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March 19, 2011

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Seminoles.com Gameday
Sunday, March 19th –  9:40 pm EST
United Center | Chicago, IL
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TV:  TBS | Radio: Seminole Sports Network
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Game Notes
Key Players

Bernard James

21.0
Min / Game
35.4

Ben Hansbrough

8.5
Pts. / Game
18.4
0.2
Ast. / Game
4.3
5.7
Reb. / Game
3.9
65.2
FG %
48.2
0.0
3PT %
43.7
50.0
FT %
82.0
Head to Head

10 – Florida State Seminoles

(22-10) (11-5 ACC)

2 – Notre Dame Fighting Irish

(27-6) (10-6 ACC)

Scoring‘NolesIrish
Points/Game
69
76
FG %
43.7
46.6
3PT %
32.9
39.2
FT %
66.3
72.6
Defense‘NolesIrish
Rebounds/Game
39
37
Steals/Game
9
5
Blocks/Game
6
4

CHICAGO, Ill. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State, which won its first NCAA Tournament game since 1998 with a 57-51 victory over No. 20 Texas A&M on Friday, plays No. 5/5 Notre Dame in the third round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament on Sunday March 21 at 9:40 p.m. EST at the United Center in Chicago. It marks the first time since the 1998 season the Seminoles have advanced in the NCAA Tournament. Florida State defeated Texas A&M on Friday to mark their third victory over a ranked team this season following wins over then No. 15 Baylor (Dec. 25, 68-61) and then No. 1 ranked Duke (Jan. 12, 66-61) earlier this season. The Seminoles’ win over No. 7 seed Texas A&M marked the first time since the 1998 NCAA Tournament that Florida State had defeated a higher seeded team in the event. The No. 12 seeded Seminoles defeated No. 5 ranked Texas Christian, 96-87, in their last win before Friday’s victory over the Aggies in the NCAA Tournament. Florida State’s win over Texas A&M marked its 22nd of the season marking the school record third consecutive season the Seminoles have won at least 22 games – they have won 69 games in the last three seasons for an average of 23 wins per season. The Seminoles’ 69 wins in the last three seasons is the second highest total of wins in a three season period – rivaling only Florida State’s 1970, 1971 and 1972 teams which won 71 games. The Seminoles played for the national championship in 1972 as they lost to John Wooden and UCLA, 81-76, in the final game of the NCAA Tournament.

DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Florida State defeated No. 7 seed Texas A&M, 57-50, in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament – it marked the fewest points allowed by the Seminoles in an NCAA Tournament. The 50 points allowed by Florida State marked the third consecutive game the Leonard Hamilton coached Seminoles have allowed 67 points or less in an NCAA Tournament game. Florida State limited Texas A&M to 50 points (26 in the first half and 24 in the second half, held the Aggies to a .314 field goal shooting percentage and blocked 10 shots). Florida State enters its third round NCAA Tournament game allowing an average of 51.0 points per game in its last two games and an average of 61.9 points per in their 32 games this season.

FLORIDA STATE IS THE NATIONAL LEADER IN FIELD GOAL PCT. DEFENSE
Florida State limited Texas A&M to a .314 field goal shooting percentage in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and enters its game against Notre Dame as the national leader in field goal percentage defense with a .362 mark. The Seminoles are looking to become the first team since Georgetown during the 1990 and 1991 seasons to lead the nation in back to back seasons in the field goal percentage defense category. Georgetown was coached in 1990 and 1991 by the venerable John Thompson who is broadcasting Sunday’s Florida State vs. Notre Dame game for Westwood One Radio. Florida State led the NCAA with a .377 field goal percentage defense mark during the 2009-10 season.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat No. 4 ranked Notre Dame and advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 1992-93 season and for the fourth time in school history. Florida State also advanced to the regional semifinal round in 1972 (on its way to the national championship game), 1991 (lost to Indiana in the Sweet 16) and 1993 (lost to Kentucky in the Elite 8);
…Defeat No. 4 ranked Notre Dame and gain a victory over the Fighting Irish in the first men’s basketball game ever played between the two very traditional national rivals;
…Defeat No. 4 ranked Notre Dame and gain a win over a fourth ranked team this season. It would mark the first time since the 2008-09 season that Florida State won as many as four games against ranked teams. The Seminoles defeated four ranked teams in 2008-09 including a win over No. 1 ranked North Carolina in the semifinals of the 2009 ACC Tournament.

