Feb. 22, 2011
|Wednesday, February 23rd – 9:00 pm EST|
|Comcast Center | College Park, MD|
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State, which has a 9-3 conference record and is solidly in third place in the ACC standings, travels to play at Maryland on Feb. 23, 2001 at 9:00 p.m.at Comcast Center in College Park, Md., in its seventh ACC road game of the season. The Seminoles have won three conference road games this season (at Miami, at Georgia Tech and at Wake Forest) and are the one of only four teams in the ACC who have won three or more conference road games. Florida State enters Wednesday’s game having won eight of their last 10 games since defeating No. 1 ranked Duke (66-61) on Jan. 12 in Tallahassee including each of their last three with two wins on the road (at Georgia Tech and at Wake Forest) and one at home (against Virginia). With 56 wins in ACC play in the last six seasons (regular season and tournament games) the Seminoles enter their game against Maryland as THE THIRD WINNINGEST PROGRAM IN THE ACC SINCE THE START OF THE 2005-06 SEASON. Only Duke and North Carolina have won more games against ACC competition in the last six seasons. Florida State enters Wednesday night’s game on the verge of 20 overall wins and 10 ACC wins for the third consecutive season – which would mark a first in the history of the Florida State program. It would mark the school record-tying third consecutive season of 20 or more wins in a season (also in 1991, 1992 and 1993) and the first time since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season that Florida State has won at least 10 games in the ACC in three consecutive seasons. Following its game against Maryland, the Seminoles return home for its final home games of the season as they will play host to Miami (Feb. 26, 2:00 p.m.) and North Carolina on Senior Night (March 2, 7:00 p.m.) before closing out the regular season at NC State in the final game of the ACC season (March 6, 6:15 p.m.).
THE SINGLETON CAMPAIGN
Junior forward Chris Singleton is an All-American candidate, 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. He has earned ACC Player of the Week honors twice this season.
BALANCED ATTACK LEADS FLORIDA STATE AT WAKE FOREST
With four players scoring at least 13 points, the Seminoles defeated Wake Forest, 84-66, on Saturday in their first game before junior All-American candidate Chris Singleton’s return to the court after surgery on his right foot on Feb. 14. It marked the third time in ACC play and sixth time this season the Seminoles have scored in excess of 80 points. A total of seven Seminoles —
Bernard James (15 vs. Wake, +6.8), Okaro White (13 vs. Wake, +6.6), Deividas Dulkys (14 vs. Wake, +6.4), Ian Miller (14 vs. Wake, +8.1) and Xavier Gibson (7 vs. Wake, +1.0) along with Terrance Shannon and Luke Loucks all scored above their season long scoring average in the win over the Deacons.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Maryland and win its first game at Maryland under head coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles have beaten Maryland four times since Hamilton’s arrival for the 2002-03 season but have yet to win at Comcast Center;
…Defeat Maryland and win its 10th ACC game of the season. It would mark the first time since Florida State joined the ACC that it has won at least 10 conference games in three consecutive seasons;
…Defeat Maryland and win its 20th game of the season. It would mark the fifth time in the last six seasons that the Seminoles under Leonard Hamilton have won at least 20 games in a season. The Seminoles average 21.7 wins per season in the last six years.
FLORIDA STATE’S SUCCESS IN THE ACC
Consistency. It’s what every program strives for and under Leonard Hamilton it’s what the Seminoles have achieved at a very high level. 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 55 games against ACC competition. Florida State played in the 2009 ACC Championship game and is one of only two teams in the ACC (they are joined by Duke) who has finished with double digit wins and in the top four of the final ACC standings in BOTH of the last two seasons. Including their nine wins in ACC play this season, the Seminoles average more than nine wins per year since the start of the 2005-06 season with four games plus the ACC Tournament still remaining on their schedule.
FLORIDA STATE’S WINNING PERCENTAGE IN THE LAST THREE SEASONS
Florida State is the third winningest program in the ACC in the last three years (since the start of the 2008-09 season) in total games played with 65 wins. 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 17 of their first 24 games of the 2010-11 season. Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Maryland having won 19 of 26 games this season (.731 winning percentage) and 24 of their last 34 games since defeating Boston College on Feb.14, 2010.
SEMINOLES AGAINST RANKED TEAMS THIS SEASON
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Wake Forest as one of only two teams in the ACC that has played at least five ranked teams and is one of only two teams in the league that has defeated at least two ranked teams. The Seminoles have played five ranked teams (No. 14 Florida, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 15 Baylor, No. 1 Duke and No. 23 North Carolina) and defeated two of them (No. 15 Baylor on Dec. 25, 68-61 and No. 1 Duke on Jan. 16, 66-61). Only Maryland (5, 0-5) has played as many ranked teams and only Duke has defeated more ranked teams (4, 4-0) so far this season among league teams. Florida State has won two games against ranked teams this season – with the entire ACC having defeated a total of eight ranked teams.
FLORIDA STATE ON THE ROAD IN ACC PLAY
Florida State has 12ACC road wins in the last three seasons – tied for the second highest total of road wins in conference play since the start of the 2008-09 season. The Seminoles were 5-3 on the road in 2009-10 with wins at Georgia Tech, at Boston College, at Virginia, at North Carolina and at Miami. Earlier this season the Seminoles won at Miami and at Georgia Tech and next play on the road at Maryland on Feb. 23.
FLORIDA STATE IS…
…Tied as the ACC’s second winningest road team in ACC play in the last three seasons with 12 wins
…The ACC’s second winningest road team in overall games in the last three seasons with 18 wins
FLORIDA STATE IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS
Florida State is one of only two teams in the nation that ranks in the top 25 of the most important defensive categories – field goal percentage defense (first), blocked shots (eighth) and steals (20th) that are compiled by the NCAA. Only Alabama of the SEC joins the Seminoles as the two teams ranked among the nation’s top defensive teams in the top 25 of all three categories.
FLORIDA STATE’S SIZZLING ACC START
Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Maryland with a 9-3 record in ACC play and a solid hold on third place in the conference standings. The Seminoles’ 9-3 start after 12 games ranks as the second best start to an ACC season – behind only the 10-2 record after 12 games by the 1992-93 Seminoles who finished 12-4 in the ACC, advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament and then to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
SEMINOLES PLAYING FOR 10 ACC WINS
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Maryland looking to earn its 10th ACC win of the season and up its ACC record to 10-3. A 10th ACC win this season would mark the school record third consecutive season the Seminoles have earned 10 ACC regular season wins. Florida State is looking to become only the fifth team in ACC history to earn double digit ACC wins in at least three consecutive seasons.
FLORIDA STATE WITH FOUR DOUBLE DIGIT ACC WINS
Florida State defeated Wake Forest, 84-66, on Feb. 19 to gain their fourth double digit ACC victory of the season. The Seminoles have also defeated NC State (Jan. 15, 84-71, +13), Boston College (Jan. 22, 67-51, +16) and Wake Forest (Feb. 1, 85-61, +24) by double digits in ACC play this season. It marks the sixth consecutive season and 18 times in 19 seasons since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season that Florida State has defeated at least one ACC team by 10 or more points in at least one game. The school record for double digit ACC wins is seven during the 1992-93 season when Florida State finished in second place in the ACC standings with a 12-4 mark.