December 17, 2017
Basketball Plays Host To Charleston Southern Monday At 7:00 P.M.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Florida State, which won its first nine games and was one of the last five undefeated teams in college basketball this season, plays host to Charleston Southern at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.  The game will be televised on ESPNU.  The Seminoles enter Monday’s game with a 25-game home court winning streak – the third longest in college basketball.  Florida State has won each of hits games inside the Donald L. Tucker Center since Feb. 27, 2016.  Against Charleston Southern, the Seminoles are playing their first home game since defeating Loyola of Maryland, 96-71, on Dec. 6.  The Seminoles enter Monday’s game having won 24 consecutive non-conference home games – a streak that began Dec. 6, 2014 with a 96-73 victory over UCF – it’s the 11th longest none-conference home winning streak in the nation.  Following Monday’s game against Charleston, the Seminoles play host to Southern Miss on Dec. 31 at 2:00p.m. (please note the early start time) before taking a break for the holidays.  The Seminoles begin ACC play on Dec. 30 at Duke in a game nationally televised on CBS Sports.

FLORIDA STATE VS. CHARLESTON SOUTHERN – A SERIES HISTORY

Florida State will play host to Charleston Southern on December 18, 2017 at the Donald L. Tucker Center.  The Seminoles’ game against the Buccaneers will mark the sixth consecutive season and seventh time since the 2011-12 season that the two teams have played each other.  Florida State and Charleston Southern had met six times since the 2008-09 season under Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton with each game coming in Tallahassee and with each game resulting in a Seminole victory.  The Seminoles lead the all-time series against Charleston Southern by a 10-0 margin.  The series began during the 1975-76 season with each of the first nine games of the series (including this season) coming in Tallahassee.  The Buccaneers are coached by Barclay Radebaugh who is in his 13th season as the head basketball coach at Charleston Southern.  Radebaugh, as is Leonard Hamilton at Florida State, is the winningest coach in Charleston Southern history with 185 victories.  He was an assistant coach at Miami in 2004-05 and helped guide the Hurricanes to a 16-13 record in their first season in the ACC.  Thomas Butters, who is in his first season as an assistant coach at Charleston Southern, was a manager and graduate assistant at Clemson for five seasons (2008-12). During that time, the Seminoles were 5-5 against the Tigers.

FSU PLAYS HOST TO CHARLESTON SOUTHERN WITH A 25-GAME HOME WINNING STREAK

Florida State enters Monday’s game against Charleston Southern with a 25-game home winning streak – a streak that ranks as the third longest home court winning-streak in the nation.  The Seminoles are 4-0 at home this season (with wins over George Washington, Kennesaw State, the Citadel and Loyola), were undefeated at home during the 2016-17 season (18-0) with wins over four ranked teams (No. 7 Duke, No. 12 Louisville, No. 15 Notre Dame and No. 21 Virginia Tech) and won their final three home games (against Notre Dame, Syracuse and Davidson in the NIT) to close the 2015-16 season.  Florida State’s current home winning streak began with a 77-56 win over Notre Dame on Feb. 27, 2016.  The Seminoles began the season with the fifth longest home court winning streak in the nation.  Florida State moved up to fourth with its first three wins of the season and into third when Oregon lost at home to Boise State at home on Dec. 1.  The Ducks entered the season with a 46-game home court winning streak.  Cincinnati currently holds the nation’s longest home winning streak.  The Bearcats are home next against Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Tuesday (Dec. 19 at 7:00 p.m.) while SMU plays host to Boise State on Monday night (Dec. 18, 8:00 p.m. CST).

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…

…Defeat Charleston Southern and win its 26th consecutive game at the Donald L. Tucker Center.  The Seminoles’ current 25-game home court winning streak is the third longest streak in the nation and longest in school history;

…Defeat Charleston Southern and win its 11th straight game against Charleston Southern.  The Seminoles have won 19 straight against Jacksonville (current), 18 in a row against Stetson (current), 14 straight against Valdosta State (current) and 11 consecutive against UCF (current) – their longest unbeaten streaks against any opponents in school history;

…Defeat Charleston Southern and win its 25th consecutive non-conference home game at the Donald L. Tucker Center.  The Seminoles’ 25-game streak is the second longest in the ACC behind Duke’s 138-game streak.

