Dec. 1, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State, which has won four of its first six games of the 2012-13 season, plays host to Mercer in a non-conference clash on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles will play the Bears in their third of six consecutive home games which sees Florida State play at home from Nov. 21 (against North Florida) through Dec. 17 (against Louisiana Monroe). Following their current six-game homestand, the Seminoles will play five consecutive games on the road before opening its ACC home schedule against North Carolina on January 12. Following Sunday’s game against Mercer, the Seminoles play host to No. 7 Florida in their second game of the season against a ranked opponent. The Seminoles have defeated six of their last 10 ranked opponents in the last two seasons.
FLORIDA STATE VS. MERCER – A SERIES HISTORY
Florida State will play host to Mercer on December 2, 2012, making it the second match up of the season against an Atlantic Sun conference opponent. The game between the Seminoles and the Bears will mark the third time that Mercer Head Coach Bob Hoffman will play the Seminoles since last playing in the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee on Nov. 23, 2010. The Seminoles gained a 79-55 win over the Bears on the way to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Florida State has a 16-8 record against the Bears. Since playing the Bears at home on March 3, 1973, the Seminoles have had a 10 game winning streak, last losing to the Bears at home December 8, 1954. Florida State currently holds a 12 consecutive winning streak against teams from the Peach State beginning on November 12, 2007 against Georgia Southern, which includes seven straight wins over fellow ACC opponent Georgia Tech.
SNAER CONTINUES TO LEAD SEMINOLES
All-American Michael Snaer, the MVP of the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, who has scored in double figures in each of the Seminoles’ six games this season, leads Florida State in scoring (92 points / 15.3 ppg), minutes played (166 / 31.3 mpg), 3-point field goals made (13), free throws made (31) and free throw shooting percentage (.861) as the four year starter continues to live up to his consensus preseason All-American status.
SNAER LEADS THREE PLAYERS IN DOUBLE FIGURE SCORING
Senior All-American Michael Snaer leads three Seminoles in double figure scoring – Snaer (career-high 15.3 ppg), junior Okaro White (career-high 13.3 ppg) and junior Terrance Shannon (career-high 11.3 ppg) – entering Sunday’s game against Mercer. Snaer, White and Shannon are averaging a combined 39.9 points scored per game – more than half of the Seminoles’ scoring total for the year (.509 percent) through the first six games of the 2012-13 season.
SNAER IS A CONSENSUS PICK AS A PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN
Senior All-American Michael Snaer is recognized as one of the top college basketball players in the nation. He has been named to virtually every pre-season All-American team, the preseason All-ACC Team and was the runner-up for the preseason ACC Player of the Year award as voted on by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
Snaer's Preseason All-American Teams Team Status Blue Ribbon Yearbook 1st Team CBS Sports.com 3rd Team College Basketball Madness 4th Team Lute Olson Award Team Associated Press Honorable Mention Wooden Award List Preseason Top 50 Naismith Award List Preseason Top 50 Fox Sports Top 5 Shooting Guard
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Mercer and win its 10th straight game against the Bears. The Seminoles have won every game they have played against Mercer since a 98-76 win over the Bears on January 11, 1972 – the same season the Seminoles played for the National Championship in the title game of the NCAA Tournament;
…Defeat Mercer and win its 13th consecutive game against a team from the state of Georgia. The Seminoles have wins over Georgia Tech, Georgia State, Georgia Southern and Mercer and have not lost to a team from the Peach State since Feb. 13, 2007.
FINAL TALLY IN THE ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE
The ACC and the Big Ten split (6 wins for each league) the ACC/Big Ten Challenge for the first time in the 14-years history of the event. After the Big 10 took four of the six games on Tuesday night (wins by Indiana over North Carolina, Michigan over NC State, Minnesota over Florida State and Nebraska over Wake Forest), the ACC evened the series on Wednesday (wins by Virginia over Wisconsin, Miami over Michigan State, Boston College over Penn State and Duke over Ohio State) to bring the all-time tally to ACC 10 wins, Big Ten 3 wins and 1 tie.
SEMINOLES OUTREBOUND MINNESOTA
Florida State outrebounded Minnesota by a 35-34 margin to mark only the second time this season the Gophers had been outrebounded.
SEMINOLES GO TO OFFENSIVE BOARDS AGAINST GOPHERS
While outrebounding Minnesota on Tuesday night, the Seminoles recorded 20 offensive rebounds in owning a 35-34 rebounding advantage. It marked the first time since Dec. 18, 2011 against Loyola Marymount (in a 77-61 win) that Florida State pulled down at least 20 offensive rebounds in a single game. The Seminoles’ record for offensive rebounds in an ACC game is 26 against Georgia Tech on Jan. 15, 1997.
FLORIDA STATE SHOOTING WELL FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State, which has shot better than 70 percent from the free throw line in each of its last five games, enters Sunday’s game against Mercer shooting .733 from the free throw line. The Seminoles shot a season-high .821 from the line in their win over North Florida (23 of 28) and have attempted at least 24 free throws in each of their games this season except their win over Saint Joseph’s in their championship clinching victory at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic (seven of 10). Florida State’s .733 free throw shooting percentage would rank as their highest since ranking fifth in the NCAA and first in the ACC during the 2007-08 season with a .773 team mark from the free throw line. Florida State’s starters are shooting 70 percent from the line while its reserves are shooting .804 (37 of 46) from the line through the first six games of the season.