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FSU Vs. Auburn: 6 PM Wednesday

Jan. 2, 2012

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State, which has won 78 of 88 (.886 winning percentage) non-conference home games in the first 10 years of the Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee, closes outs it pre-conference schedule as it plays host to Auburn on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles’ game against the Tigers is their first game of the 2012 calendar year and their final non-conference regular season home game of the 2011-12 season. Florida State is 7-1 with an average margin of victory of +17.9 points per game in eight games at home this season. The Seminoles have won 16 of their last 18, and 19 of their last 23 homes games since the start of the 2010-11 season. Following Wednesday’s game against Auburn, the Seminoles will travel to play at Clemson (Jan. 7, 4:00 p.m.) and at Virginia Tech (Jan. 10, 7:00 p.m.) in their first two ACC games of the season before returning home to play host to North Carolina and ESPN College Basketball GameDay on Jan. 14 in Tallahassee.

FLORIDA STATE VS. AUBURN

Florida State closes out its non-conference schedule with a home game against Auburn on Jan. 3, 2012 at the Donald L. Tucker Center. It marks the third consecutive season the Seminoles and Tigers will meet with both teams winning on their home court in the last two seasons (Florida State at home on Dec. 17, 2009 and Auburn at home on Jan. 3, 2011). The Seminoles and the Tigers have met 29 times with Auburn holding a 22-7 series advantage. A total of five of the Seminoles’ seven wins in the series have come in Tallahassee including their 76-72 win in 2009. Much of the Seminoles’ series against Auburn was played in the late 50’s and early 60’s with 17 of the 29 games (nearly 60 percent) in the series played before any of the current Seminoles were born.

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 provide the home court for all of college basketball as they provide 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.

ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE Michael Snaer
Junior All-American candidate Michael Snaer, who tied his career high with 20 points in the Seminoles’ game against Princeton on Dec. 30, has scored in double figures in eight of the last nine games and is averaging 13.6 points scored since an 18 points effort against UMass in the first round of the Battle4Atlantis on Nov. 24. Statistically, he is having the best season of his career as is ranked 13th in the ACC in scoring (13.0 ppg), third in free throw shooting percentage (.875) and tied for eighth in 3-point field goals made (22).

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Auburn and win its second game in the last three against the Tigers from the SEC. The Seminoles defeated the Tigers, 76-72, on Dec. 17, 2009 at home in the Tucker Center;
…Defeat Auburn and gain a win over a team from the Southeastern Conference for the fifth time in the last six seasons. The Seminoles defeated Auburn and Alabama during the 2009-10 season and the Seminoles earned wins over Florida during the 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons;
…Defeat Auburn and close out its non-conference schedule with at least nine wins for the seventh consecutive season under 10th year head coach Leonard Hamilton;
…Defeat Auburn and win its final game before the state of its January ACC schedule for the eight time under head coach Leonard Hamilton.

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 FAR AND AWAY THE ACC’S TOP DEFENSIVE TEAM
Florida State is ranked first in three and in the top five in all six of the ACC’s most important defensive statistics – field goal percentage defense (first), blocked shots (first), steals (first), rebounding (second), 3-point field goal percentage defense (third) and scoring defense (fifth).On a scale of 1-12 for each of the ACC team ranked in each of those categories, the Seminoles have an average ranking of 2.2 – ahead of the ACC’s second place team – North Carolina. The Seminoles are the only team to lead the ACC in multiple defense categories (field goal percentage defense, steals and blocked shots)

FLORIDA STATE’S FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Auburn having held each of its 13 opponents this season and 111 of its last 113 opponents below 50 percent shooting from the field since the end of the 2007-08 season. The Seminoles have held 20 consecutive opponents under the 50 percent mark with only two teams (Maryland and North Carolina) reaching the mark during the 2010-11 season and only one team (Gonzaga) reaching the mark during the 2009-10 season. The Seminoles held all 35 of their opponents below 50 percent shooting from the field during the 2008-09 season.

FLORIDA STATE’S NATIONAL DEFENSIVE RANKINGS
Florida State – the nation’s best defense team – is the only team in the top 15 of the national statistics in the field goal percentage defense (fourth, .359), blocked shots (eighth, 6.8 bpg), and 3-point field goal defense (13th, .273) categories.

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