Dec. 21, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State, which has won three of its last five games against Florida, travels to play at the No. 11/12 Gators in the renewal of a rivalry that dates back 62 games and back to the 1951-52 season. The Seminoles enter Thursday’s game against Florida having won three consecutive games and looking for their first win over a ranked opponent this season. Florida State’s game against Florida marks the Seminoles’ second true road game of the season after playing at Michigan State in the Big 10 / ACC Challenge on Nov. 30 in East Lansing, Mich. Florida State has won eight games this season – with each of its eight wins coming by double digits – and ranks second in the ACC with an average margin of victory over +12.9 points per game. The Seminoles have a margin of victory of +20.6 points in their eight wins. Florida State is 3-0 against teams from the state of Florida this season with wins over Jacksonville (Nov. 11, 79-67), UCF (Nov. 14, 73-50) and Stetson (Nov. 16, 79-66) and has two games remaining against Miami (Fla.) after its game against Florida on Thursday during the regular season. Following Thursday night’s game at Florida, the Seminoles will enjoy a couple of days off for the holiday season before playing host to Princeton on Dec. 30. The Seminoles will also play host to Auburn on Jan. 4 to open the 2012 calendar year before opening ACC play at Clemson on Jan, 7.
FLORIDA STATE VS. FLORIDA
Florida State will travel to Gainesville to play at Florida on Dec. 22 at 7:00 p.m. in its final game before the Christmas holiday break. It will mark the third time in the last five meetings and the ninth time since 1993 that the game will be played in the month of December. The Seminoles and the Gators have met 62 times since the 1951-52 season – the fifth season of Florida State basketball. The Seminoles’ series against the Gators is Florida State’s third longest series against a team from the state of Florida – behind only its 66 meetings against Miami and its 64 meetings against Jacksonville. During the series, 15 of the Seminoles’ 22 wins over the Gators have come during the month of December.
ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE Michael Snaer
All-American candidate Michael Snaer enters Thursday’s game as one of the hottest players in all of college basketball. He has scored in double figures in a career-high seven consecutive games, is averaging 14.0 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting .364 from the 3-point line since an 18-point performance in the Seminoles’ victory over UMass on Nov. 24 in the Battle4Atlantis. Snaer is averaging a career-high 13.2 points (13th in the ACC), a career-high 4.5 rebounds and shooting a career-high .909 from the free throw line (tied for second in the ACC) through the Seminoles’ first 11 games of the 2011-12 season.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Florida and gain a win over a ranked team for the first time this season. The Seminoles’ game against Florida is their second game against a nationally ranked team this season – the Seminoles fell to then No. 4/4 UConn (Nov. 26, 78-76 in overtime) in the final round of the Battle4Atlantis. All three of the Seminoles’ losses have come to teams who have been nationally ranked so far during the 2011-12 season – Harvard, UConn and Michigan State;
…Defeat Florida and gain a win over a ranked Florida team in Gainesville for the second time in school history. Florida State defeated No. 24/25 Florida in Gainesville on Nov. 23, 2007;
..Defeat Florida and gain a win over a nationally ranked Florida team for the fourth time under 10th-year head coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles defeated the No. 4/4 Gators on Dec. 3, 2007 (74-70) in Tallahassee, stopped the No. 24/25 Gators on Nov. 23, 2007 (65-51) in Gainesville and topped the No. 23/21 Gators on Dec. 7, 2008 (57-55) in Tallahassee.
FLORIDA STATE’S WINNING PERCENTAGE IN THE LAST FOUR SEASONS
Florida State is the third winningest program in the ACC in the last four years (since the start of the 2008-09 season) in total games played with 78 wins. The Seminoles averaged 23.3 wins per season with records of 25-10 (2008-09) and 22-10 (2009-10) and 23-11 (2010-11) in the last three seasons.
LOUCKS AND PETERSON NAMED TO BOB COUSY AWARD
Florida State’s pair of graduate student point guards – Luke Locks and Jeff Peterson – has both been named to the Bob Cousy Award Watch list as released by the Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday. Both Loucks and Peterson will now compete as two of the top point guards in the country for the award presented to the nation’s top collegiate point guard at the Final Four in April. This original list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final twenty by January 1st, final ten by February 1st and final five by March 1st. A premier Selection Committee will be appointed by the Hall of Fame to review the final five candidates in contention for the nation’s top collegiate point guard award. These Hall of Fame committees are made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, Sports Information Directors and Hall of Famers. The winner of the 2012 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at the Hall of Fame’s Class Announcement on Championship Monday in New Orleans as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.
FLORIDA STATE’S DEFENSIVE RANKINGS
Florida State – the nation’s best defense which has led the nation in field goal percentage defense in both of the last two seasons – enters Thursday’s game against Florida as the nation’s top overall defense. It ranks in the top 30 in seven of the most telling defensive statistics tracked by the NCAA – including in the top 10 in both field goal percentage defense and blocked shots.
FLORIDA STATE’S FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Florida State enters Thursday’s game against Florida having held each of its 11 opponents this season and 109 of its last 111 opponents below 50 percent shooting from the field since the end of the 2007-08 season. The Seminoles have held 18 consecutive opponents under the 50 percent mark with only two teams (Maryland and North Carolina) reaching the mark during the 2010-11 season and only one team (Gonzaga) reaching the mark during the 2009-10 season. The Seminoles held all 35 of their opponents below 50 percent shooting from the field during the 2008-09 season.
FLORIDA STATE’S BLOCKED SHOTS
Florida State’s 14 blocked shots in its victory over South Alabama on Nov. 20 is the highest single game team blocked shots total in the ACC so far this season.
FLORIDA STATE’S STEALS
Florida State has recorded at least 12 steals in four different games (14 vs. UMass, 13 vs. UNC Greensboro, 13 vs. Harvard and 12 vs. UConn). The Seminoles, who lead the ACC in steals, have recorded the three highest team steals totals in the ACC this season – 14 vs. UMass and 13 vs. UNC Greensboro and Harvard.