TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Florida State, which has won two consecutive and six of its last nine games since winning at Virginia Tech on Jan. 20, travels to play at NC State on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. The Seminoles’ game against the Wolfpack is the first and only meeting between the two teams in the regular season and is the final team on their ACC schedule they have yet to face this season. Florida State enters Sunday’s game against NC State having won two consecutive games – against No. 11 Clemson (Feb. 14, 81-79 in overtime and Feb. 18, 88-75 over Pitt) – and after one week off from playing an ACC game. The Seminoles’ most recent game came against Pittsburgh last Sunday in Tallahassee. Florida State has won three consecutive games against NC State and are looking for its first four game winning streak in the series since winning five straight during the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons. The Seminoles won the first five games against the Wolfpack when they became members of the ACC for the 1991-92 season. Following Sunday’s game against NC State, the Seminoles will travel to play at Clemson (Wednesday, Feb. 28; 9:00 pm.) in their final road game of the regular season.
SEMINOLES RETURN TO THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against NC State ranked No. 25 in this weeks Associated Press poll. It marks the sixth week this season the Seminoles have been ranked in the AP poll. Florida State was ranked in five consecutive weeks in December and January — Dec. 11, No. 19; Dec. 18, No. 24; Dec. 25, No. 24; Jan. 1, No. 24; and Jan. 8, No. 23). The Seminoles will play their sixth game as a nationally ranked team against NC State and are 2-3 when playing as a ranked team this season.
FLORIDA STATE WITH FOUR WINS OVER NATIONALLY RANKED TEAMS
Florida State has four wins over nationally ranked teams this season – 83-66 over No. 5 Florida (Dec. 4), 81-80 over No. 11 North Carolina (Jan. 3), 103-94 in overtime against No. 24 Miami (Jan. 27) and 81-79 in overtime over No. 11 Clemson (Feb. 14). The Seminoles have defeated 11 nationally ranked teams in the last two seasons.
FLORIDA STATE’S LEONARD HAMILTON IN THE ACC RECORD BOOK
Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton, who won his 500th career game against Clemson (81-79 in overtime) on Feb. 14, enters Sunday’s game against NC State ranked eighth in ACC history with 301 victories in 16 seasons at Florida State and eighth in ACC history with 135 career ACC victories (ACC regular season and Tournament). Hamilton is only 25 victories behind Virginia legend Terry Holland (326 wins) on the all-time ACC career victories list and is only four victories behind Maryland’s Lefty Driesell (139 wins) on the all-time ACC (regular season ACC Tournament) career victories list.
MANN STANDS AS ONE OF FOUR IN THE ACC
Florida State’s Terance Mann enters Sunday’s game at NC State as one of only four players in the ACC who is leading his team in both scoring and rebounding. Mann has scored a career-high 365 points and averages a career-high 14.0 points and has pulled down 151 rebounds and is averaging a career-high 5.8 rebounds per game.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE LAST TWO SEASONS
Florida State is 45-16 (.738 winning percentage) and have defeated 11 nationally ranked teams in the last two seasons. The Seminoles average 22.5 wins in the last two seasons including 26 during the 2016-17 season.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat NC State and win its 20th game of the season. It would mark the third consecutive season the Seminoles would have won at least 20 games. Most recently the Seminoles won 20 games in 2017 (26 wins), 2016 (20 wins, 2014 (24 wins), 2012 (25 wins), 2011 (23 wins), 2010 (22 wins) and 2009 (25 wins);
…Defeat NC State and win its ninth ACC game of the season. It would mark the second consecutive season the Seminoles has won at least nine conference games. The Seminoles were 12-6 in ACC play in 2016-17; …Defeat NC State and win its fourth consecutive game against the Wolfpack. Florida State won five consecutive games against the Wolfpack during the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons – the first two years the Seminoles were in the ACC.
