Feb. 22, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State, which has earned three of its six ACC wins on the road, travels to play Virginia Tech at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg on Sunday, February 24 at 6:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast nationally as part of ESPNU’s weekly and wildly successful ACC Sunday Night Basketball Package. The Seminoles’ game against the Holies marks the first (and only) regular season meeting between the two teams and marks the third time in the last four seasons that Florida State and Virginia Tech will have met only once during the regular season. The meeting against the Hokies – the first meeting of the season between the two teams – marks a completion of the full rotation of the ACC teams for the Seminoles during the 2012-13 season. With their game against Virginia Tech, the Seminoles will have faced each of their 11 ACC opponents at least once with return games against Wake Forest, Virginia and NC State and a road game at North Carolina remaining on the schedule. Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Virginia Tech having won two consecutive, five of the last seven and 13 of the last 17 games against the Hokies. Florida State is 8-4 against Virginia Tech since the 2004-05 season when the Hokies became members of the ACC. Following Sunday’s game against Virginia Tech, the Seminoles will play host to Wake Forest (Tuesday, February 26 at 9:00 p.m.) before closing out the road portion of its ACC schedule at North Carolina (March 3 at 2:00 p.m.).
SEMINOLES ENJOY THE ROAD IN ACC PLAY
Florida State has earned ACC road wins this season at Clemson (71-66, January 5), at Maryland (65-62, January 9) and at Georgia Tech (56-54, February 5) and averages 4.2 road wins per season in the last five years – the third best average in the ACC since the start of the 2008-09 season. The Seminoles are one of three ACC teams that averages four or more ACC road wins per season in the last five years and are joined by only Duke (5.0 ACC road wins per season) and North Carolina (4.4 ACC road wins per season) as the ACC’s winningest road teams. Florida State has won two of its last three games (February 17, 2009, 67-65 and January 10, 2012, 64-59) on the road in Cassell Coliseum.
SNAER CONTINUES TO PLAY AS FLORIDA STATE’S LEADER
All-American Michael Snaer enters Sunday’s game against Virginia Tech having scored 20 points in both of his last two games (21 against Boston College and 20 against NC State) and playing as one of the top players in the ACC. 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 and is one of only three players in the ACC who is averaging at least 14 points, at least 2.0 assists and at least 1.0 steals per game – he is joined by only Erick Green of Virginia Tech (25.3 ppg, 4.1 apg and 1.4 apg) and Olivier Hanlan of Boston College (14.5 ppg, 2.4 apg and 1.2 spg) as the top offensive AND defensive players in the ACC.
SNAER AND WHITE AMONG ACC LEADERS IN SCORING AND REBOUNDING
All-American Michael Snaer (14.2 ppg / 4.6 rpg) and junior Okaro White (12.2 ppg and 5.8 rpg) are two of only 13 players in the ACC who are ranked in the top 25 of both the scoring and rebounding categories. Only Florida State (Snaer and White), North Carolina (James Michael McAdoo and Reggie Bullock) and NC State (C.J. Leslie and Richard Howell) have multiple players ranked in the ACC’s top 25 for scoring AND rebounding entering play in the ACC this weekend.
SEMINOLES LOOKING TO LEAD ACC IN FREE THROW SHOOTING – AGAIN
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Virginia Tech 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 Virginia Tech and gain its 15th win of the season – a win would give the Seminoles at least 15 wins in each of the last 10 seasons under Leonard Hamilton;
…Defeat Virginia Tech and win its seventh ACC game of the season. It would mark the school record eighth consecutive season the Seminoles have won at least seven ACC games. The Seminoles have an ACC record of 69-49 since the start of the 2005-06 ACC season and are the third winningest ACC team in all games AND conference games since the start of the 2005-06 season;
…Defeat Virginia Tech and win its third consecutive game against the Hokies. It would mark the Seminoles’ longest winning streak against the Hokies since a seven-game streak from Jan. 26, 1991 through Jan. 7, 2006.
FLORIDA STATE’S WIN TOTAL IN THE LAST EIGHT YEARS
Florida State is the third winningest program in the ACC in the last eight years (since the start of the 2005-06 season) in total games played with 170 wins. The Seminoles average 22.3 wins per season with records of 20-10 (2005-06), 22-13 (2006-07), 19-15 (2007-08), 25-10 (2008-09), 22-10 (2009-10), 23-11 (2010-11), 25-10 (2011-12) and 14-11 (2012-13).