Dec. 4, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State, which has won nine of its last 11 non-conference home games since the beginning of the 2010-11 season, returns to the Donald L. Tucker Center to play host to Charleston Southern on Monday, December 5, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. following four games away from home. The Seminoles played in two different countries and traveled nearly 1,400 miles as they played three games in the Battle4Atlantis Tournament and at Michigan State. Florida State will now play three consecutive home games beginning with its game against the Buccaneers. The Seminoles’ game against Charleston Southern is their first of five games during the month of December after playing eight games in 19 days during the month of November with four at home, three at a neutral site and one on the home court of their most recent opponent – Michigan State. Following Monday’s game against Charleston Southern the Seminoles will play host to UNC Greensboro on Sunday, December 11 at 1:00 p.m.
FLORIDA STATE VS. CHARLESTON SOUTHERN
Florida State plays host to Charleston Southern in its first of four home games during the month of December. The Seminoles lead the all-time series against the Buccaneers by a 5-0 margin including a 71-48 win in Tallahassee on Dec. 18, 2008. The series between the Seminoles and the Buccaneers dates back to Jan. 14, 1976 when Charleston Southern was known as the Baptist College Buccaneers. Each of the five games in the series between Florida State and Charleston Southern has come in Tallahassee. Florida State defeated Charleston Southern, 139-72, on Feb. 5, 1977 to set the school record for points scored in a game. Charleston Southern is a member of the Big South Conference Florida State is 17-1 against the teams in the Big South and has won 17 consecutive games against the 10 current teams from that conference.
SEMINOLES DEFENSE BACK IN POSITION
Florida State enters Monday’s game in very familiar defensive territory as the top defensive team in the nation and in the ACC. In the first release of the NCAA statistics for the 2011-12 season on Nov. 27, the Seminoles were THE ONLY TEAM IN THE NATION to be ranked in the top 10 in 3-point field goal percentage defense (ninth), field goal percentage defense (10th) and blocked shots (10th). The Seminoles were also ranked in nation’s top 30 in steals per game (26th) and scoring defense (30th). The Seminoles are the only team in the nation to rank in the top 12 of all Division I teams in the last three seasons in field goal percentage defense and blocked shots. Florida State is looking to become only the third team in NCAA history joining Wyoming (1981, 82, 83) and Georgetown (1989, 90 and 91) to lead the nation in field goal percentage defense in three consecutive seasons.
Florida State's National Rankings In The Last Three Seasons Season FG Pct. Defense Blocked Shots 2010-11 1 12 2009-10 1 10 2008-09 10 10
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Charleston Southern and win its seventh consecutive non-conference home game since defeating Hartford on Dec. 5, 2010;
…Defeat Charleston Southern and win its sixth consecutive game against the Buccaneers and raise its record against them to a perfect 6-0;
…Defeat Charleston Southern and win its second consecutive and eighth game in 10 tries to open the month of December under 10th-year 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 75 wins. The Seminoles averaged 23.3 wins per season with records of 25-10 (2008-09) and 22-10 (2009-10) in the last two seasons and 23-11 during the 2010-11 season.
ALL AMERICAN CANDIDATE Michael Snaer IN THE LAST FOUR GAMES
All-American candidate Michael Snaer has scored in double figures in a career-high tying four consecutive games, is averaging 14.8 points scored, 5.5 rebounds and is shooting .882 from the free throw line (15 of 17) and .348 from the 3-point line (eight of 23) in the Seminoles’ last four games. He enters Monday’s game against Charleston Southern averaging a career-high and team leading 13.3 points per game and a career-high 4.9 rebounds per game. Snaer scored his career high of 20 points in the Seminoles’ game against No. 4/4 UConn and totaled the first double double (18 points and 10 rebounds) in the Seminoles’ win over UMass in the first round of the Battle4Atlantis.
FLORIDA STATE DEFENSE – BETTER THAN LAST YEAR?
Florida State has been college basketball’s best defense in both of the last two seasons as thy have led all NCAA Division I school in field goal percentage defense and ranked among the top schools in most of the major defensive categories. Florida State has significantly improved its already nation’s leading field goal percentage defense and its top 15 3-point field goal percentage defense while increasing its per game average for blocks and steals per game.
FLORIDA STATE’S FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE IN ITS LAST FIVE GAMES
Florida State has limited its last five opponents to a combined .329 shooting from the field. Included in that total is three opponents – South Alabama, UMass and Harvard – under 28 percent shooting for the game and a combined .261 (47-180) shooting from the field and a combined .106 (seven of 66) from the bonusphere.
MORE ON FLORIDA STATE’S FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Florida State has held each of its last 15 and 106 of its last 109 (.972 percent) under 50 percent shooting from the field since the end of the 2008-09 season. Only two teams (Maryland and North Carolina) shot better than 50 percent from the field during the 2010-11 season and only one team (Gonzaga) reached 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.
THE FLORIDA STATE STEALS STORY
Florida State enters Monday’s game against Charleston Southern rank first in the ACC and 26th nationally with a 9.0 steals per game average. With three players having already earned double figures in steals (Deividas Dulkys, 19; Luke Lucks, 13; Xavier Gibson, 11) the Seminoles are averaging more steals per game this season (9.0) than they did finishing in second place in the ACC a season ago (8.5). Florida State has ranked second in steals in both of the last two seasons and has been third or better in three of the last four seasons as the 2011-12 season continues to heat up.