Dec. 14, 2010
|Wednesday, December 15th – 9:00 p.m. EST|
|Donald L. Tucker Center | Tallahassee, FL|
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State, which won its first ACC game of the season with a 75-69 victory over Clemson on Sunday night, closes out a season-long six game homestand as it plays host to Stetson on Wed, Dec. 15 at 9:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles are 5-2 at home this season with wins in their last two home games over Hartford (Dec. 5, 60-38) and Clemson (Dec. 12, 75-69). In between its games against Hartford and Clemson, Florid State took a week off to prepare for and take their final exams. The Seminoles now have six games, including their game against Stetson before classes begin for the spring semester on Jan. 4. Between the end of the Stetson game and the beginning of spring semester classes, the Seminoles will travel nearly 10,500 miles to get to Los Angeles to play at Loyola Marymount (Dec. 18, 11:00 EST), then to Honolulu to play in the Diamond Head Classic (Dec. 22-25) and at Auburn (Jan. 3, 8:00 p.m. EST). Once classes begin in January for the players, the Seminoles continue ACC play at Virginia Tech (Jan. 8, 8:00 p.m.) before returning home to play their next home game against Duke (Jan. 12, 9:00 p.m.) nearly one month after the Seminoles play host to Stetson on Tuesday night.
FLORIDA STATE’S STILL REIGNS AS THE NATION’S TOP DEFENSE TEAM
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Stetson as the nation’s top rated defense as it is ranked no. 1 nationally in field goal percentage defense (.325) and is in the top 30 nationally for blocked shots per game (2nd, 8.1 bpg), scoring defense (23rd, 58.0 ppg) and steals per game (27th, 9.4 spg). The Seminoles led the nation and the ACC with a .377 field goal percentage defense mark during the 2009-10 season.
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.
NOTING FLORIDA STATE’S Chris Singleton
Junior All-American candidate Chris Singleton is the only play in the ACC to rank in the top five in the conference statistics in both blocked shots and rebounds. He is the ACC leader in steals (27, 3.0 spg) and is ranked second in blocked shots (25, 2.1 bpg). He is looking to become only the second player in ACC history (also Duke’s Shane Battier in 2000 and 2001) to finish in the top five in BOTH steals and blocked shots in multiple years).
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Stetson and win its 16th consecutive game against the Hatters. The Seminoles have won ever game played between the two teams since Dec. 11, 1975; …Defeat Stetson and win its 22nd consecutive home game against Stetson. The Seminoles have won each of the games played in Tallahassee between these two teams since Dec. 18, 1953; …Defeat Stetson and gain its 13th win in its last 14 home games against a team from the state of Florida. The Seminoles have lost only once at home to a team from the Sunshine State since a Jan. 29, 2005 win against Miami.
JONES LOOKS TO MOVE AHEAD IN SHOTS FROM THE HEART COMPETITION
Associate head coach Stan Jones will make his second round appearance in the Shots from the Heart competition campaign for the American Heart Association free throw shooting contest. Jones defeated Mark Prosser of Wofford College in round one and will face Andy Fox of Tulane in the second round of the event. Jones made 24 of 25 free throws for a near perfect score of 31 points to advance in the NCAA Tournament like bracket contest. He will shoot his second round free throws prior to Florida State’s game against Stetson on Wed., Dec. 15. (www.collegeinsider.com/shots)
FLORIDA STATE LEADS THE ACC IN THE MOST STATISTICAL CATEGORIES
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Stetson as the ACC leader in 33 percent (seven of 21) of the statistical categories used to measure the 12 teams in the ACC. The Seminoles are followed by Duke who leads the ACC in five statistical categories and Miami who leads the ACC in three different categories.
