Dec. 10, 2010
|Sunday, December 12th – 6:15 p.m. EST|
|Donald L. Tucker Center | Tallahassee, FL|
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State, one of only two teams in the ACC which has won at least 10 conference games in both of the last two seasons, plays host to Clemson in the conference opener for both teams on Sun., Dec. 12, 2010 at 6:15 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. It marks the second consecutive season and fourth time under head coach Leonard Hamilton that Florida State will play a December ACC game with the Seminoles taking a 66-59 overtime victory over Georgia Tech in Atlanta last season on Dec. 20. The Seminoles enter their game against Clemson with a 6-2 overall record and a 60-38 victory over Hartford in their last game. The Seminoles defeated the Hawks at home on Dec. 5 before taking the last week off to take final exams. Florida State’s game against Clemson is its fifth of a season-long six game home stand that sees the Seminoles stay in Tallahassee from Nov. 23 through Dec. 15 when they play host to Stetson. Following Sunday’s game against Clemson, the Seminoles will play host to Stetson (Dec. 15, 9:00 p.m.) before heading west to play at Loyola Marymount (Dec. 18, 11:00 p.m. EST) and in the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii beginning Dec. 23. Florida State resumes its ACC schedule at Virginia Tech on Jan. 8.
FLORIDA STATE IS THE NATION’S TOP DEFENSIVE TEAM
Florida State, which leads the nation in both field goal percentage defense (.316) and blocked shots (8.3 bpg) and ranks 15th nationally in scoring defense (56.6 ppg) and tied for 23rd in steals (9.6 spg) is the nation’s top ranked defense – a position it has achieved in both of the last two seasons. Florida State is the only team to lead the nation in two different statistical categories and is the only team in the nation to rank in the nation’s top 25 in all of the defensive categories of field goal percentage defense, scoring defense, steals and blocks per game. Florida State led the nation in field goal percentage and ranked 10th nationally in blocked shots during the 2009-10 season.
FLORIDA STATE’S DEFENSE IN THE LAST TWO YEARS…
…Has held its opponents to an average of 59.6 points per game and a shooting percentage of .364 while averaging 8.3 blocked shots and 8.6 steals. The Seminoles have an overall record of 28-12 since the start of the 2009-10 season and have won 10 games in both of the last two seasons in conference play.
THE SINGLETON CAMPAIGN
Junior forward Chris Singleton is an All-American candidate and a candidate for the Wooden and Naismith Awards as the nation’s top player, the top candidate for the Henry Iba Corinthian Award as the nation’s top defender, an All-ACC candidate and the top candidate to win the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Clemson and win its ACC season opener for the second consecutive season. The Seminoles won at Georgia Tech to open the ACC schedule last season;
…Defeat Clemson and win its second consecutive league game played at home during the month of December. The Seminoles defeated Maryland, 79-75, on Dec. 28, 2003 in the Donald L. Tucker Center.
FLORIDA STATE’S DEFENSE LIMITED HARTFORD TO…
…38 total points in the Seminoles’ 60-38 win over the Hawks on Dec. 5. It’s the fewest points allowed by the Seminoles this season, the fewest since they allowed only 34 to Alabama A&M in an 81-34 win on Dec. 31, 2009 and the third time in the last 38 games that Florida State has allowed 38 points or less to its opponent;
…9 points in the second of its 60-38 win over the Hawks on Dec. 5. The nine points allowed set a new Donald L. Tucker Center record for fewest points allowed in a half and were the fewest allowed by Florida State’s defense since allowing 10 in the first half of the Seminoles 80-38 win over Stetson on Nov. 18, 2009;
…A .215 field goal shooting percentage in its win over the Hawks on Dec. 5. It marked the second time this season the Seminoles have held a team to a 25 percent or lower field goal shooting percentage. The Seminoles limited Mercer to a .250 field goal shooting mark in defeating the Bears, 79-55.
FLORIDA STATE’S FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE AND SCORING DEFENSE – LAST 5 YEARS
Florida State, which leads the ACC in just about every defensive category entering Sunday night’s game against Clemson, has proven itself as one of the top defensive teams in the nation during the nine-year tenure of head coach Leonard Hamilton. In the last five seasons, Florida State has held its 144 opponents to a .407 shooting mark from the field and to an average of 65.4 points per game – both the best marks in the ACC. This season only two of Florida State’s opponents have score more than 60 points and five opponents have been held to 55 points or less.
FLORIDA STATE’S FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Florida State has limited 75 of its last 76 opponents to 50 percent shooting or less from the field. Only one team since March 18, 2008 (Gonzaga at 50 percent in the 2010 NCAA Tournament) has shot 50 percent or better from the field against the Seminoles. During that 76 game span, Florida State has won 53 games and is holding its opponents to a .375 cumulative field goal shooting percentage.
N THE LAST FOUR SEASONS…
…Since the start of the 2007-08 season only nine teams in the last 109 games have shot 50 percent or better against Florida State. None have come this season, zero occurred during the 2008-09 season, one came (Gonzaga) during the 2009-10 season and eight came during the 2007-08 season.
FLORIDA STATE STAYING TRUE TO ITS DEFENSIVE PRINCIPLES
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Clemson ranked first in the nation and first in the ACC with an 8.3 blocked shots per game average. The Seminoles have blocked at least three shots in each of their first eight games, at least six shots in seven of their eight games and at least 10 shots in four of their first eight games. The Seminoles have blocked nearly three times as many shots as their opponents (66-25) and have two players (22 each by All-American candidate Chris Singleton and Bernard James) who have blocked more shots (22-21) than Boston College has as a TEAM.
FLORIDA STATE NOT CAUGHT IN THE ACT OF STEALING
Florida State enters Sunday’s game ranked second in the ACC with 77 steals and a 9.6 steals per game average. The Seminoles have earned at least five steals in all of their eight games this season with at least 10 steals coming in four different games. Florida State came within one steal of tying the school record for steals in a game with 20 in its win over UNC Greensboro on Nov. 14. With 344 steals in the last two seasons (40 games) the Seminoles average 8.6 steals per game and are the second best team in terms of steals in the ACC.