March 1, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State, the reigning ACC Champion and third winningest ACC program in the last eight seasons, plays its final road game of the regular season as it travels to play North Carolina at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. The game will be televised by CBS Sports. Florida State comes into its game at North Carolina fresh from its 76-62 win over Wake Forest on Tuesday night in Tallahassee and enters its game against North Carolina with two wins in its last three games against the Tar Heels – including an 85-82 win in the championship game of the 2012 ACC Tournament on March 11, 2012 at Philips Arena in Atlanta. The Seminoles enter Sunday’s game against North Carolina enjoying their most prosperous period of their series against the Tar Heels – a series that dates back to the 1965-66 season. In addition to two Seminole wins in their last three games against the Tar Heels, Florida State has won four of the last seven games since defeating the No. 1 ranked Tar Heels, 75-70, on March 14, 2009 in the semifinals of the 2009 ACC Tournament at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. That win advanced the Seminoles to the ACC Championship for the first time since joining the nation’s most prestigious conference in 1991. Following Sunday’s game against North Carolina, the Seminoles will close out their regular season with home games against Virginia (March 7, 7:00 p.m.) and NC State (March 9, 2:00 p.m.) before heading to Greensboro, N.C. for the 60th Annual ACC Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum.
SNAER IS ONE OF THE ACC’S TOP PLAYERS
All-American Michael Snaer enters Sunday’s game against North Carolina ranked 10th in the ACC in scoring with a career high 14.2 points per scoring average and having scored at least 20 points in three of the last four games. Snaer, who has hit three buzzer-beating, game winning shots this season (at Clemson on January 24, against Maryland on January 30 and at Georgia Tech on February 5), is considered to be the best perimeter defender and the top two-way player in the ACC.
SNAER CONTINUES TO CLOSE IN 1,500 CAREER POINTS
All-American Michael Snaer, who is averaging 18.3 points and who has scored at least 20 points in three of the last four games, enters Sunday’s game against North Carolina having scored 1,458 points in his 128-game career. He needs only 42 points to become only the 10th player in school history to 1,500 or more career points. Snaer begins play on Sunday only 22 points from surpassing Dave Cowens – himself a Seminole All-American and one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players – for 10th place on Florida State’s all-time scoring list.
12 BLOCKED SHOTS AGAINST WAKE FOREST VAULTS SEMINOLES INTO ACC LEAD
Led by junior Kiel Turpin’s career-high tying four blocked shots in the Seminoles’ win over Wake Forest on Tuesday in Tallahassee, the Seminoles are the ACC leaders in total blocked shots with 140 and tied for second in the league with a 5.0 blocked shots per game average. Florida State’s 12 blocked shots against the Demon Deacons ranks as the fourth highest single game blocked shots total in school history in an ACC game – behind only 15 against Virginia Tech on January 10, 2012, 14 against Maryland on January 10, 1995 and 13 earlier this season against Maryland on January 9, 2013.
FLORIDA STATE MOVES UP IN ACC FREE THROW SHOOTING STATISTICS
Buoyed by its 26 of 30 performance (.867 percent) from the free throw line in its victory over Wake Forest, Florida State enters Sunday’s game against North Carolina just percentage points out of the ACC free throw shooting lead with a .725 mark. Duke leads the ACC with a .728 mark. The Seminoles are one of five teams in the ACC that is shooting .700 percent or better from the free throw line for the season. Florida State is looking to lead the ACC in free throw shooting percentage for the third time in the last seven seasons. The Seminoles led the league in free throw percentage in 2007 and 2008.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat North Carolina and win its third game in the last four against the Tar Heels. The Seminoles defeated the No. 3 Tar Heels, 90-57, on January 14, 2012 in Tallahassee and topped the No. 4 ranked Tar Heels, 85-82, on March 11, 2012 in Atlanta in championship game of the 2012 ACC Tournament;
…Defeat North Carolina and win at the Dean E. Smith Center for the second time in the last three meetings in between the two teams in Chapel Hill. The Seminoles won at the Smith Center, 77-67, on February 24, 2009;
…Defeat North Carolina and raise its record against the ACC teams from the state of North Carolina (Duke, North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest) to 7-5. The Seminoles were 5-1 against those four teams last year.
