Jan. 8, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State, which has won five of its last six games, travels to play at Maryland in its second conference game of the season at the Comcast Center in College Park, Maryland on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. The game for the Seminoles is their second consecutive ACC game, their second consecutive ACC road game and fifth of five consecutive road games – a road swing that began with a win over Charlotte (79-76 in Charlotte, N.C.) on December 22 and concludes with their game against Maryland on Wednesday. Florida State’s game against Maryland brings it to its fifth state in the last five games – North Carolina (win over Charlotte), Florida (win over Tulsa in Sunrise), Alabama (against Auburn) and South Carolina (win over Clemson in its ACC opener). The Seminoles are 3-1 on the road swing and are 5-1 away from Tallahassee this season with four wins at neutral sites and one win in a true road game (at Clemson). Following Wednesday’s game against Maryland, the Seminoles play their first home game since December 17 (a 63-48 win over Louisiana Monroe) when they play host to North Carolina on Saturday, January 12 at 2:00 p.m. The game between the Seminoles and the Tar Heels will be televised nationally on ESPN.
FLORIDA STATE STARTS THE ACC ON THE ROAD
Florida State, which won at Clemson on Saturday (71-66), travels to play at Maryland in its second consecutive ACC game and its second consecutive ACC road game. It marks the fifth time in school history that Florida State will play two consecutive road games to open their conference schedule. The Seminoles opened the 1992-93 ACC season with a 1-1 record, began the 2007-08 season with a 1-1 record, started the 2009-10 season with a 1-1 start and began the 2011-12 season with a 1-1 record. The Seminoles enter Wednesday’s game against Maryland looking to begin their ACC season with a 2-0 record for the first time in school history.
REIGNING ACC CHAMPIONS PLAY SECOND ACC ROAD GAME AT MARYLAND
Florida State clinched its first ACC Championship as it won the 2012 ACC Tournament with victories over Miami (82-71), No. 6 Duke (62-59) and No. 4 North Carolina (85-82) at the Philips Arena in Atlanta. The Seminoles finished the 2011-12 ACC season with a school record tying 12 wins and a 12-4 record for a third place finish in the ACC standings. Included in those 12 wins were wins over the league’s four teams from Tobacco Road (Duke, North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest) in the same season for the first time in school history. The Seminoles’ wins over Duke and North Carolina in the ACC Tournament allowed Florida State to earn a 4-1 record against the Blue Devils and the Tar Heels and a 6-1 record during the season against the four ACC schools from the state of North Carolina.
FLORIDA STATE’S RECENT RECORD IN THE ACC
With its win over Clemson on Saturday, the Seminoles have won 13 of their last 16 regular season ACC games (.813 winning percentage) and 16 of their last 19 games (.842 winning percentage) against ACC competition. The Seminoles won 12 of their final 15 ACC games of the 2011-12 regular season (after dropping their ACC opener at Clemson) and won each of their three games in the 2012 ACC Tournament to win the first ACC Championship in school history.
ALL-AMERICAN SNAER CONTINUES TO TOP SEMINOLES
All-American Michael Snaer, who enters Wednesday’s game against Maryland ranked fifth in the ACC in scoring with a career-high 15.6 points per game scoring average, has scored 94 points in his last five games and averages 18.8 since scoring 19 points in Florida State’s win over Maine on December 9. The pre-season All-America First Team is ranked in the top five in four different ACC statistical categories — 3-point field goals made (third, 2.2 3FGM/game), free throw percentage (fourth, .816), scoring (fifth, 15.6 ppg) and 3-point field goal percentage (fifth, .403). Snaer is joined by Duke’s Mason Plumlee and NC State’s Richard Howell as ACC players to rank in the top five of four different ACC statistical categories. Plumlee is ranked in the top five in rebounding, scoring, field goal percentage and blocked shots. Howell is ranked in the top five in rebounding, field goal percentage, offensive rebounding and defensive rebounding.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO …
…Defeat Maryland and gain its first win at Maryland since Feb. 14, 2001. The Seminoles are looking to break an eight-game non-winning streak in true road games against Maryland;
…Defeat Maryland and give Leonard Hamilton his first win at Maryland as Florida State’s head coach. The Seminoles have lost seven straight games at Maryland under Hamilton. It is the only ACC arena Hamilton has not won in since becoming the Seminoles’ head coach prior to the 2002-03 season;
…Defeat Maryland and begin its ACC schedule with a 2-0 record for the first time in school history. The Seminoles won their ACC opener for the sixth time in school history when they defeated Clemson, 71-66, on Saturday at Clemson.
FLORIDA STATE FROM LONG RANGE RECENTLY
Florida State made 10 3-point field goals in its victory over Clemson on Saturday, marking the third time this season it has made 10 or more 3-point field goals in a single game (also 11 in its win over BYU on November 16 and 10 in its win over Buffalo on November 12). The Seminoles’ 10 made 3-point shots against Clemson marked the fourth time in the last two seasons they had made 10 or more 3-point field goals in a single game. Florida State also made 12 against North Carolina (Jan. 14, 2012) and 11 each against Clemson (March 4, 2012) and in its ACC Championship clinching win over the Tar Heels in the 2012 ACC Tournament (March 11, 2012). Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Maryland ranked third in the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage with a .388 mark after ranking fourth in the ACC last year with a .354 mark from the bonusphere. Florida State’s current mark of .388 from the bonusphere is currently ranked as the third best shooting mark in school history.
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE BONUSPHERE BY THE NUMBERS…
…Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Maryland having made 101 3-point field goals (7.2 made per game). The Seminoles have now made 100 or more shots from the 3-point line in each of the 27 years the NCAA has tracked 3-point shooting;
…Florida State has made nine or more 3-point field goals in five different games this season – 11 against BYU (November 16), 10 each against Buffalo (November 12) and Clemson (January 5) and nine each against Charlotte (December 22) and at Auburn (January 2). The Seminoles are 4-1 this season when they make at least nine 3-point field goals in a game.
FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE GETTING BACK TO HAMILTON STANDARDS
Florida State limited Clemson to a .389 shooting mark on the Tigers’ home court inside Littlejohn Coliseum – the sixth best field goal percentage defense mark of the season. The Seminoles held BYU to a season-best .333 mark in their win over the Cougars in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic (88-70, November 16) and limited Maine to a .339 mark in their win over the Black Bears (91-59, December 9). Florida State has limited five of its last six and seven of its 14 opponents this season below 40 percent shooting from the field.
SEMINOLES HAVE HELD MOST OPPONENTS IN LAST FIVE YEARS UNDER 50 PERCENT SHOOTING
Florida State has held 145 of its last 150 opponents (.967 percent) under 50 percent shooting from the field. Only one team this season (Buffalo in the Seminoles’ 95-68 win on November 9) has shot 50 percent or better from the field (.500, 27-54) and with only one other team (Florida, .491 percent on December 5) shooting better than 49 percent. Only three ACC opponents since the start of the 2008-09 season have shot .500 percent or better from the field against Florida State.
SEMINOLES ON THE BLOCKS
Florida State was credited with five blocked shots in its win over Clemson – a total that marked the sixth consecutive time and 10th time in 14 games that the Seminoles have blocked at least five shots in a game. The Seminoles are ranked sixth in the ACC with 65 blocked shots and a 4.6 blocked shots per game average.
Florida State has been credited with at least seven steals in nine different games and enters Wednesday’s game against Maryland ranked fourth in the ACC with 103 steals and a 7.4 steals per game average. The Seminoles led the ACC with a 7.6 steals per game average during the 2011-12 season.