Jan. 11, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State, which defeated Clemson on Thursday night, returns home to play host to Maryland in its third ACC game of the season on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 8:00. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU. Florida State’s contest against Maryland is its’ second of nine ACC home games and comes in the midst of three road games in a four game stretch which began with the Seminoles’ road win at Clemson. Florida State enters its game against Maryland having won five of its last six games with three of those wins coming at home. The Seminoles are 5-1 at the Donald L. Tucker Center this season. Florida State’s game against Maryland is one of two this season against the Terps (the Seminoles travel to play in College Park on February 8) who are playing their final season as members of the ACC before moving to the Big Ten beginning with the 2014-15 season. Following Sunday’s game against Maryland, the Seminoles will travel to play at Miami (January 15, 9:00 p.m.) and at Virginia (January 18, 12 Noon) before playing host to Notre Dame (January 21, 8:00 p.m.) in the first appearance in Tallahassee by the Fighting Irish.
FLORIDA STATE BY THE NUMBERS IN ITS 56-41 WIN OVER CLEMSON
Florida State’s 56-41 victory over Clemson at Littlejohn Coliseum marked the Seminoles’ second consecutive victory at Clemson and its first double digit win over the Tigers since February 14, 2004 (65-52, +13). The Seminoles’ allowed the Tigers to score 41 points – the fewest points allowed in Florida State history in an ACC game and held the Tigers to 16 first half points – also the fewest points allowed in a half of an ACC game since joining the league for the 1991-92 season. The Seminoles +15 margin of victory ranks tied for sixth in school history for margin of victory in an ACC game on the road.
SEMINOLES HOLD CLEMSON TO 30 PERCENT SHOOTING FROM FIELD
Florida State limited Clemson to a .300 field goal shooting percentage in its 56-41 win over the Tigers. The Seminoles held the Tigers more than 25 points below their season scoring average of 66.6 points per game and nearly 13 percentage points below their season field goal shooting percentage of 42.9 percent. The Seminoles, who rank third in the ACC in field goal percentage shooting, shot .473 for the game – including an even 50 percent in the second half.
SEMINOLES AMONG NATION’S TOP DEFENSIVE TEAMS
Florida State, which limited Clemson to .300 shooting from the field, blocked five shots and earned 10 steals, is ranked seventh nationally in field goal percentage defense (.365) and tied for eighth nationally in blocked shots per game (6.6 bpg). The Seminoles and Green Bay are the only two teams in the nation ranked in the top 10 nationally in the field goal percentage and blocked shots categories.
FLORIDA STATE’S DEFENSIVE RANKINGS UNDER Leonard Hamilton
Florida State, the third winningest team in the ACC in the last nine seasons and the 2012 ACC Champions, have built a tradition of suffocating defense under head coach Leonard Hamilton. In four consecutive seasons in which the Seminoles played in the NCAA Tournament (2009-12), the Seminoles did not rank lower than ninth nationally in field goal percentage defense, not lower than 11th nationally in blocked shots and not lower than 67th in steals.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Maryland and win its program record fourth consecutive game against the Terps. The Seminoles have won six of the last 11 games in their series against the Terrapins after winning just seven of their first 31 games against Maryland upon joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season.
FLORIDA STATE AGAINST MARK TURGEON
Florida State has defeated Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon in five consecutive games at three different schools entering Sunday night’s game against the Terps. The Seminoles topped Turgeon and Wichita State in the 2004 NIT, beat Turgeon and Texas A&M in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament and have defeated Turgeon and Maryland in the first three games between the two teams at Turgeon’s current school.
FLORIDA STATE’S FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Maryland ranked fifth in the nation and second in the ACC in field goal percentage defense (head coach Leonard Hamilton’s favorite statistic). The Seminoles have held eight consecutive opponents under .390 shooting from the field and 11 of their first 14 opponents of the season under 40 percent from the field. Only Northeastern (.469 in a Florida State win), Michigan (.431 in a Wolverine win) and Jacksonville (.411 in a Florida State win) have shot better than 40 percent from the field against Florida State (and none since Northeastern on Nov. 24) this season. The Seminoles have held 13 of its 14 opponents under their season average field goal percentage entering Sunday’s game against Maryland with the lone exception being Northeastern in the Seminoles’ 62-60 win over the Huskies in the third place game of the 2013 Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
FLORIDA STATE BLOCK PARTY
Florida state enters Sunday’s game against Maryland as the ACC leaders in blocked shots (6.6 bpg) and have earned at least five blocked shots in 11 of its first 14 games of the season.