Dec. 16, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State continues its power-packed pre-conference schedule as it plays host to Charlotte on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles have already played three teams who have been nationally ranked this season (then No. 10 VCU, then No. 13 Michigan and then No. 13 Florida) and are three points from three wins over those three ranked teams. The Seminoles defeated then No. 10 ranked VCU (85-67, Nov. 21) and came within minutes of defeating both Michigan (80-82 in overtime, Nov. 22) and Florida (66-67, Nov. 29). The Seminoles’ games against both VCU and Michigan came at the 2013 Puerto Rico Tip-Off – an event won by Charlotte. The 49ers gained three straight victories over Kansas State, Northeastern and Michigan in the championship game of the event. Following Tuesday’s game against Charlotte, Florida State will play No. 22 UMass in the Orange Bowl Classic at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. (Dec. 21).
FLORIDA STATE VS. CHARLOTTE — A SERIES HISTORY
The Seminoles play host to Charlotte on December 17 marking the sixth meeting between the two schools in the sport of men’s basketball. Florida State holds a 3-2 series lead. This game will mark the second consecutive season the Seminoles and 49ers will play with the last game being played on December 22, 2012, at the Time Warner Cable Arena, the home of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, resulting in a 79-76 Seminoles win. The Seminoles have won the last three games against the 49ers. Florida State last hosted Charlotte on December 19, 1977 – a game that resulted in a 63-59 victory for Florida State. Florida State is 19-3 against teams from North Carolina who are not in the ACC.
BOJANOVSKY HAS MADE 16 STRAIGHT FIELD GOALS ENTERING TUESDAY’S GAME
Sophomore Boris Bojanovsky has made 16 consecutive field goal attempts and enters Tuesday’s game against Charlotte shooting a career-high .774 from the field through the Seminoles’ first nine games of the season. He was a perfect six of six from the field against Florida (Nov. 29), was a perfect five of five against Minnesota (Dec. 3) and was a perfect five of five in the Seminoles’ victory over Jacksonville State on December 8 in Tallahassee. The minimum shots made per game is 5.0 to be included in the NCAA and ACC Statistics – Bojanovsky averages 2.7 field goals made per game. The current NCAA leader in field goal shooting percentage in Delon Wright of Utah who is shooting .743 from the field.
Boris Bojanovsky IN HIS LAST THREE GAMES…
…Is shooting a perfect 16 of 16 from the field, has scored 40 points (13.3 ppg), is shooting .889 from the free throw line (eight of nine), has blocked eight shots (2.7 bpg) and has pulled down eight rebounds (2.7 rpg) while averaging 22.0 minutes played per game. He has scored in double figures in a career-best three straight games (14 against No. 13 Florida, 11 at Minnesota and a career-high 15 against Jacksonville Stat)e.
MILLER AND THOMAS IN DOUBLE FIGURE SCORING – OFF OF THE BENCH
Senior Ian Miller (career-high 14.6 points per game) and sophomore Aaron Thomas (10.2 points per game) are the only duo in the ACC who are BOTH averaging in double figure scoring COMING OFF THE BENCH. Miller highest reserve scorer in the ACC ahead of Ben Emelogu of Virginia Tech who averages 13.9 points scored per game. The Seminoles are tied for fifth in the ACC with three double figure scorers (Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Wake Forest each have four double figure scorers). Miller and Thomas are two of six double figure scorers in the ACC who have yet to start a game this season – they are joined by Emelogu, Brice Johnson of North Carolina (13.6 ppg), Jerami Grant of Syracuse (13.1 ppg) and Donald Johnson of Pittsburgh (10.0 ppg).
WHITE CONTINUES TO MOVE UP CAREER SCORING LIST
Senior Okaro White enters Tuesday’s game against Charlotte ranked 38th in career scoring with 1,040 points at Florida State – he began the season ranked 55th in school history with 912 career points.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Charlotte and win its fourth consecutive game against the 49ers. The Seminoles defeated Charlotte in both 2012 and 1992. The all-time series dates back to the 1976-77 season when the legendary Hugh Durham was Florida State’s head coach;
…Defeat Charlotte and win its sixth consecutive regular non-conference home game;
…Defeat Charlotte and win its third game in the last two seasons against a team from Conference USA. The Seminoles defeated both Charlotte and Tulsa during the 2012-13 season.
SEMINOLES’ GET DEFENSIVE IN LAST THREE OUTINGS
Florida State has limited its last three opponents to an average of 63.7 points and .370 field goal shooting while blocking an average of 7.3 shots and earning 5.0 steals per game as it continues to return to its Junkyard Dog defensive ways as one of the top defensive teams in all of college basketball. The Seminoles have held three consecutive opponents under 40 percent, have allowed only three opponents (Jacksonville on Nov. 8, Michigan on Nov. 22 and Northeastern on Nov. 24) to shoot better than 40 percent and held then No. 10 ranked VCU to a season-low .293 shooting mark from the field in their 85-67 win over the Rams. Florida State led by as many as 30 in their victory over VCU in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
FLORIDA STATE’S FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Charlotte ranked 25th nationally and fifth in the ACC with a .381 field goal percentage defense mark. The Seminoles led the nation and the ACC in the important defensive category (Head Coach Leonard Hamilton’s favorite statistic) during the 2010 (.377) and 2011 (.363) seasons.
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
Led by a season high three 3-point field goals made by senior Okaro White, Florida State made a near-season high seven 3-point shots in its victory over Jacksonville State on Dec. 8. The Seminoles made more shots from the bonusphere against Jacksonville State (seven) than they had in their previous three games (six). Florida State’s seven 3-point shots against Jacksonville State was only one off of tying its season high of eight in its season-opening win over Jacksonville on Nov. 8).