win over Notre Dame on Tuesday night in Tallahassee. Bookert is the leader in 3-point field goal percentage in ACC games only (12 of 19, .632) and has helped Florida State move into the ACC lead in 3-point field goal shooting percentage in games against ACC competition (42 of 96, .438).
SEMINOLES AMONG NATION’S TOP DEFENSIVE TEAMS
Florida State, which has held 13 of its 18 opponents under 40 percent shooting from the field, enters Saturday’s game against Duke ranked sixth in the nation with a .376 field goal percentage defense mark. Florida State is ranked as one of the nation’s top five teams for total defense as they are ranked among the nation’s top teams for field goal percentage defense (6th), blocked shots (13th) and scoring defense (29th). Florida State led the nation in field goal percentage defense in both 2010 and 2011 under Leonard Hamilton.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Duke and gain its second consecutive win against Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium for the first time in school history. The Seminoles defeated Duke, 76-73, on Michael Snaer’s game-winning shot on Jan. 21, 2012;
…Defeat Duke and win its third game of the season against a ranked opponent. The Seminoles defeated six ranked team – including two wins over nationally ranked Duke teams – on its way to the 2012 ACC Championship. The Seminoles topped the Blue Devils during the regular season in Durham and in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in winning the first ACC Championship in school history in Atlanta, Ga.;
…Defeat Duke and win its 14th game of the season – the Seminoles did not win their 14th game of the 2012-13 season until February 16, 2013 against Boston College.
ANATOMY OF A BUZZER BEATER
Senior guard Ian Miller hit a floater in the lane with four seconds remaining on Tuesday night to give the Seminoles a 76-74 win over Notre Dame. Miller’s shot was the Seminoles’ ninth game-winning buzzer-beater in the last three seasons. Earlier this season, Devon Bookert added to the Seminoles’ legendary play in late game situations as he made a floater with 0.5 seconds remaining on the clock to give the Seminoles a 62-60 victory over Northeastern. Three-time All-ACC selection Michael Snaer – one of the all-time greatest late game shooters – made six buzzer-beaters during his career (two during the 2011-12 season and four as a senior during the 2012-13 season) while Ian Miller made one against Virginia and then Bookert became the latest member of the Seminoles to continue to spin late-game magic.
FLORIDA STATE’S WINS OVER RANKED DUKE TEAMS UNDER HAMILTON
Florida State earned six wins over nationally ranked Duke teams in the first 11 seasons under head coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles’ six wins over ranked Duke teams represent more than one-fifth (.206) of their wins against ranked teams since Hamilton became Florida State’s head coach to begin the 2002-03 season. Not only was Duke the Seminoles’ first ranked victim under Hamilton (February 2, 2003) but the Seminoles have defeated a nationally ranked Duke team more than any other since Hamilton took over in Tallahassee. Florida State has defeated 12 different ranked teams since the start of the 2002-03 season: Duke (six times), North Carolina (four), Florida (three), Georgia Tech (three), Clemson (two), Virginia (two), Wake Forest (two), Baylor, Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech (one each).