FLORIDA STATE’S DEFENSE BY THE NUMBERS…
…Florida State has allowed only one opponent to score more than 70 points (73 by UNC Greensboro on Nov. 14) in its first nine games of the season as it surrenders an average of 58.0 points per game. Including the final eight games of the 2009-10 season, the Seminoles have held 16 of its last 17 opponents under 70 points scored. Only UNC Greensboro (73 on Nov. 14, 2010) and Clemson (77 on Feb. 10, 2010) have scored more than 70 points against the Seminoles’ defense since Feb. 10, 2010; …Only one team (NC State on Jan. 12, 2010) in the last two seasons has scored 80 or more points in a single game against Florida State. The Wolfpack defeated the Seminoles, 88-81. in Tallahassee; …Florida State surrenders an ACC leading average of 58.0 points per game. The last ACC team to lead the league in scoring defense while surrendering less than 60.0 points per game was NC State during the 2997 season. The Wolfpack gave up an average of 54.7 points per game in 32 games played; …Florida State has led the ACC in field goal percentage defense in both of the last two seasons. The Seminoles led the league in 2009 with a .387 mark, in 2010 with.377 mark and lead the league again this season with a .325 mark. If it were to hold at .325 or lower, the Seminoles would come very close to the all-time ACC record of .320 set by the 1954 North Carolina Tar Heels.
FLORIDA STATE HAS…
…Held each of its last eight ACC opponents to 69 points or less. The Seminoles have held those eight ACC opponents to an average of 55.6 points – including allowing only 47 points to both Boston College (Feb. 14, 2010) and Wake Forest (March 3, 2010) on their way to a 10-6 mark and a third place finish in the ACC standings during the 2009-10 season;
FLORIDA STATE’S SECOND HALF OFFENSIVELY AGAINST CLEMSON
Florida State played as complete a half in it second half comeback against Clemson on Sunday night as it has in the last two weeks. The Seminoles outscored Clemson 47-35 (the most points in a half since scoring 51 against FIU in the second half of its 89-66 win over the Panthers on Nov. 18); shot .516 percent from the field (its best shooting percentage in a half since shooting .619 in the second half in its 79-55 win over Mercer on Nov. 23), turned the ball over only six times (its best half since being charged with only five turnovers in the first half against Florida), made 10 of 12 free throws including their final six of the game in the final 38 seconds, made five of nine 3-point shots (including two in the final 3:36 of the game to help the Seminoles’ seal the win.
…Leads the ACC in blocked shots with 73 and an 8.1 blocked shots per game average and is the only team in the league with two players ranked in the top 10 of the league statistics for individual blocked shots (Chris Singleton, 2nd, Bernard James, 4th).
SINGLETON AND JAMES ON THE BLOCKS
Junior All-American Chris Singleton enters Wednesday’s game against Stetson with 25 blocked shots and junior Bernard James enters the game with 23 blocked shots. Singleton (tied for 17th) and James (tied for 27th) are tone of only two sets of teammates who are ranked in the nation’s top 30 for individual blocked shots and combine for 48 blocked shots – as many or more than all but four teams in the ACC.
FLORIDA STATE’S BLOCKED SHOTS
Florida State enters its game against Stetson as the ACC leader in blocked shots (73 blocked shots, 8.1 bpg) after leading the ACC with a 6.3 blocked shots per game average last season. The Seminoles have four players with at least five blocked shots this season and are averaging nearly two blocked shots per game more this season despite the loss of All-ACC Defensive Team member and ACC Blocked shots leader Solomon Alabi.
The gates will open at 5pm for the 6pm women’s game against Central Florida. At that time either a women’s or men’s ticket will get a fan into the game.
Fans that come to the women’s game late with a women’s ticket will still be allowed in. Fans arriving without a ticket during the second half of the women’s game will have to purchase a men’s ticket.
Anyone in attendance for the women’s game can stay for the men’s game regardless of the ticket they have. Women’s patrons with a GA ticket will have to move seats if they’re in a reserved seat for the men’s game.
The arena will not be cleared between the games as the men’s game is scheduled to start approximately 35 minutes after the conclusion of the women’s game.