Feb. 28, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State, which has won eight consecutive games against Georgia Tech, plays host to the Yellow Jackets on Sunday, March 2, 2014, as the Seminoles begin March Madness and its push towards earning a spot in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles enter Sunday’s game against the Yellow Jackets with a 16-11 record and in a tie for sixth place in the ACC standings with a 7-8 mark. Florida State has three games remaining in its regular season with two coming at home (against Georgia Tech and No. 4 Syracuse on March 9) and one at Boston College on March 4. The Seminoles are 8-2 in regular season ACC games during the month of March in the last four seasons including victories over both Virginia and NC State to close out their regular season schedule during the 2012-13 season. Following Sunday’s game against Georgia Tech, the Seminoles travel to play at Boston College on Tuesday, March 4 in their final road game of the regular season.
SEMINOLES EARN THIRD TOP-50 VICTORY OVER PITTSBURGH
Florida State earned its third victory over a top 50 RPI team this season when it defeated No. 32 Pitt on Saturday on the road at the Peterson Events Center in Pittsburgh. The Seminoles have also defeated top 50 ranked teams then-No. 10 VCU (November 22) and then-No. 19 ranked UMass (December 21).
ALL ACC CANDIDATE THOMAS CONTINUES TO STACK UP IMPRESSIVE NUMBERS
All-ACC candidate Aaron Thomas, who has scored in double figures in a career-best eight consecutive games, is averaging 15.1 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting .387 from the 3-point line (12 of 31) and .848 from the free throw line (28 of 33) in seven games as a starter this season. He moved into the starting line-up on February 5 against Virginia Tech and has averaged 17.7 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting better than .400 from the bonusphere (.414, 12 of 29) as a full-time starter.
MILLER AND THOMAS — HIGH SCORING ACC BACKCOURT DUO
Florida State’s backcourt duo of Ian Miller (13.8 ppg) and Aaron Thomas (13.6 ppg) is the fourth highest scoring backcourt duo in the ACC and is one of only four duos in the ACC who are averaging more than 27 points per game. Miller and Thomas as Florida State’s top two leading scorers with 714 combined points, are shooting a combined .405 from the 3-point line (79 of 195) and a combined .852 from the free throw line (173 of 203). In addition to their scoring and shooting success, Miller and Thomas rank second and third in assists, fourth and first in steals and fifth and first in minutes played.
MILLER IN HIS LAST FOUR GAMES
Senior Ian Miller is averaging 19.8 points while shooting .500 from the field (25 of 50), .571 from the 3-point line (16 of 28) and .929 from the free throw line (13 of 14) in his last four games since returning from an ankle injury which kept him out of Florida State’s games against Virginia Tech and Maryland.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Georgia Tech and win its ninth consecutive game against the Yellow Jackets. It would mark the Seminoles’ longest winning streak against any conference team since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season;
…Defeat Georgia Tech and win its fourth consecutive home game against the Yellow Jackets. The Seminoles began their current three-game winning streak against the Yellow Jackets on Feb. 5, 2009.
FLORIDA STATE’S FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Florida State held Pitt to a .370 shooting percentage from the field in its 71-66 win at Pittsburgh and enters Sunday’s game against Georgia Tech ranked second in the ACC in the field goal percentage defense category with a .391 mark. The Seminoles have held seven of their 15 ACC opponents below 38 percent shooting from the field including Duke (a season-low .305 mark for the Blue Devils on January 25) and Virginia (.328 – its third lowest mark of the season). The Blue Devils are the current ACC leaders in field goal shooting with a .465 mark while the Cavaliers are ranked seventh in the ACC with a .452 shooting mark from the field. Florida State led the nation and the ACC in field goal percentage defense in both 2010 and 2011. Florida State is 5-2 in ACC play when holding its opponents below 38 percent shooting from the field.
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Led by an 11 of 12 performance form the free throw line by All-ACC candidate Aaron Thomas in its victory over Pitt, Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Georgia Tech ranked fourth in the ACC with a .719 team free throw shooting percentage. Florida State defeated Pitt as it made nine more free throws (27-18), made nearly as many free throws as Pitt attempted (27-28), made its first 12 free throws of the game (a perfect seven of seven in the first half and their first five of the second half), made 22 of its first 23 free throw shots of the game and made each of its last five free throw shots in the final 20 seconds of the game as the Panthers clawed their way back to within three points in the closing seconds of the road win for the Seminoles.
FLORIDA STATE RECENTLY FROM THE LINE IN THE SECOND HALF
Florida State is shooting .822 (88 of 107) from the free throw line in the second halves of its last seven games. All-ACC candidate Aaron Thomas is shooting .926 (25 of 27) from the free throw line in the second halves of those seven games.
FLORIDA STATE AT 80 PERCENT OR BETTER FROM THE LINE THIS SEASON
Florida State has shot 80 percent from the line in eight different games this season including ACC victories over Miami (.824), Virginia Tech (.840) and Pitt (.871). The Seminoles (Ian Miller, third, .880 and Aaron Thomas, fifth, .833) and Duke (Rodney Hood, seventh, .813 and Rasheed Sulaimon, tenth, .796) are the only two teams with multiple players ranked in the top 10 of the ACC’s individual free throw shooting statistics.