Feb. 4, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State plays its second consecutive home game as it plays host to Virginia Tech at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. It is the only game of the season between the Seminoles and the Hokies and marks one of 10 ACC teams the Seminoles will play only once during the 2013-14 regular season. The Seminoles face Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, North Carolina, NC State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech only once in conference play this season. Florida State has earned success in Tallahassee against Virginia Tech with a 6-0 record in the Tucker Center against the Hokies since they joined the ACC for the 2004-05 season. The Seminoles’ game against Virginia Tech marks the Hokies seventh appearance in Tallahassee since joining the ACC and only their third appearance in the capital city of the Sunshine State since 2010. Following Wednesday’s game against Virginia Tech, the Seminoles travel to play at Maryland (February 8, 3:00 p.m.) before returning home to play host to Miami (February 10, 9:00 p.m.) in their first of two consecutive Saturday-Monday doubleheaders.
SEMINOLES’ HAMILTON RANKED 11TH IN OVERALL WINS IN ACC HISTORY
Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton, who led the Seminoles to the 2012 ACC Championship, enters Wednesday’s game ranked 11th in ACC history in overall wins at Florida State. He is one of three current coaches (also Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and North Carolina’s Roy Williams) to be ranked in the top 11 for all-time wins as ACC coaches.
SEMINOLES NATIONALLY AMONG TOP DEFENSIVE TEAMS
Florida State, which has held 14 of its 21 opponents under 40 percent shooting from the field, enters Wednesday’s game against Virginia Tech ranked second in the ACC and ranked eighth in the nation with a .379 field goal percentage defense mark. Florida State led the nation in field goal percentage defense in both 2010 and 2011 under Leonard Hamilton.
SEMINOLES’ IMPROVED DEFENSE
Florida State, which has built its ACC championship tradition on defense, has fought itself back into one of the elite defensive units in the nation. The Seminoles have improved their field goal defensive percentage by more than five percentage points, are allowing 4.5 points fewer and blocking more shots and registering more steals than they did last season.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Virginia Tech and run its home winning streak to nine games against Virginia Tech. The Seminoles’ current eight-game winning streak against Virginia Tech began on February 23, 1991 and they have not lost to the Hokies in Tallahassee since February 24, 1990.
NOTING FLORIDA STATE’S DEFENSE
Florida State’s defense is allowing fewer points in ACC play (63.8) than it allowed in its first 12 non-conference games of the season (64.3 ppg). The Seminoles held Clemson to an average of 47 points in two games (17 points below their season average) and enter Wednesday’s game against Virginia Tech ranked sixth in the ACC in scoring defense as they allow 64.1 points scored per game.
FLORIDA STATE GETS BACK ON TRACK FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Led by perfect performances from the free throw line against Clemson by Devon Bookert (four of four) and Aaron Thomas (four of four) the Seminoles shot 80 percent from the free throw line against the Tigers. It marked the fifth time this season the Seminoles shot 80 percent or better from the line. Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Virginia Tech ranked sixth in the ACC with a .703 team mark from the free throw line.
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Virginia Tech ranked third in the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage (.362). The Seminoles are averaging nearly two made 3-pointers more made in ACC play (5.8) than they did in their first 12 games (all non-conference) of the season (4.4). The Seminoles have made only one fewer 3-point shot in their first nine ACC games (52) than they did in their 12 non-ACC games (53) while taking 33 fewer shots from the bonusphere. Florida State is 8-3 this season when it makes five or more 3-point field goals with an ACC record 16 3-point field goals made in the victory over Maryland on January 12 in Tallahassee.