Jan. 9, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State, which has a winning record on the road in ACC play in the last three seasons, travels to play Virginia Tech on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va. The Seminoles’ game against the Hokies is Florida State’s second consecutive ACC road contest to begin the season marking the second time in the last three years the Seminoles have begun its league schedule with consecutive conference games away from Tallahassee. The Seminoles’ game against Virginia Tech is their first of two against the Hokies during the regular season – the Seminoles will play host to Virginia Tech on Feb. 16 in Tallahassee. Florida State enters its game against Virginia tech with a 13-12 record in road ACC games in the last four season and is one of only three teams with a winning record on the road in conference play since the start of the 2008-09 season. During those four seasons, Florida State has a 1-1 record in Blacksburg with a win on Feb. 21, 2009 in two appearances at Cassell Coliseum. The Seminoles’ two-game road swing to begin their 2011-12 conference schedule marks one of three times during the season that Florida State will play two consecutive ACC games on away from home. Following Tuesday’s game against Virginia Tech, the Seminoles will play host to North Carolina on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and play a second consecutive home game against Maryland on Jan. 17 at 9:00 p.m.
ESPN’S COLLEGE GAMEDAY COMES TO TALLAHASSEE
Florida State will play host to ESPN’s travelling road show – College Basketball GameDay – on Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to Noon at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles will serve as the home court for all of college basketball as they welcome the game day crew of Jay Bilas, Rece Davis, Hubert Davis, Bobby Knight and Digger Phelps to the Tucker Center prior to their ACC home opener against North Carolina. Doors to the Tucker Center open at 8:30 a.m. with food, prizes and the chance to win tuition for a year. Be a part of the GameDay Crew with early admission to College GameDay via the Golden Ticket and get seats right behind the crew with a Garnet Ticket.
SEMINOLES CONTINUE TO PLAY ACC LEADING AND NATION’S BEST DEFENSE
Florida State – which is ranked first in the ACC in defensive field goal percentage, blocked shots and steals, has continued its defensive dominance over its league and national opponents – is one of the most feared defensive teams in all of college basketball. The Seminoles are looking to become only the third team to lead the nation in field goal percentage defense in three consecutive seasons and only the fourth team to lead the ACC in both blocked shots and steals. Florida State has held 113 of its last 115 opponents under 50 percent shooting from the field.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Virginia Tech and even its ACC record at 1-1. The Seminoles enter Tuesday’s game having won 11 of their last 16 ACC regular season games (.688 winning percentage) after finishing in third place in the ACC standings with an 11-5 record during the 2010-11 season;
…Defeat Virginia Tech and gain its fourth win in its last six games against the Hokies. Florida State won three consecutive games in the season series against Virginia Tech during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons;
…Defeat Virginia Tech and win its second consecutive game played in the state of Virginia. The Seminoles’ last visit to the Commonwealth of Virginia resulted in an 84-66 win in Charlottesville against Virginia;
…Defeat Virginia Tech and raise its record against the Hokies to 7-4 win since the 2004-05 season when the joined they ACC. Florida State (in the ACC) was 2-0 against Virginia Tech (in the Big East) from 2000-03; the two were league opponents in the Metro Conference from 1978 through 1991.
FLORIDA STATE’S WINNING PERCENTAGE IN THE LAST FOUR SEASONS
Florida State is the third winningest program in the ACC in the last four years (since the start of the 2008-09 season) in total games played with 78 wins. The Seminoles averaged 23.3 wins per season with records of 25-10 (2008-09) and 22-10 (2009-10) and 23-11 (2010-11) in the last three seasons.
SEMINOLES AMONG ACC’S TOP ROAD WARRIORS
Florida State finished with a 4-4 record on the road in ACC play during the 2010-11 season with wins at NC State, Miami, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech. It marked the third consecutive season that Florida State has finished the ACC portion of its schedule with a record of .500 or better. The Seminoles have proven to be one of the ACC’s top road teams for the majority of the first 10 seasons of the Leonard Hamilton era. Florida State is the third winningest road team in the ACC in conference games in the last six seasons with 21 wins and is tied as the third best team in the conference in overall road wins. The Seminoles are one of three teams in the ACC with a winning record on the road in ACC play in the last three seasons with a 13-11 record (.542 winning percentage) on the road in ACC play. In the last three seasons Duke (14-10) and North Carolina (14-10) are only one game better than Florida State (13-11) in regular season ACC road games.
FLORIDA STATE FINDING THE BASKET FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Virginia Tech ranked seventh in the ACC in free throw shooting – with a bullet. The Seminoles are shooting a combined .705 percent from the line in the last three games and are even better in the last two games at .821
SEMINOLES LIMITING OPPONENTS FROM THE BONUSPHERE
Florida State’s game against Virginia Tech on Tuesday night matches two of the top three teams in the ACC in terms of 3-point field goal percentage defense. The Seminoles have been especially proficient defensively from beyond the arc in the last two games as the have allowed a total of seven made 3-point field goals (four by Auburn and three by Clemson) while average those two Tigers to shoot a combined .250 (seven of 28) from the free throw line.
FLORIDA STATE’S STEALS BY THE NUMBERS
Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Virginia Tech ranked first in the ACC in steals with 132 total steals and an 8.8 steals per game average. The Seminoles began the ACC season with nine steals against Clemson – the third consecutive and eighth time this season they have earned at least nine steals in a single game.