Dec. 7, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State returns to the Donald L. Tucker Center for its first home game in 21 days as it plays host to Jacksonville State on Sunday, December 9, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. The Seminoles last played at home on November 17 when they defeated UT Martin, 89-61, before embarking on a five-game road swing that saw them visit San Juan, Puerto Rico for the three-game Puerto Rico Tip-Off, Gainesville, Fla. for a game against the nationally ranked Gators, and Minneapolis, Minn. for a game against Minnesota in the 15th Annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Seminoles gained victories over then No. 10 ranked VCU and Northeastern in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and came within three points of victories over then No. 13 ranked Michigan 820-80 in overtime on November 22) and No. 13 ranked Florida (67-66 on November 29). The Seminoles’ game against Jacksonville State is their first of two consecutive home games with a game against Puerto Rico Tip-Off Champion Charlotte set for Tuesday, December 17.
FLORIDA STATE VS. JACKSONVILLE STATE – A SERIES HISTORY
Florida State will play host to Jacksonville State at the Donald L. Tucker Center on December 8 for the first time since defeating the Gamecocks in Tallahassee by a 103-76 margin on December 4, 1954. The Seminoles and the Gamecocks have not met since consecutive seasons in 1953 and 1954. The game this season will mark the third consecutive time that the two play each other in the month of December. Florida State leads the Gamecocks by a 2-0 series advantage and is 18-3 (.857 winning percentage) in the all-time series record against the Ohio Valley Conference. Its last game against an OVC team came against Tennessee-Martin at home on November 17, 2013, with an 89-61 win in Tallahassee. The Seminoles hold an all-time series lead of 59-40 against teams from the state of Alabama and played two teams from the state during the 2012-13 season against South Alabama and Auburn.
WHITE NAMED TO ALLSTATE/NABC GOOD WORKS TEAM
Senior Okaro White, who surpassed the 1,00 career points scored mark against Florida on November 29, has been announced as a nominee for the 2014 Allstate/NABC Good Works Team. The award recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service. White is one of the most dedicated student-athletes at Florida State when it comes to community service. He has spearheaded the Seminole men’s basketball team’s participation in programs throughout the North Florida/Big Ben area ranging from FSU Relay for Life (to benefit the fight against cancer) and the Wounded Warrior Project to Tallahassee Best Buddies and Big Brother and the reading program at Kate Sullivan Elementary School. As a social sciences major, he has committed himself to working with school-aged children and has adopted a fourth grade class at the Kate Sullivan Elementary School in Tallahassee where he makes weekly visits to spend time in the classroom – the children in the class have dubbed themselves (O) Karo’s Kids.
MILLER APPROACHES CENTURY MARK FOR 3-POINT FIELD GOALS MADE
Senior Ian Miller enters Sunday’s game against Jacksonville State ranked 14th in the ACC in scoring with a career-high 15.3 points per game scoring average. He is the ACC’s leading scorer among reserve players (players who have not started any games this season) and is one of the ACC’s top 3-point shooters. Miller has made 13 3-point shots this season (he made 23 in 28 game last season) and is only six made 3-point shots away from becoming the 19th player in school history to make 100 or more career 3-point shots.
SEMINOLES CONTINUE TO BUILD BLOCKED SHOTS NUMBERS
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Jacksonville State ranked third in the ACC in blocked shots with 49 and a 6.1 blocked shots per game average. The Seminoles blocked a near-season high nine shots against Minnesota on Tuesday night and have blocked 19 shots more than their opponents in the first eight games of the season. Florida State is looking to lead the ACC in blocked shots for the fifth consecutive season.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Jacksonville State and win its fifth consecutive non-conference regular season game at home. The Seminoles have opened their 2013-14 home schedule with non-conference wins over Jacksonville (91-67, November 8) and UT Martin (89-61, November 17);
…Defeat Jacksonville State and win its 14th straight game against a team from the current Ohio Valley Conference. The Seminoles streak of wins against the OVC began with a 97-87 victory over Austin Peay on Dec. 4, 1976;
…Defeat Jacksonville State and up its home record to 3-0 during the early part of the 2013-14 season.
SEMINOLES GETTING BACK ON DEFENSIVE FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE TRACK
Florida State, which led the nation in field goal percentage defense in both 2010 (.377) and 2011 (.363), enters Sunday’s game against Jacksonville State ranked fourth in the ACC with a .380 defensive field goal percentage mark. The Seminoles have held six of their first eight opponents under 40 percent shooting from the field and held then No. 10 ranked VCU to a season-low .293 shooting mark for the field in defeating the Rams, 85-67, in the first round of the Puerto Rico Shootout. The Seminoles led the Rams by as many as 30 points in their 85-67 victory on November 21.
FLORIDA STATE’S BLOCKED SHOTS TOTALS
Florida State has led the ACC in blocked shots in each of the last five seasons and is the only ACC team which has blocked 1,000 or more shots since the start of the 2009-10 season. The Seminoles have blocked 1,039 shots in in last 178 games – an average of 5.8 blocked shots per game. North Carolina is ranked second in the ACC during the last five seasons (2010-20 14) with 979 blocked shots in 193 games (5.1 blocks per game).
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Jacksonville State shooting .712 from the free throw line and is looking to shoot 70 percent or better from the line for the third consecutive season. The Seminoles are currently ranked fourth in the ACC with 156 free throws made and have four players (Miller, .921; Okaro White, .816; Devon Bookert, .810 and Boris Bojanovksy, .800) shooting 80 percent or better from the free throw line.