Feb. 15, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State, the third winningest program in the ACC in the last eight years, plays host to Boston College in the only meeting between the two teams during the regular season on Saturday, February 16, at 12 Noon at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles and the Eagles will meet for only the second time in the last two seasons as Boston College comes to Tallahassee for only the second time since the 2009-10 season. Florida State and Boston College have met nine times since the Eagles joined the ACC for the 2005-06 season – the Seminoles have won three of the last four and four of the last seven games since the Eagles joined the ACC. The Seminoles enter Saturday’s game against Boston College with three wins in their last six games with all three (at home against Clemson and Maryland and at Georgia Tech) coming on game-winning, buzzer-beating shots by All-American Michael Snaer. Following Saturday’s game against Boston College, the Seminoles travel to play at NC State on Tuesday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. for the first of two meetings between Florida State and the Wolfpack. The Seminoles will then play their second consecutive road game as they travel to play at Virginia Tech on ESPNU’s Sunday Night Basketball series on February 24 at 6:00 p.m.
HAMILTON AND FLORIDA STATE HOSTS REUNION WEEKEND 2013
Leonard Hamilton and the Florida State men’s basketball team welcomes back 65 years of history on Saturday at the annual Letterwinners Reunion during Saturday’s game against Boston College. Among those nearly 60 men’s basketball alumni returning to campus this weekend are seven members of the Seminoles’ 1972 NCAA Championship runner-up team (including its head coach Hugh Durham), Dave Cowens (an FSU Hall of Famer and named as one of the 50 greatest players in NBA History, Florida State’s all-time leading scorer Bob Sura, Kris Anderson of the Seminoles’ 1980 NCAA Tournament team, Hall of Famers Jeff Hogan and Skip Young and Corey Louis who was a member of the Seminoles’ 1998 NCAA Tournament team.
ALL-AMERICAN SNAER MAKES HIS 100TH CAREER START
All-American Michael Snaer, who is one of two players in the ACC who leads his team in scoring (13.7 ppg), assists (2.6 apg) and steals (1.1 spg), started the 100th game of his career against Miami on Wednesday night. Only Snaer and Virginia Tech’s Erick Green lead their respective ACC teams in scoring, assists and steals.
SNAER CONTINUES TO MOVE UP ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
All-American Michael Snaer enters Saturday’s game against Boston College ranked 14th in school history in scoring with 1,388 career points. He scored nine points in the Seminoles’ game against Miami to surpass former Seminole great and head coach Hugh Durham. Snaer began his senior season with 1,071 points and in 32nd place in school history in scoring and begins Saturday’s game against Boston College with 1,388 career points and ranked in 14th place in career scoring.
QUINTESSENTIAL Michael Snaer
All-American Michael Snaer made what is believed to be his college basketball record fifth game-winning buzzer-beating shot in the Seminoles’ 56-54 win over Georgia Tech on February 5 at the McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta. Snaer ended the game with a lay-up at the buzzer (the play was quickly reviewed by the officials) to give the Seminoles the ACC road win. The game-winner at the buzzer was Snaer’s third in 13 days and came on the heels of his buzzer-beating game-winners against both Clemson (January 24) and Maryland (January 30) in the last three weeks.
FLORIDA STATE GOES TO THE BOARDS AGAINST MIAMI
Led by seven rebounds by Okaro White, Florida State won the rebounding battle in its game against Miami on Wednesday night marking the second time in the last three games the Seminoles’ had outrebounded their opponent. The Seminoles also outrebounded Georgia Tech in their 56-54 win over the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta on February 5. The Seminoles outrebounded Miami 26-22 – the Hurricanes are currently ranked second in the ACC in rebounding with a +4.1 rebounds per game margin.
SEMINOLES WORKING HARD IN THE SECOND HALF
Florida State has outscored four of its last five opponents – including Miami (38-36) and Duke (38-37) – in the second halves of their recent games. The Seminoles have established a trend throughout the season as they have already recorded more halftime comeback efforts this season (four) this season as compared to all of last season (three).
SEMINOLES CONTINUE TO WIN THE CLOSE ONES
Florida State is 5-1 — with wins in each of their last three close games – in games decided by five points or less this season. The Seminoles have earned close wins over Clemson (71-66, January 5), Maryland (65-62, January 9), Clemson (60-57, January 24), Maryland (73-71, January 30) and Georgia Tech (56-54, February 5) in each of their five ACC wins so far this season. Each of the Seminoles’ last three close wins have come on game-winning, buzzer-beating wins over Maryland and Clemson and a game-winning buzzer-beating win over Georgia Tech.
SEMINOLES ARE ANNUALLY ONE OF THE ACC’S BEST FOR TEAM STEALS
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Boston College ranked fourth in the ACC with a 6.9 steals per game average. The Seminoles have earned at least five steals in 20 of their 24 games this season including three consecutive against Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Miami. Florida State led the ACC in steals with a 7.6 steals per game average last season and has averaged at least 6.0 steals per game in each of the last 13 years and in each of the 11 years under head coach Leonard Hamilton.
SEMINOLES WITH MORE BLOCKS THAN THEIR OPPONENTS
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Boston College ranked third in the ACC with a 4.8 blocked shots per game average. The Seminoles have 116 blocked shots as compared to their opponents 80 blocked shots marking the seventh consecutive season the Seminoles have earned more blocked shots than their opponents.
FLORIDA STATE MAKING THE FREE ONES
Florida State is averaging a five-year high 15.3 free throws made per game and is scoring more than 22 percent of its points from the free throw line through the first 24 games of the season. As the ACC leaders in free throw percentage, the Seminoles are scoring more than 20 percent of their points from the free throw line and are scoring a five-year high 22.7 percent of their points from the free throw line.