Nov. 16, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State, which has won its first two games of the season, plays host the UT Martin as it looks to go 3-0 on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles defeated UCF, 80-68, at the CFE Arena in Orlando on Wednesday night and return home to play their second of 14 home games against the Skyhawks. Florida State has won its first two games of a season for the 10th time in the first 12 years of the Leonard Hamilton era at Florida State. Following Sunday’s game against UT Martin, the Seminoles will travel to play in the Puerto Rico Tip Off – one of the top early season tournaments in all of college basketball–beginning Nov. 21 at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Seminoles play No. 14/14 VCU in the first round and either Long Beach State or Michigan in Friday’s second round. Florida State’s third round opponent could be Charlotte, Kansas State, Northeastern or Georgetown.
FLORIDA STATE VS. UT MARTIN – A SERIES HISTORY
The Seminoles will play host to UT Martin in their second home game of the season on November 17. The Seminoles’ game against the Skyhawks marks the third consecutive time Florida State will play host to UT Martin and the second time the two teams will meet under head coach Leonard Hamilton. Hamilton, the 1971 UT-Martin graduate, will play against his alma mater. Hamilton is 1-0 in games against his alma mater. The Seminoles last played the Skyhawks on December 22, 2009 with the Seminoles taking a 95-68 victory. Florida State has a 2-0 series record against UT Martin and an 18-3 all-time record against schools of the Ohio Valley Conference. The Seminoles’ last game against a team from the OVC came against the Skyhawks in 2009. Florida State’s last game against a team from the state of Tennessee came against Tennessee Martin on December 22, 2009. The Seminoles are 41-52 against teams from the state of Tennessee including a 97-87 win over Austin Peay on December 4, 1976. Hamilton earned his master’s degree and began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Austin Peay in 1972.
SEMINOLES TO HONOR NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH AGAINST UT MARTIN
The Florida State men’s basketball team will wear turquoise Nike N7 uniforms against UT Martin on Sunday to raise awareness for bringing sport to Native American and Aboriginal youth. Nike N7 is partnering with four universities–Florida State, Nevada, New Mexico and Oregon State–to bring Native American Heritage Month to life on the basketball court during November. Teams from the participating schools will make a distinct departure from their traditional school colors to don new, turquoise Nike N7 uniforms for one special game each, to stand for the importance of bringing sport and physical activity to Native American and Aboriginal youth. “The Seminole Tribe of Florida approached us about this program and we are honored and excited to wear these unique uniforms,” said head coach Leonard Hamilton. “The color is significant as it is deeply symbolic of friendship and community in the Native American culture.”
SEMINOLES RETURNING TO JUNKYARD DOG DEFENSIVE MENTALITY
Through its first two games of the season (both victories) Florida State is returning to the Junkyard Dog defense mentality for which it has become famous and accustomed to under 12th-year head coach Leonard Hamilton. In two regular season games the Seminoles are limiting their opponents to a .403 shooting percentage (they limited UCF to a .397 shooting percentage) while averaging 7.5 blocked shots (the Seminoles are looking to lead the ACC in blocked shots for the fifth consecutive season) and 11.0 steals per game (the Seminoles have earned 11 steals in both of their first two games of the season). If you factor in the Seminoles’ two exhibition wins over Southeastern University and Flagler College, the Seminoles are limiting their 2013-14 opponents to a .381 shooting mark (93-244) from the field.
SEMINOLES ON THE OFFENSIVE
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against UT Martin shooting .517 percent from the field and has shot 50 percent or better from the field in both of its first two games. The Seminoles shot 53.3 percent from the field against Jacksonville in winning 91-67 and shot 50.0 percent from the field in wining on the road at UCF 80-68. Florida State averages 85.5 points scored per game through the first two games of the season and scored 112 points in its exhibition win over Southeastern University on Oct. 30 (112-74).
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat UT Martin, win its third consecutive game of the season and up its record to 3-0 for the eighth time under head coach Leonard Hamilton;
…Defeat UT Martin and up Florida State’s record against the Skyhawks to 3-0.
FLORIDA STATE’S IMPROVED OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE NUMBERS
A quick look at the early season statistics shows that the Seminoles are shooting the ball better from the field, averaging more points scored on offense, allowing fewer points and holding their opponents to a lower field goal shooting percentage than last season. The Seminoles are one of six teams in the new look ACC that is averaging more than 80 points scored per game and one of six teams that is shooting 50 percent or better form the field through the first week of the season.
SEMINOLES’ SEEING IMPROVED SHOOTING STATISTICS
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against UT Martin shooting .517 from the field (an improvement of more than seven percentage points from last season), shooting .344 from the 3-point line and .644 from the free throw line. Senior Robert Gilchrist, with five dunks on his nine baskets, leads the Seminoles with a career-high .643 field goal shooting percentage (an improvement from .429 percent shooting from the field) while sophomore Devon Bookert is shooting better than .500 from bonusphere (.571) for the second consecutive season.
WHITE APPROACHING 1,000 POINTS, 500 REBOUNDS AND 100 BLOCKED SHOTS
Senior Okaro White needs only 57 points to reach 1,000 for his career, needs only 24 rebounds to reach 500 for his career and needs only 29 blocked shots to reach 100 blocks for his career. He is looking to become only the fifth player in school history with 1,000 or more career points, 500 or more career rebounds and 100 or more blocked shots. White is looking to become the 43rd player in school history with 1,000 or more career points, the 31st player in school history with 500 or more career rebounds and the 13th player in school history with 100 or more blocked shots.