FLORIDA STATE’S FIRST ACC GAME WAS A VICTORY OVER NORTH CAROLINA
Florida State defeated North Carolina, 86-74, in its inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference game at the Dean E. Smith Center on December 15, 1991. Undaunted by a crowd of 19,505, the Seminoles defeated the No. 2 ranked Tar Heels as all five of the Seminoles’ starters scored in double figures. Florida State was led by Sam Cassell with 22 points. The Seminoles outrebounded North Carolina 42-36, getting 20 rebounds from their guards. “I’d have to say this ranks as one of the greatest moments and greatest wins in Florida State’s history … it shows we belong in the league,” said head coach Pat Kennedy.
FLORIDA STATE LOOKING FOR FOURTH ACC ROAD WIN OF THE SEASON
Florida State enters Sunday’s game at North Carolina looking for its fourth ACC road win of the season. The Seminoles are the third winningest road team in the ACC since the start of the 2008-09 season and have won at least four ACC road games in four of the last five seasons heading into their game at North Carolina on Sunday. The Seminoles are one of only two teams in the ACC (also Duke) who has won at least four ACC road games in four of the last five seasons.
NOTING FLORIDA STATE FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against North Carolina ranked second in the ACC in free throw percentage with a .725 mark. The Seminoles are the only team in the league statistics for team free throw shooting with multiple players ranked in the top 10 individual rankings – All-American Michael Snaer and junior Okaro White are tied for fourth with identical free throw shooting statistics – 99 of 124 for a .798 shooting percentage.
SNAER AND WHITE – A STRONG 1-2 PUNCH
All-American Michael Snaer and junior Okaro White are BOTH ranked in the top 25 for scoring (Snaer, 10th, 14.3 ppg and White, 21st, 12.4 ppg) and rebounding (White, 16th, 6.0 rpg and Snaer, 25th, 4.6 rpg) and in the top 10 for free throw shooting (Snaer and White tied for fourth, .798).
SEMINOLES EARN ANOTHER DOUBLE FIGURE WIN AGAINST WAKE FOREST
Florida State earned its first ACC double digit victory with its’ 14-point win over Wake Forest on Tuesday in Tallahassee (76-62). It marked the Seminoles’ seventh double-digit win of the season and its first ACC win by more than five points. Florida State leads the ACC in close wins with a 6-1 record in conference play in games decided by five points or less – a total that included three games won on buzzer-beating, game winning shots by All-American Michael Snaer against Clemson (January 24, 60-57), Maryland (January 30, 73-71) and at Georgia Tech (February 5, 56-54).
SEMINOLES AHEAD AT THE BREAK
Florida State earned its 15th victory of the season and its 10th of the season when leading at halftime against Wake Forest on Tuesday night in Tallahassee. The Seminoles are 10-1 when leading at halftime this season. Florida State has led at the intermission of three ACC games (at Clemson, against Boston College and against Wake Forest) and won all three games.
LOOKING VERY MUCH LIKE THE SEMINOLES’ WELL KNOWN DEFENSE
Florida State has built its winning reputation under head coach Leonard Hamilton on tough, hard-nosed defense. The Seminoles led the nation in field goal percentage defense in both 2010 and 2011 and have led the ACC in the same statistical category in each of the last four seasons. That junkyard defense style of play returned to form on Tuesday night against Wake Forest as the Seminoles’ limited the Demon Deacons to a .327 field goal shooting percentage (a season low for the Seminoles) blocked a total of 12 shots (the Seminoles’ fourth best total in an ACC game since joining the league for the 1991-92 season.) The Seminoles also limited Wake Forest 18 total field goals – tying a season low for the Florida State defense.
FLORIDA STATE GOES TO THE BOARDS AGAINST WAKE FOREST
Florida State outrebounded Wake Forest by 23 rebounds (44-21) and has outrebounded it last two opponents by 24 rebounds (+1 against Virginia Tech) after being beaten by 24 rebounds (45-21) by NC State on January 19.