SEMINOLES OFF TO BEST START SINCE … LAST YEAR

At 9-1, Florida State is off to its best 10-game start the beginning of the 2016-17 season (last year) when the Seminoles also won nine of their first 10 games.  The Seminoles improved to 11-1 in 2008-09 before suffering their second loss of the season.

SEMINOLES OFF TO BEST START SINCE … LAST YEAR

At 9-1, Florida State is off to its best 10-game start the beginning of the 2016-17 season (last year) when the Seminoles also won nine of their first 10 games.  The Seminoles improved to 11-1 in 2008-09 before suffering their second loss of the season.

FLORIDA STATE’S WINNING STREAK TO OPEN THE 2017-18 SEASON

Florida State won its first nine games of the 2017-18 season and came within one win of tying the school record for best start to a season.  The Seminoles began the 2003-04 season under head coach Leonard Hamilton by winning its first 10 games and racing out to a 10-0 record.  The Seminoles’ nine-game winning streak was their second winning streak of at least nine games in the last two seasons; Florida State won 12 consecutive games last season from Nov. 25, 2016 against Illinois (72-61) through its win over No. 7 Duke (88-72) on Jan. 7, 2017.

SEMINOLES STEALING

Led by a career-high tying three steals by Phil Cofer, the Seminoles earned 10 steals in their game against Oklahoma State on Saturday in the Orange Bowl Classic.  It marked the fourth time this season the Seminoles have earned 10 or more steals in a game with its season-high 12 steals coming in victories against Fordham (Nov. 17) and at Rutgers (Nov. 28).  Florida State enters Monday’s game against Charleston Southern ranked second in the ACC in steals with 89 and an 8.9 steals per game average.

SEMINOLES AMONG ACC LEADERS IN FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE

Florida State enters Monday’s game against Charleston Southern ranked second in the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage defense and third in the ACC in overall field goal percentage defense.  The Seminoles are one of only two teams in the ACC ranked in the top three of both defensive shooting categories and are joined in that top three by only Miami.  Florida State is limiting its opponents to a .376 mark from the field and a .290 mark from the bonusphere.  The Seminoles’ .376 field goal percentage defense mark is its best leading the nation in 2010 (.377) and 2011 (.363) and its’ 3-point defensive mark currently ranks as the best in school history.

FLORIDA STATE’S WINNING STREAK TO OPEN THE 2017-18 SEASON

Florida State won its first nine games of the 2017-18 season and came within one win of tying the school record for best start to a season.  The Seminoles began the 2003-04 season under head coach Leonard Hamilton by winning its first 10 games and racing out to a 10-0 record.  The Seminoles’ nine-game winning streak was their second winning streak of at least nine games in the last two seasons; Florida State won 12 consecutive games last season from Nov. 25, 2016 against Illinois (72-61) through its win over No. 7 Duke (88-72) on Jan. 7, 2017.

SEMINOLES’ STEALING

Led by a career-high tying three steals by Phil Cofer, the Seminoles earned 10 steals in their game against Oklahoma State on Saturday in the Orange Bowl Classic.  It marked the fourth time this season the Seminoles have earned 10 or more steals in a game with its season-high 12 steals coming in victories against Fordham (Nov. 17) and at Rutgers (Nov. 28).  Florida State enters Monday’s game against Charleston Southern ranked second in the ACC in steals with 89 and an 8.9 steals per game average.

SEMINOLES AMONG ACC LEADERS IN FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE

Florida State enters Monday’s game against Charleston Southern ranked second in the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage defense and third in the ACC in overall field goal percentage defense.  The Seminoles are one of only two teams in the ACC ranked in the top three of both defensive shooting categories and are joined in that top three by only Miami.  Florida State is limiting its opponents to a .376 mark from the field and a .290 mark from the bonusphere.  The Seminoles’ .376 field goal percentage defense mark is its best leading the nation in 2010 (.377) and 2011 (.363) and its’ 3-point defensive mark currently ranks as the best in school history.

 

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