FLORIDA STATE’S RECORD
In winning six of its last nine games, the Seminoles have improved from 2-4 in the ACC (on January 15) to 8-7 in ACC play (on Feb. 18) following its victory over Pittsburgh on Feb. 18 in Tallahassee.
FLORIDA STATE OFFENSIVELY IN ITS LAST TWO GAMES
Florida State is shooting a combined .527 and averaging 84.5 points scored per game in its last two victories over No. 11 Clemson (Feb. 14) and Pitt (Feb. 18). The Seminoles are shooting a combined 60 percent (36 of 60) and averaging 45.5 points in the second halves of both of their wins over the Tigers and the Panthers. In both games, the Seminoles trailed at halftime (41-29 to Clemson and 39-38 to Pitt) and outscored the Tigers (41-29, +12) and the Panthers (50-36, +14) by an average of 13 second half points. Florida State outscored the Tigers by an 11-9 margin in the overtime period to gain its fourth win over a ranked team this season.
FLORIDA STATE HAS LIMITED ITS TURNOVERS IN ITS LAST TWO VICTORIES
Florida State has averaged three second half turnovers and surrendered a total of three points off of turnovers in the second halves of its last two games – both wins over Clemson and Pitt. The Seminoles also limited their turnovers in overtime against Clemson with two Florida State turnovers leading to only one Clemson point as the Seminoles outscored the Tigers by an 11-9 margin in the extra time to win the game. The Seminoles’ defense forced Clemson into 12 second half turnovers which they turned into 19 points in forcing overtime after trailing 18 points with 18:06 remaining in regulation. Florida State forced Pitt in to eight second half turnovers which resulted in 15 points off turnovers after halftime. The Seminoles forced three Clemson turnovers in overtime which resulted in two more points in their victory.
FLORIDA STATE’S DOUBLE FIGURE ACC WINS
Florida State has earned three double figure wins in ACC play (+11 vs. Syracuse, +11 vs. Georgia Tech and +13 vs. Pitt). The Seminoles’ 13-point margin of victory over Pitt on Sunday in Tallahassee marked their 10th double figure scoring margin in a victory in ACC play in the last two seasons. Entering Sunday’s game against NC State, the Seminoles have earned half (10) of their last 20 ACC victories by 10 points or more in the last two seasons.
FLORIDA STATE GETS TO THE LINE AGAINST PITT
Florida State made a season-high 29 free throws in its victory over Pitt on Sunday in Tallahassee – tied for the seventh highest free throw made total in an ACC game in school history. The Seminoles’ 40 free throws attempted against the Panthers is tied for the third highest in ACC play in school history.
SEMINOLES RANKED THIRD IN ACC FOR FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE SHOOTING
Florida State is ranked third in the ACC with a .475 team field goal shooting percentage and are one of only three teams in the ACC shooting 47 percent or better from the field for the season. The Seminoles have shot better than 50 percent from the field in both of its last two games (.553 in its win over Pitt and .525 in its win over Clemson) and have shot 50 percent or better in five ACC games this season. The Seminoles are 5-0 in ACC play when shooting 50 percent of better from the field (victories over Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Miami, Clemson and Pitt).
SEMINOLES RANKED FOURTH IN ACC FOR REBOUNDING MARGIN
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against NC State ranked fourth in the ACC with a +4.1 rebounds per game margin. The Seminoles have outrebounded six of their last seven opponents and has not been outrebounded since Jan. 24 by Georgia Tech. Florida State has outrebounded 12 of its 15 ACC opponents (except for Duke, North Carolina and Georgia Tech) and totaled 50 rebounds in consecutive games against Syracuse (Jan. 13) and at Boston College (Jan. 15).
SEMINOLES SCORING AVERAGE
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against NC State ranked third in the ACC in scoring offense with an 83.0 points per game scoring average. The Seminoles’ 83.0 points per game scoring average is the highest under head coach Leonard Hamilton and the highest since the 1992-93 season when Florida State averaged 86.3 points in advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.