SINGLETON RETURNS TO SEMINOLE ROTATION
Junior All-American candidate Chris Singleton returned to the Seminoles’ rotation in Florida State’s 57-50 win over Texas A&M. Singleton scored five points, pulled down two rebounds, earned one steal and blocked one shot in 16 minutes of play in his first action since breaking his right foot on February 12 against Virginia in Tallahassee. Singleton missed six games during which the Seminoles won three of six games. Singleton’s first basket of the game came at the 5:12 mark of the first half gave the Seminoles a 17-16 lead while a 3-point shot at the 6:45 mark of the second half gave the Seminoles a 45-40 lead.

SINGLETON ONLY 40 POINTS FROM 1,000
Junior All-American candidate Chris Singleton enters Sunday’s game against Notre Dame with 960 career points and needs only 40 points to become only the 42nd player in school history with 1,000 or more career points.

SEMINOLES’ JAMES LEADS BLOCK PARTY
Junior Bernard James record three of Florida State’s 10 blocked shots in its victory over Texas A&M in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. It marked the fifth time (and first time since Nov. 30 against Ohio State) that Florida State blocked at least 10 shots in a game. The Seminoles’ season high of 13 blocked shots came in their win over Mercer on Nov. 23.

JAMES RANKED SECOND FOR A SINGLE SEASON IN SEMINOLE HISTORY
Junior Bernard James blocked three shots in the Seminoles’ win over Texas A&M on Friday and enters Sunday’s game against Notre Dame with 74 blocked shots this season. His 74 blocked shots are tied for the second best single season blocked shots total in school history. James has blocked as many shots this season as Corey Louis did during the 1994-95 season.

KITCHEN LEADS FLORIDA STATE IN REBOUNDS AGAINST TEXAS A&M
Senior Derwin Kitchen, the best rebounding guard in the ACC, led Florida State with seven rebounds in its victory over Texas A&M. It marked the second time in three games and third time in the last six games that Kitchen has led the Seminoles in rebounding. Kitchen tied his career high with 13 rebounds in Florida State’s regular season closing win over NC State and has led the Seminoles in rebounding a team leading 12 times this season. He enters Sunday’s game against Notre Dame with a single-season career high 178 rebounds and a career high 5.6 rebounds per game average.

KITCHEN LEADS FLORIDA STATE IN FOUR STATISTICAL CATEGORIES
Senior Derwin Kitchen led Florida State with 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists (tied for the team lead and two steals (tied for the team lead). It marked the third time this season Kitchen has led Florida State in all four statistical categories this season – with his all around performances all coming in wins over No. 1 Duke on Jan. 12 (22 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals), Boston College on Jan. 22 (16 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals) and Texas A&M. Kitchen enters Sunday’s game against Notre Dame ranked first on the team in assists and steals, second in scoring and third in rebounding.

KITCHEN TAKES OVER FLORIDA STATE’S STEALS LEAD
Senior Derwin Kitchen earned two steals in Florida State’s victory over Texas A&M to take over the Seminoles’ team lead for steals with 55 and a 1.7 steals per game average. In the six games during junior All-American Chris Singleton’s absence he totaled nine steals. Kitchen’s 55 steals this season gives him 132 steals during his career – tied for the 17th highest career total in Florida State history.

WHITE FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Freshman Okaro White has made nine consecutive free throws and enters Sunday’s game against Notre Dame shooting a team high .821 from the free throw line. He has made 64 free throws – the fifth highest total by a freshman in school history. White made 35 of 42 shots (.833) in ACC play and 26 of 31 (.839) shots from the free throw line during the months of February and March.

FLORIDA STATE WITH 20 WINS OVER RANKED TEAMS UNDER Leonard Hamilton
Florida State has defeated three ranked teams this season and enters Sunday’s game against No. 5 Notre Dame with 20 wins over nationally ranked opponents during the first nine years of the Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee. Included in those 20 wins by Hamilton-coached teams are three victories over No. 1 ranked Duke teams, two victories over ranked North Carolina teams including one over No. 1 ranked North Carolina (73-70 in the ACC Tournament Semifinals, March 19, 2009). Three of the Seminoles’ last six victories over nationally ranked teams have come on neutral courts with wins over No. 21 Texas A&M (March 18, 2011 at the United Center in Chicago), No. 15 Baylor (Dec. 25, 2010 at the Stan Sherriff Center at the University of Hawaii) and No. 1 North Carolina (March 14, 2009 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.).

FLORIDA STATE’S FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Florida State has limited 99 of its last 103 opponents to 50 percent shooting or less from the field. Only two teams this season (North Carolina on Feb. 6 and Maryland on Feb., 23) has shot 50 percent or better.

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