TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — No. 23 Florida State, which has been nationally ranked in each of the last five weeks, plays host to Syracuse on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles have won 28 of their last 29 homes games with one of those 28 wins coming over Syracuse. Florida State defeated the Orange by a 78-73 margin on March 5, 2016 – the last time Syracuse played in Tallahassee. The Seminoles enter Saturday’s game against the Orange with a 12-4 overall record a 7-1 mark in games played at home and have won 13 of their last 14 ACC games played in the Tucker Center. The Seminoles have lost only once at home since defeating No. 23 Notre Dame on Feb. 27, 2016. Following Saturday’s game against Syracuse, the Seminoles travel to play at Boston College on Monday, Jan. 15 at 7:00 p.m. That game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
SEMINOLES WELCOME BACK ALUMNI PLAYERS ON SATURDAY
Head coach Leonard Hamilton, his staff and players welcome a special group of Florida State alumni legends for the Inaugural FSU Basketball Alumni Legends competition at halftime of Saturday’s game against Syracuse. The Seminoles welcome home eight players and two coaches in school history for a first-of-its-kind skills competition. The players – Randy Allen (1984-87), Terrell Baker (1988-889), Harry Davis (1975-78), Greg Grady (1973-76), Eugene Harris (1974-77), Ron King (1971-73). Michael Polite (1988-91) and Charlie Ward (1991-94) along with coaches Al Lawson and FSU Hall of Famer Hugh Durham – will participate in a free throw shooting contest, a big man challenge and a 3-point shooting competition. The exhibition will take place at halftime of Florida State’s game against Syracuse.
SEMINOLES’ MANN ENJOYING AN ALL-ACC SEASON
Florida State junior forward Terance Mann, who scored his ACC career-high of 25 points in Florida State’s game against Louisville on Wednesday night in Tallahassee is enjoying one of the top seasons of any player in the league and is a bonafide All-ACC Candidate. Mann enters Saturday’s game among the ACC leaders in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage shooting while leading the Seminoles in each of those three categories — scoring (career-high 15.1 ppg), rebounding (career-high 6.2 rpg) and field goal shooting (.615). Mann’s 25 points against Louisville marked his career high scoring total for an ACC game and tied his career-high (he also totaled 25 points in Florida State’s win over No. 5 Florida on Dec. 4, 2017). His scoring marked the career-high fifth time he has scored at least 20 points in a game this season. Mann has now scored at least 20 points in six different career games – five as a junior and one as a sophomore.
TERANCE MANN IN HIS LAST THREE GAMES…
…He has scored 52 points, is averaging 17.3 points scored per game, has pulled down 21 rebounds, is averaging 7.0 rebound per game and is shooting .581 from the field (18 of 31) and .571 from the 3-point line (four of seven).
ANGOLA NAMED TO SENIOR CLASS LIST
Florida State senior Braian Angola is one of sixty NCAA men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court and was selected as a candidate for the 2017-18 Senior CLASS Award for college basketball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Syracuse and gain their second consecutive home victory over the Orange. The Seminoles defeated Syracuse by a 78-73 margin on March 5, 2016 at the Donald L. Tucker Center;
…Defeat Syracuse and gain its third win (second since the Orange joined the ACC) over Syracuse. The Seminoles defeated Syracuse on March 12, 1997 to advance to the second round of the post season NIT.
HAMILTON NEEDS ONE ACC WIN TO TAKE OVER EIGHTH PLACE IN LEAGUE HISTORY
With the Seminoles’ victory over No. 12 North Carolina on January 3 in Tallahassee, Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton moved into a tie for eighth place in the ACC’s all-time career wins list for ACC Games (regular season and ACC Tournament). He moved into a tie with Duke legend Vic Bubas with 128 career ACC wins. Entering Saturday’s game against Syracuse, Hamilton needs one win to move into sole possession of eighth place for ACC wins in league history.
SEMINOLES WITH A REBOUND ADVANTAGE
Florida State has won the rebound battle in its last two games against both Miami (+12) and Louisville (+11). The Seminoles advantage has come on the offensive side of the floor as they won the offensive battle of the boards against the Hurricanes (21-5) and the Cardinals (19-13). Their advantage on the boards has allowed them to hold a sizeable advantage on second chance points in both games. Florida State totaled its season high of 23 offensive rebounds in its victory over then No. 5 Florida on Dec. 4, in Gainesville. The Seminoles won the 2nd chance points battle by a 24-8 margin in winning the game 83-66.
FLORIDA STATE GUARDING ITS OPPONENTS
Florida State is ranked fifth in the ACC with a .390 field goal percentage defense mark – its best mark since limiting their opponents to a .399 mark during the 2014-15 season. Under Leonard Hamilton, Florida State led the ACC and the nation in both 2009-10 (.377 field goal defense mark) and 2010-11 (.363 field goal defense mark) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in both seasons.
SEMINOLES LEAD ACC IN 3-POINT FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
Florida State, which has made 58 3-point field goals in its last five games, enters Saturday’s game against Syracuse ranked first in the ACC in shots made from distance with 147 and a 9.2 3-point field goals made per game average. The Seminoles are averaging nearly three made 3-point field goals per game more this season as compared to the 2016-17 season (9.2 – 6.7).
ANGOLA MOVES INTO ACC’S TOP 25 FOR SCORING
Senior Braian Angola, who has scored in double figures in each of the last four games, enters Saturday’s game against Syracuse ranked 24th in the ACC in scoring with his ever-growing and career-high 13.6 points per game scoring average He is averaging 19.3 points scored per game in his last four games and scored his career-high of 23 points in Florida State’s ACC opener against Duke (Dec. 30) and totaled 20 points in the Seminoles’ victory over No. 12 North Carolina (Jan. 3) in Tallahassee. Angola has scored in double figures in 10 of Florida State’s first 16 games of the 2017-18 season.