Jan. 11, 2011
|Wednesday, January 12th – 9:00 p.m. EST|
|Donald L. Tucker Center | Tallahassee, FL|
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|TV: ESPN | Radio: Seminole Sports Network|
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State, which has defeated three No. 1 ranked teams in school history, plays host to No. 1/1 ranked Duke at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee on Wednesday Jan. 12, 2011 at 9:00 p.m. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN. Florida State has already defeated one ranked team this season with a 68-61 victory over No. 15 Baylor in the third place game of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu which marked the 23rd consecutive season the Seminoles have defeated at least one ranked team. Florida State has defeated 12 nationally ranked teams at home during the nine-year tenure of head coach Leonard Hamilton including two last season (Georgia Tech on Dec. 20 and Jan. 24) and No. 1 ranked Duke on March 1, 2006 and No. 5 ranked Duke on Feb. 2, 2003. Florida State’s game against Duke is its first at home in the Tucker Center since defeating Stetson on Dec. 15. The Seminoles played six games away from home and traveled more than 12,000 miles in playing at Loyola Marymount (Dec. 18; 74-63 win), in the Diamond Head Classic (Dec. 22 vs. Hawaii, 70-62 win; Dec. 23 vs. Butler, 67-64 loss and against No. 15 Baylor, 68-61 win) and at Auburn and at Virginia Tech. Following Wednesday’s game against No. 1/1 Duke the Seminoles will play host to NC State on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 4:00 p.m. before travelling to play at Miami on Jan. 19 at 9:00 p.m.
THE SINGLETON CAMPAIGN
Junior forward Chris Singleton, who is averaging a near double double of 21.8 points 9.3 rebounds in the last four games, is an All-American candidate and a candidate for the 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.
FLORIDA STATE’S SUCCESS AGAINST RANKED TEAMS
Florida State has defeated 12 ranked teams – including No. 1 ranked Duke (March 1, 2006), No. 3 ranked Wake Forest (Jan. 18, 2005) and No. 4 Florida (Dec. 3, 2006) – at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center under head coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles most recently defeated a top 2 ranked team with a win over No. 1 ranked North Carolina (Feb. 14. 2009) in the semifinals of the 2009 ACC Tournament – a win that advanced Florida State to the championship game of the tournament for the first time in school history. Most recently, the Seminoles defeated No. 15 ranked Baylor to claim a third place finish in the 2010 Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. Florida State has defeated at least one ranked team in 23 consecutive seasons.
DEFEATING HIGHLY RANKED TEAMS AT HOME
Florida State has defeated the nation’s No. 1 ranked team three times in school history with two coming under head coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles defeated No. 1 ranked Duke (March 1, 2006) and No. 1 North Carolina (March 14, 2009) for two of the programs wins over No. 1 ranked teams. Florida State defeated No. 1 ranked Duke (Jan. 6, 2002) under then head coach Steve Robinson for the first win in school history over the nation’s No. 1 ranked team.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat No. 1/1 Duke and gain a win over the nation’s top ranked team for the fourth time in school history. The Seminoles defeated No. 1 ranked Duke (77-76) on Jan. 6, 2002; No. 1 ranked Duke (79-74), on March 1, 2006 and topped No. 1 North Carolina (73-70) on March 14, 2009 to advance to the championship game of the 2009 ACC Tournament;
…Defeat No. 1/1 Duke and gain a win over a second ranked team this season. It would mark the third consecutive and fourth time in the last five seasons that Florida State has defeated multiple ranked teams in a single season.
FLORIDA STATE’S SUCCESS IN THE ACC
Florida State is the third winningest program in the ACC in the last six years (since the start of the 2005-06 season) in total ACC regular season and ACC Tournament games. The Seminoles have won 49 games against ACC competition and are tied with Maryland as the third winningest ACC program during that span. Florida State played in the 2009 ACC Championship game and is one of only seven teams in the league (also Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, NC State) to have played in at least one ACC Tournament championship game.
FLORIDA STATE’S WINNING PERCENTAGE IN THE LAST THREE SEASONS
Florida State is the fourth winningest program in the ACC with a winning percentage of .7073 since the start of the 2008-09 season. The Seminoles averaged 23.5 wins per season with records of 25-10 (2008-09) and 22-10 (2009-10) in the last two seasons and have won 11 of their first 15 games of the 2010-11 season. Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Duke having won 11 of 16 games this season (.688 winning percentage) and 16 of their last 25 games since defeating Boston College on Feb.14, 2010.
FLORIDA STATE VS. RANKED TEAMS
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against No. 1/1 Duke with 18 wins over nationally ranked opponents during the first nine years of the Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee. Included in those 18 wins by Hamilton-coached teams are victories over No. 1 ranked Duke (79-74, March 1, 2006) and No. 1 ranked North Carolina (73-70 in the ACC Tournament Semifinals, March 19, 2009).
SEMINOLES FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE AGAINST RANKED TEAMS IN 2010-11
Florida State has played well defensively against the three ranked teams it has played so far this season and has held the trio of teams (No. 2 Ohio State, No. 14 Florida and No. 15 Baylor) to a combined .342 shooting mark from the field and an average of 58.0 points scored per game. The Seminoles held the Buckeyes to a .322 mark and 58 total points, the Gators to a .381 shooting mark and 55 points and the Bears to a .333 mark from the field and 61 total points – all marks were below their respective shooting marks and scoring averages.