Jan. 7, 2011
|Saturday, January 8th – 3:00 p.m. EST|
|Cassell Coliseum | Blacksburg, VA|
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|TV: ESPN2 | Radio: Seminole Sports Network|
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State, which has won six of its last seven ACC games, continues its ACC schedule after nearly one month away from conference play as it travels to Virginia Tech to face the Hokies on Saturday Jan., 8 at 3:00 p.m. at Cassell Coliseum on Blacksburg, Va. It marks the Seminoles second ACC game of the season after opening conference play with a 75-69 victory over Clemson on Dec. 12 in Tallahassee. The Seminoles won all but one of their conference games since defeating Boston College on Feb. 14, 2010 on their way to their second consecutive 10-6 record in conference play. Florida State is one of only two teams in the ACC which has won at least 10 conference games AND finished in the top four of the conference standings in each of the last two seasons. Florida State has a 21-12 overall conference record (.634 winning percentage) since the start of the 2008-09 league schedule. The Seminoles arrive in Blacksburg with a three game winning streak against the Hokies which includes a 67-65 victory at Cassell Coliseum on Feb. 21, 2009 in their last road game against Virginia Tech. Florida State’s game at Virginia Tech is its sixth of six consecutive games away from home marking the longest road trip of the season. The Seminole are 3-2 on their current journey of more than 12,000 miles which last saw them play at home on Dec. 15 with a 97-63 victory over Stetson. Following Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech the Seminoles will play host to No. 1 ranked Duke on Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. in a game that will be televised nationally by ESPN.
ANSWERS AND QUESTIONS – SEMINOLE JEOPARDY
Florida State under Leonard Hamilton has developed into one of the most consistent programs in the ACC. Entering its game against Virginia Tech on Saturday, the Seminoles are the third winningest program in the ACC play in the last six seasons and the third winningest ACC program overall since the start of the 2008-09 season. In addition, the Seminoles are one of only two ACC teams which has won 10 or more conference games and finished in the top four of the ACC standings in the last two seasons.
Answer Question Florida State Who is the third overall winningest program in the ACC in the last three years? Florida State Who is the third winningest program in ACC play in the last six years? Florida State Who is the only ACC team to lead the nation in a specific statistical category?
THE SINGLETON CAMPAIGN
Junior All-American candidate Chris Singleton, who was named to the All-Tournament team at the Diamond Head Classic as he averaged a double double of 14.7 points and 10.3 rebounds is a candidate for the Naismith Award 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 Virginia Tech and win its fourth consecutive game against the Hokies. The Seminoles have won 11 of the 13 games they have played against the Hokies since Jan. 26, 1991; …Defeat Virginia Tech and win its second ACC game of the season and improve to 2-0 in the ACC for the first time since the 1999-00 season and for the second time in program history; …Defeat Virginia Tech and win its fourth consecutive ACC road game. The Seminoles closed the 2009-10 ACC season with wins at Virginia (Feb. 17, 69-50), at North Carolina (Feb. 24, 77-67) and at Miami (March 6, 61-60).
FLORIDA STATE’S WINNING PERCENTAGE IN THE LAST THREE SEASONS
Florida State is the third 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 Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech having won 11 of 15 games this season (.733 winning percentage) and 16 of their last 24 games since defeating Boston College on Feb.14.
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 CONTINUES ITS DEFENSIVE DOMINANCE
Florida State, which is the nation’s top ranked defensive team, continued its defensive mastery in its game against Auburn on Monday night. The Seminoles held the Tigers to 65 points while blocking seven shots and earning 10 steals. The Seminoles are ranked as the nation’s No. 1 team for field goal percentage defense (.347) and are ranked third nationally in blocked shots per game (7.0 bpg). Florida State led the nation in field goal percentage defense in 2009-10 with a .377 mark and has held 83 of its last 84 opponents under 50 percent shooting from the field.
FLORIDA STATE’S FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Florida State has limited 81 of its last 82 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 82 game span, Florida State has won 58 games and is holding its opponents to a .374 cumulative field goal shooting percentage.
FLORIDA STATE ENTERS SATURDAY’S GAME AGAINST VIRGINIA TECH…
…With the most overall steals in the ACC (135) and ranked third in the ACC in steals with a 9.0 steals per game average. The Seminoles have earned double figure steals in six of its 15 games and has nine or more steals in eight of its 15 games; …With the most overall blocked shots in the ACC (105) and are ranked first in the ACC with a 7.0 blocked shots per game average. The Seminoles are the only team in the ACC with more than 100 blocked shots and have blocked more shots than both Miami (56) and Boston College (34) combined AND have blocked more shots than Virginia (44) and Boston College (34) combined also; …With 105 blocked shots marking the fourth straight season it has blocked at least 100 shots. The Seminoles have blocked at least 100 shots in all but one year since the 1999-2000 season; …As the only team in the ACC who ranks in the top three in both average blocked shots per game (first, 7.0 bpg) and steals (third, 9.0 spg).