Nov. 28, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State, which defeated then No. 10/10 VCU in the first round of the 2013 Puerto Rico Tip-Off, travels to play at Florida at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla., on Friday, November 29, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. The Seminoles game against the No. 13/15 Gators gives the Seminoles a chance to win their second game against a ranked team in the month of November for the first time in school history. The Seminoles’ game against the No. 13/15 Gators marks Florida State’s third game against a nationally ranked team during the month of November. The Seminoles have a 1-1 record against the two nationally ranked teams they have played already this season – an 85-67 Florida State win over No. 10/10 VCU and an 82-80 overtime loss to No. 13/14 Michigan – and will play at least five more games against teams (Florida, UMass, North Carolina, Duke and Syracuse are currently in the top 25 of the Associated Poll) who are nationally ranked. Following Friday’s game against Florida, the Seminoles will travel to play at Minnesota (Dec. 3, 9:30 p.m.) in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge.
FLORIDA STATE VS. FLORIDA – A SERIES HISTORY
The Seminoles travel to play at Florida on Friday night marking the 65th meeting between the two in-state rivals. The series dates to 1951 and is the Seminoles’ third longest series against a team from the state of Florida. The Florida State/Florida series ranks behind the Seminoles’ 68 meetings against Miami and its 65 meetings against Jacksonville. Florida State trails the series but won three consecutive games from 2006-2008 including a 70-66 upset of the reigning national champion Gators at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Dec. 3, 2006.
WHITE ONLY TWO POINTS FROM 1,000 FOR HIS CAREER
Senior Okaro White enters Friday’s game against Florida with 998 points and needs only two more become the 43rd player in school history to score at least 1,000 career points. White has scored 998 in 109 career games for an average of 9.2 points per game for his career.
MILLER NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM AT PUERTO RICO TIP-OFF
Florida State’s Ian Miller, who averaged 15.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.7 steals in leading the Seminoles to a 2-1 record and a third place finish at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, was named to the PRTO All-Tournament team. It marked the first time in his collegiate career that he had been named to an All-Tournament team. Miller led Florida State to victories over No. 10 VCU and Northeastern and to a near victory over No. 13 Michigan – a game the Seminoles led by as many as 16 but lost to last year’s national championship runners-up in overtime. In the Seminoles’ three games in Puerto Rico, Miller scored his career high of 22 points in the victory over VCU, totaled 19 points on four made 3-point shots against Michigan and earned a career-high six steals in Florida State’s victory over Northeastern. Miller was a perfect 11 of 11 from the free throw line and has made 26 consecutive free throws in Florida State’s last five games.
SEMINOLES THOMAS LEADS ACC, RANKED SIXTH NATIONALLY IN STEALS
Florida State’s Aaron Thomas is ranked first in the ACC and sixth nationally in steals with 20 and a 3.3 steals per game average. His 20 steals has him tied for second nationally (behind QJ Peterson of VMI (21) and tied with Briante Weber of VCU (20) in total steals and behind the national leader – Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State who averages 4.3 steals per game. Thomas enters Friday’s game against Florida with nearly as many steals in six games this season (20) as he had in 34 games as a freshman (22).
SEMINOLES PLAYING TRADEMARK DEFENSE TO BEGIN 2013-14 SEASON
Florida State enters Friday’s game against Florida with a .386 field goal percentage defense mark – its best since leading the nation in the field goal percentage defense category in both 2010 (.377) and 2011 (.363). The Seminoles are also averaging 5.7 blocked shots per game and 9.7 steals per game as they look to lead the ACC in blocked shots for the school record fifth consecutive year.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat No. 13/15 Florida and gain its second win of the season over a nationally ranked team. The Seminoles defeated No. 10/10 VCU, 85-67, in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Nov. 21;
…Defeat No. 13.15 Florida and gain a win over a nationally ranked Florida Gators team for the first time since December 7, 2008 when the Seminoles topped the No. 23 Gators, 57-55 in Tallahassee.
FLORIDA STATE HAS FIVE IN DOUBLE FIGURE SCORING
Florida State is the only team in the ACC with five players averaging in double figure scoring – Ian Miller (15.5), Okaro White (14.3), Devon Bookert (13.0, Montay Brandon (11.3) and Aaron Thomas (10.5) – with Miller and Thomas ranking as the only duo on the same team in the ACC who are both averaging in double figures without having started a game. Miller leads the ACC in scoring among players who have not started a game this season and is joined by only seven other league players (Brice Jordan, North Carolina, 14.6; Ben Emelogu, Virginia Tech, 14.3; Anthony Barber, NC State, 13.5; Jerami Grant, Notre Dame, 11.8; Caron Williams, Wake Forest, 11.2; Thomas, Florida State, 10.5 and Charles Mitchell, Maryland, 10.2) who are averaging in double figure scoring as non-starters through the first three weeks of the 2013-14 season. The last time Florida State have five double figure scorers for an entire season was during the 2007-08 season when Toney Douglas (15.4 ppg), Jason Rich (14.5 ppg), Isaiah Swann (11.8 ppg), Ralph Mims (11.6 ppg) and Uche Echefu (10.0 ppg) all averaged 10 or more points per game.
FLORIDA STATE GETTING ON THE SCOREBOARD
Florida State enters Friday’s game against Florida averaging 81.2 points scored per game and has scored at least 80 points in five of its first six games including 85 against No. 10/10 VCU and 80 against No. 13/14 Michigan. It marked the first time since the first five games of the 1988-89 season that Florida State scored at least 80 points in their first five games of a season.
FLORIDA STATE’S DEFENSIVE FIELD GOAL MARK
Florida State is holding its first six opponents to a .386 shooting mark from the field and to an average of 67.5 points per game. The Seminoles have held one opponent (VCU to a .293 shooting mark)below 30 percent shooting from the field and three opponents (VCU, UT Martin, .353 and UCF, .397) to below 40 percent shooting from the field. Florida State led the NCAA in field goal percentage defense and appeared in consecutive NCAA Tournaments in 2010 and 2011. The Seminoles have allowed more than 67 points only once (82 to No. 13/14 in overtime), have earned 11 or more steals in four of their six games and have blocked at least four shots in five of their six games in running out to a 5-1 record. Florida State is ranked second in the ACC in steals, third in blocked shots and fifth in field goal percentage defense.